Both Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are considered as the strong teams’ right from the start of the tournament. Mumbai Indians has lived up to the expectations whereas Delhi capitals stumbled at midway after finding the feat at right time. Both teams have got strong playing XI’s and have got proper bench strength. But somehow Delhi capitals have faded away during the halfway mark. Sudden injury to Rishabh pant has forced them to make the changes in the playing XI and there started their problems. It made Shimon Hetmeyer sit out for three games who are in good touch at the point of time. After that Prithvi Shaw has lost his form and Ajinkya Rahane couldn’t get going. All of sudden Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje started leaking runs made the things even worse. In their last league encounter, both Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan have shown some form and their major problem relies on their middle order. Captain Shreyas Iyer is getting stats but he couldn’t capitalise them and convert into a big score. Also, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant completely looks out of shorts. They need to find their way to get going. Marcus Stonis is not enough opportunities down the order and it’s time for Delhi capitals management to move his up the order. Both the teams have got good bowling unit but the injury to Ashwin will make Delhi capitals handicapped. Delhi is relying heavily on Shikhar Dhawan and if he can’t get going them you can expect their middle-order stumble once again. Ashwin has bowled in nets so you can expect him back in playing XI today.
Mumbai Indians on another hand has got the players is the much settled and well-balanced unit. The best thing about Mumbai Indians is they have quickly adapted to the conditions and started performing right from the beginning. They have got the world-class bowling unit and they have shown why they are the defending champions and more importantly, they have played like a defending champion throughout the tournament. They didn’t slip away in the middle and has got enough players for backup which makes them one of the strongest teams ever in the franchise cricket. Jaspirit Bumrah and Trent Boult will be back into the playing XI and so like Hardik Pandya. Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma are expected to open the innings followed by the in-form Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. Then they have Kieron Pollard and Pandya brothers who are striking above 150. Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya are taking wickets in the middle overs which releases pressure on their seam bowlers. Pattinson is expected to hold the place in playing XI and Jayant Yadav might make way for Hardik Pandya. At the same time, Rohit Sharma is back from injury and he doesn’t have the great outing in his last game. So he needs some time to settle in the middle. He also needs to face world-class bowlers like Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. It would be interesting to see how he fares well today.
What to expect:
Third seam bowling option is the biggest point of concern for Delhi Capitals and they have replaced Shimon Hetmeyer with Ajinkya Rahane to fit Daniel Sams into playing XI. Though Daniel sams went for 40 runs Ajinkya Rahane has displayed the stellar performance with the bat by notching 46 balls 60. So Delhi capitals might stick to the same strategy today.
Marcus Stonis, pant and Axar are striking less than 110 against Bumrah. So it will prompt Rohit to bowl Bumrah in the middle overs.
Both Rohit and de Kock is striking 90 against spin in powerplays so it might prompt Shreyas to open the bowling with Axar Patel.
Expected Playing XI:
1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Saurabh Tiwary, 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Rahul Chahar, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Daniel Sams, 11 Anrich Nortje
Both teams are strong bowling units but considering the batting Mumbai is getting the clear edge. So you can expect Mumbai Indians get better of Delhi capitals.