Folks! What about this game? Rohit Sharma’s MI suffered a heartbreaking loss in the IPL opener whereas Gautam Gambhir’s DD lost back to back games against Kings X Punjab and Rajasthan Royals. Both the sides would be looking for a victory to move up in the points table. So, just before a couple of days from this exciting clash, let’s have a look at their strengths and weaknesses:
Mumbai Indians (MI )
Probably one of the most consistent teams in the IPL history, Mumbai Indians would be looking to start their winning momentum against Delhi Daredevils at their own den. MI, the poor starters, cannot afford another loss from here.
Wankhede Stadium – Defeating Mumbai Indians at Wankhede is a tough task but Chennai did it superbly in the 2018 IPL opener. Still from one game, we cannot remove Wankhede Stadium from Mumbai Indians’ strength. Playing in front of their home crowd would be a big plus for MI and there would be a greater chance that Delhi Daredevils would be under pressure.
Pandya Brothers – Both Hardik & Krunal were the top performers in the opening encounter against Chennai Super Kings. The due are expected to continue their fine form with both bat and ball.
Poor Starters – Now, this is the only concern when it comes to the IPL’s best squad Mumbai Indians. They have never been good in the initial stages of the league and this can pop up in their minds.
Expensive in the beginning – Mumbai Indians attack will have to take care of their habit of spending too much runs in the first 6 overs. The likes of McClenaghan and Bumrah will have to make some plan to cure this issue.
Delhi Daredevils (DD)
Delhi Daredevils have been quite since the commencement of the IPL 2018. They lost their first two battles against KXIP and RR straightaway. And now, a game against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede would be another tough task for Gambhir’s men.
Return of Maxwell – Australia’s swashbuckling batsman Glenn Maxwell has arrived in India for this season. In the game against KXIP, he wasn’t available in the country but he batted against Rajasthan when DD needed 71 off 6 overs. It was not easy but a full game against Mumbai can allow Maxwell to hit lot of maximums.
Gauti: A fine leader – Gautam Gambhir understands the scenario well and must be having some plan to tackle their constant defeats. He knows that a win against Mumbai Indians is very important, therefore, the Delhiite would do anything possible to take his team over the line.
Losing regular wickets – Delhi Daredevils need to put high total on the board if they would bat first against MI on Saturday. Something above 180 would work for them! In both of their matches so far, they lost quick wickets and therefore unable to reach a good total.
Away game – This will also be an away game for DD! They haven’t played a game at Kotla till now and sometimes to gain confidence a game at home works. Well! This one is at Wankhede and a win from here can boost their confidence.
Cricwizz Prediction: As the game is going to be held at Wankhede Stadium, so Mumbai Indians are favourites to win the game. What’s your thoughts? Vote Now:
Who will win?
- Mumbai (70%, 117 Votes)
- Delhi (30%, 50 Votes)
Total Voters: 167