Delhi Capitals are all set to host Mumbai Indians in the 36th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League season tonight. Will Delhi hold on to their second spot? Well, looking at the current form of DC they might defeat MI today.
This is going to be the second meeting between these two sides of this season. The last time Delhi got better of Mumbai. The Delhi franchise put up a total of 213 runs and MI in return could only score 176 runs. It was the first game for the new owners of Delhi, and it started on a positive note.
The two sides have played nine games each till now and have won five of them. The rest of the three games ended in a defeat for both sides. With this result, Delhi are currently in the second position while Mumbai is in 3rd position in the IPL points table. A win for either side will create a gap of two points between them.
Delhi have been more consistent in comparison to Mumbai this season. The Delhi franchise have won their last three fixtures while MI have lost one game and won the other one so far.
The two sides have faced each other 23 times out of which Delhi have won 12 times and Mumbai, 11. At Firoz Shah Kotla, DC have got better of MI, winning six out of nine matches.
Predicted line-up for DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma.
Predicted line-up for MI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
Rishabh Pant vs Jasprit Bumrah
This is going to be an interesting battle as one of the hard hitters of cricket will face one of the best pacers in the world of cricket currently.
Rishabh Pant has scored 245 runs in eight matches till now. The Delhi keeper-batsman has scored the fastest half-century of this season which came against MI.
Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, has picked 8 wickets in 8 games with an economy rate of 6.81. The Mumbai pacer won the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore for his side this season. Also, he always finds a breakthrough whenever his team needs it.
The last time these two faced each other Pant got better of Bumrah. However, this might change today as the MI pacer is performing consistently in comparison to the Delhi keeper-batsman.
Pant has scored only one half-century, which came in the first game of Delhi. Since then he has played small innings but hasn’t been able to build on them in any fixture.
Ishant Sharma vs Quinton de Kock
It’s been a great season for Ishant Sharma so far. The Indian pacer has been a key for Delhi in getting early wickets. He has been bowling perfect line and length with great pace, which has helped him in getting crucial wickets.
Ishant has picked five wickets in his six appearances with an economy rate of 7.26 for Delhi. These stats aren’t that convincing when we look at the highest wicket-takers list. However, the Indian pacer has been doing his job perfectly, which is to get an early wicket for his side.
Quinton de Kock, on the other hand, has been a great buy for Mumbai Indians. The Proteas opener has provided stability and solidity to the MI’s opening pair. With Rohit Sharma on the other side of the wicket, De Kock’s main role is to score runs in the power play and he’s been doing it perfectly.
The Proteas opener has scored 278 runs in his eight appearances for Mumbai. De Cock has already scored two half-centuries so far, which is more than he scored in the last season of IPL.
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This is going to be an interesting battle as both the sides are eager to clinch two points that will put them in a comfortable position. Also, looking at the competition for the playoffs. It is important for the two sides that they win their eight games and qualify for the next round.
Delhi’s bowler has been a key for them this season and with Mumbai’s middle order failing in most of the games. Cricwizz believes that DC will get their sixth win tonight.
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