Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals face off in a top of the table clash in Abu Dhabi in the second game on a Super Sunday. Delhi are topping the table at the moment, while Mumbai placed second. This is the first of the two games in the season between these two teams. Both these teams are on a consistent winning run at the moment. However, for one team, the streak will come to an end. More about the Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals match preview in detail below.
Delhi Capitals come into this game by beating Rajasthan Royals in their previous game in Sharjah. They look the most dominant side in the IPL so far with an equal balance in all departments of the game. Their Indian core of batsmen in the top four have been doing the job consistently for the side. Marcus Stoinis has played the all-rounder’s role to perfection. To add to that, different players have performed for the team at different times in the tournament and contributed to their team’s success.
Meanwhile, they have lost the previous game which they played at this venue against Sunrisers Hyderabad. That was their only defeat in the tournament so far. Also despite having injury concerns, Delhi have managed to string together a side that is performing on match days without risking an injury. Rishabh Pant, who was troubled by cramps in Delhi’s previous game, will be available for their game against Mumbai.
Mumbai Indias Look to Pip Delhi Capitals in Top Of The Table Clash
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians are coming into this game after a five-day break having played their last game against the Royals on October 6. Delhi played the Royals on Friday and are coming into their next match inside 48 hours. It will be interesting to see if the break has helped Mumbai or if Delhi can make a quick turnaround.
They too like Delhi have managed to find the winning formulae. Though their openers have not fired together, Suryakumar Yadav at number three and the trio of the Hardik, Krunal and Kieron Pollard have scored the runs for them in the middle-overs. They have won three games at this venue in this season and has breached the 200-run mark consistently batting first.
Thir bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah, have got the job done. Trent Boult and James Pattinson have played a good supporting role in the process. Both Boult and Bumrah are in the purple cap list this season, with 10 and 11 wickets to their names respectively.
The match is big and the matchups are even bigger in this contest with a place at the top of the table up for grabs.
Head to Head: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals
Both teams have won 12 games against each other in a total of 24 games played. However, Delhi has beaten Mumbai, the last time both these teams played in the UAE in 2014. In the last five matches played between both teams, Delhi has beaten Mumbai three times.
Pitch & Weather Conditions
The temperature will be around the mid-30s and with the heat to boot, it will give a hard time to the players. Meanwhile, scores between 160-170 has been a winning score as KKR has proved in the last two games. However, Mumbai’s middle-order has found ways to breach the 200-run mark consistently at this venue. It will be interesting to see if they can do it again. Both teams have preferred batting first as well and defended their target rather comprehensively so far in the tournament.
Rishabh Pant, who went sore after the last match against Rajasthan Royals, will be available for selection. Meanwhile, there is no news of Nathan Coulter-Nile being fit for this game as well. Mumbai are thinking to bring on Jayant Yadav given Delhi’s dominance of left-handers in the batting line-up in the top seven.
Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Harshal Patel, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohit Sharma, Alex Carey, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Daniel Sams, Lalit Yadav