A royal battle is expected as heavy weights from the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi capitals cross swords, seeking to outwit each other in IPL here on Tuesday. Against the reviving side, the defending MI champions will have to answer their problems from the middle line if they want to win a third consecutive victory.
As Delhi entered the match after beating the Punjab Kings with six wickets at Wanhead Stadium, Mumbai recorded mutual victories, defending low amounts, something a great opponent like DC may not offer. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma has started and he would like to make it big and so it would be Quinton de Cock.
There are people in MI like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal, who can make any attack subordinate to their day, but will still shoot at all cylinders. After the last match, Rohit admitted that his team “can beat a little better in the middle of the overs”.
The bowlers in Mumbai, led from the top of the spear Jasprit bumrah, were great in the last two games when they successfully defended low scores of 150 and 152 respectively. Strike bowling Bumrah (3 straps) and New Zealander Trent Bult (6 straps) were exceptional at death. Foot spinner Rahul Chahar, whom bowling coach Shane Bond described as “wicket bowling”, has grabbed seven wickets in the last two games.
Another important gear is the left-handed spinner Krunal, which would itch to give breakthroughs to his team. Mumbai was playing Adam Milne in the previous match, but given the nature of the pitch, they could be tempted to bring out spinner Giant Yadav, who played the 2020 final against the same opposition.
Meanwhile, for the capital Delhi, the biggest positive is the shape of Shikhar davan, who is the leading goal scorer so far in the tournament with 186 tracks. Davan and young Prithvi Shaw form a deadly starting combination, but Mumbaikar must turn its starts into big results.
Delhi chose Australian Steve Smith on Sunday, but as they next play on the slow Chepauk track, they may return to Adjinkya Rahanewhich seems more appropriate for such songs. Skipper Rishabh Pant has the ability to attack cleaners. The management of the DC team will hope that the highest order will shoot in unison against the defending champions, from whom they lost in the final last year.
DC also has quality universal players in Marcus Stoinis and Lalit Yadav, who would like to play their roles well. Their attack is rapidly being led by South Africa Kagiso Rabada and Chris Wakes, both have been impressive so far. They have an additional option in Anrich Notrje, who also joined the team.
Delhi played four beats in the match against Punjab, but in Chennai they could play more spinners, as the track is favorable for slower bowlers. They have opportunities in the experienced Amit Mishra, Pravin Dubey and rookies Shams Mulani, who can complement Ravichandran Ashvin.
Capitals of Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmeier, Marcus Stoynis, Chris Wakes, R. Ashwin, Shams Mulani, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Northje Ishant SharmaAvesh Khan, Steve Smith, You can eat, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Aniruddha Joshi.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lin, Daval Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Niysham, Jasprit Bumra, Jayat, Jaya Crowned Panda, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Neal, Piyush Chawla, Quinton De Kock (WK), Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh.
The match starts at 19.30.