Man of the Match: Hardik Pandya
Delhi Capitals take on Mumbai Indians in the race for the second spot
Our prediction is Delhi Capitals will win the match!
All the teams are looking to gain ahead of the other team in the race for the play-offs. Delhi Capitals are currently in second spot with five victories and they have won their last three matches on a row. They defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by a big margin of 39 runs despite a low target of just 155 runs. Skipper Shreyas Iyer and Colin Munro scored crucial 40+ knocks to set up the team`s total. Their openers are blowing hot and cold with alternating high and low scores. Rishab pant is having a quite season after his blistering knock in tournament opener.
Their bowling is their stronger suit which is led by sensational Kagiso Rabada. Chris Morris and Keemo Paul are in excellent form with the ball and they combined with Rabada to capture all 10 wickets of the SRH team. Spinners Axar patel and Amit Mishra might be needed to play a big role in the slow Feroz shah Kotla pitch.
Mumbai Indians also have won five matches out of their eight completed matches and are in fine touch. Their openers Skipper Rohit and Quinton de Kock are giving good starts for the last 2-3 matches and maintaining good run rate in powerplays.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are expected to play responsibly in the middle overs to resurrect the innings in case of quick wickets. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard are expected to give the finishing touches with their explosive batting. Krunal Pandya`s form is their big worry for Mumbai as he is struggling with both bat and ball. Jasprit Bumrah is their premium bowler who loves to take on the best batsmen in the opposition camp. He is supported by his master Lasith Malinga from whom he learnt the art of bowling Yorkers. Rahul Chahar bowls his leggies to contain the batsmen in the middle overs. They look like a well settled team but they still need to adapt to slow nature of delhi pitch.
Shreyas Iyer – Their skipper has been consistent with the bat this season scoring runs in every opportunity he gets. He also plays with a good strike rate to keep the score board moving.
Keemo Paul – Keemo Paul started the collapse for SRH by taking first three wickets last match. His variations such as slower balls and cutters are tough to predict for the batsmen. He was awarded MoM for his performance last match.
Stats from the season
Shreyas Iyer -266 runs, Strike rate – 120, HS – 67, 50s -1
Kagiso Rabada – 17 wickets, Economy – 7.7 RPO, BB – 4/21- Purple Cap Holder
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Ishant Sharma, Axar patel
Shreyas Iyer, Colin Munro, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Chris Morris, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma
Hardik Pandya – Pandya`s ability to strike the ball long and clear is a big boost for Mumbai. He can below par score above par ina matter of minutes. He is striking at rate of 190 runs per 100 balls this season. He is a handy bowler who can give you four overs if needed.
Lasith Malinga – Malinga displayed his varity of slower balls and slow bouncers once ABD was dismissed last match. He has match figures of 4/31 bowling in death last match. Lookout for the slinging slower ones and Yorkers.
Stats from the season
Quinton de Kock -278 runs, Strike rate – 138, HS – 81, 50s -2
Jasprit Bumrah - 8 wickets, Economy – 6.8 RPO, BB – 3/20
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan
Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, JJ Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav, J Yadav
Delhi pitch is on the slower side this season and ball is not coming onto the bat. The batsmen struggle to time the ball with ease in this kind of pitch. Average score will be around 150-170 runs. The match day is expected to sunny and clear with no to less chances of rain. Dew may come in late in the day.
All three matches played so far have been won by the team batting second in Delhi. And the recent trend almost 90% matches in last week were won by team chasing. Dew factor can be big concern while bowling second.
Both teams are coming off from excellent wins and are in good form. There is very little to separate them in their batting. But, DC have a good variety in their bowling options with medium pacers like Keemo Paul, Chris morris, etc with ability to bowl different of cutters. So we expect Delhi Capitals to win this match.
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