Our Prediction is Mumbai Indians to win the Match!
|Chennai Super Kings||14||9||5||0||0||18||0.131|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||14||6||8||0||0||12||0.028|
|Kings XI Punjab||14||6||8||0||0||12||-0.251|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||14||5||8||0||1||11||-0.607|
Three-time Champions Mumbai Indians will be looking to get off to a perfect start to their campaign when they take on Delhi in their opening fixture. Rohit Sharma will lead the side for this year’s competition and will certainly open the innings for the franchise.
On the other hand, revamped Delhi Capitals will be keen to turn their fortunes around this season with a good start against Mumbai Indians. Captain Shreyas Iyer will be focused to get the right combination for the opening game of this year’s competition.
Rohit Sharma-led unit will be keen to put in a good performance in front of their home spectators against Delhi Capitals. The franchise made some important signings in the off-season as Quinton de Kock, Yuvraj Singh and Jason Behrendorff will make their first appearance for Mumbai in this year’s competition.
In the batting department, Suryakumar Yadav finished as the leading run-scorer for Mumbai last season with 512 runs in 14 matches at an average of 36.57. Yadav will be keen to do well in this year’s competition and produce consistency with the bat for Mumbai Indians.
Besides Yadav, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock and Kieron Pollard to do the bulk of the scoring. Sharma is certain to the open the innings for the franchise for this year’s competition. Last season, he could only score 286 runs in 14 matches played in the competition. He will be keen to make a strong comeback with the bat in this year’s competition.
All-rounder Kieron Pollard is coming into this competition on the back of good form shown with the bat in the recently Pakistan Super League. After prolonged lean run, all-rounder seemed to have found his mojo with the bat and will be keen to put quick runs for the franchise in this opening game. Ben Cutting, Krunal Pandya and Evin Lewis are notable names in the Mumbai Indians squad. Cutting has shown good form in this year’s Big Bash League and will be looking to continue his good form in the coming edition of Indian Premier League.
In the bowling department, Jaspreet Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan are first-choice pace bowlers for the side for this game. Leg-spinner Mahesh Markande will certainly play this game while it will be toss-up between Lasith Malinga or Barinder Sran for the final spot.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock/Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mahesh Markande, Lasith Malinga.
Mitchell McClenaghan, Yuvraj Singh, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Rasikh Dar, Hardik Pandya, JJ Bumrah, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals will be looking to start their season with a win against Mumbai Indians. Captain Shreyas Iyer has done a decent job since being appointed the captain of the franchise last season. The franchise has certainly bolstered their overall squad by signing players like Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel and Ishant Sharma for this year’s competition.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer to do the bulk of the scoring. Dhawan will be keen to do well for Delhi Capitals in the opening game of the league against Mumbai. Last season, he scored 497 runs in 14 matches for his former franchise (Sunrisers Hyderabad). One thing is certain that Dhawan will produce consistent scores for the franchise at the top of the innings.
Last year, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant finished the season as the leading-run scorer for Delhi with 684 runs in 14 matches at an average of 52.61. Delhi Capitals will be hoping that Pant can deliver runs with the bat against Mumbai Indians.
Captain Shreyas Iyer is another bankable player in the batting department for Delhi Capitals. Last year, he scored 411 runs in 14 matches at an average of 37.36. He is certainly one player to watch out for Delhi Capitals in this year’s competition. Colin Munro and Colin Ingram are accomplished T20 players and will certainly provide value with the bat this season.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Trent Boult, Amit Mishra and Sandeep Lamichhane to deliver crucial breakthroughs. Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma are other prominent options for the side for this year’s competition.
Shreyas Iyer (captain), Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane/Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Tewatia/Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult.
Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Keemo Paul, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, R Tewatia, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel
The pitch will be decent for batting and there will be assistance for the spinners. The weather forecast for the game for Sunday is going to be bright and sunny.
The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has hosted a lot of home fixtures for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. The head-to-head record at the venue certainly favors Mumbai Indians as they have won five games out of seven played against Delhi.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bowl first. It will get easier to bat in the second half of the game.