Sharjah: After the loss in the previous match, Delhi Capitals will be eyeing a return to winning track in the IPL through Saturdays match, while out-of-form defending champions Mumbai Indians will look to maintain the momentum after a win. Will be
Delhi suffered its first defeat in the last match in the UAE leg of the IPL. The KKR bowlers took full advantage of the slow wicket by winning the toss and proving the captains decision to bowl first. None of the star-studded Delhi batsmen could hit a single six in 20 overs. Delhi could only manage 127 for nine in front of Sunil Narines spin.
Playing in place of injured Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith made 39 off 34 balls while Rishabh Pant made 39 off 36 balls. Only 13 runs came off the bat of the lower middle order. On a favorable pitch, Delhis spin trio Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Lalit Yadav will try to make a mark.
Mumbai, on the other hand, registered their first win in the previous match after three consecutive losses in the UAE leg of the IPL. Record five-time champions Mumbais batsmen disappointed. Suryakumar Yadav could only score 0, 8, 5, and 3 runs in four matches. Openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock could not convert good starts into big innings which put pressure on the middle order.
The good thing for Mumbai was that Saurabh Tiwary (45) and Hardik Pandya (40) were in the form in their six-wicket win against Punjab Kings. Kieron Pollard played the role of the finisher after scoring 15 not out in seven balls. Tiwary can stay in the team on the strength of his brilliant innings and it remains to be seen whether the in-form Ishan Kishan gets another chance.
Jasprit Bumrah has consistently performed well in bowling but the spinners have been a flop. There will be pressure on Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya to perform well.
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Capitals (DC) will face off in the 46th match of IPL 2021 on Saturday. Both the teams will meet at Sharjah Cricket Stadium from 3.30 pm. This is the 12th match of MI and DC in the current season. At the same time, Mumbai will take the field for the fifth time in the second phase and Delhi for the fourth time. Mumbai is going through a tough phase at the moment. MI has 10 points after 5 wins from 11 matches and is at number six in the points table. On the other hand, the Delhi team is in the second position with 16 points with 8 wins in the same number of matches.
Mumbai and Delhi will clash for the second time in IPL-14. When the two met for the first time in India, Delhi won by 6 wickets. Mumbais team will now be looking to settle the account. At the same time, when it comes to the total matches in the tournament of both teams, Mumbai has the upper hand. MI and DC have played 29 matches so far, in which Mumbai has won 16 times while Delhi has won 13 matches. Mumbai has won four out of the last five matches. Have played only one match among themselves at Sharjah ground. Delhi got the victory in this.
Mumbai has defeated Punjab Kings by 6 wickets in their previous match. He got this victory after three consecutive defeats. While the bowlers performed brilliantly, Saurabh Tiwary (45) and Hardik Pandya (40 not out) batted brilliantly. However, Suryakumar Yadavs bat is silent. But still, there is no possibility of change in the playing XI of Mumbai. Delhis team rode on the chariot of victory in the second leg after the first leg, but in the last, they had to face defeat by 3 wickets at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders. Barring Steve Smith (39) and Rishabh Pant (39), other batsmen were disappointed. Despite the low score, the Delhi bowlers bowled brilliantly. Changes in Delhis playing XI are also difficult.
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Rohit Sharma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Rishabh Pant (captain and wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan.
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