Delhi Capitals are high on confidence after winning 3 away games on the trot, and their next assignment awaits in the form of three-time champions Mumbai Indians who are coming into this encounter after taming Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets.
This would be the 34th match of IPL 2019 and the second one between these two sides in this edition. Both Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are in sublime touch and carry 10 points against their names after playing 8 matches and winning 5 of them. Capitals pip Mumbai Indians on the basis of net run-rate as they hold the second position on the points table, whereas Mumbai Indians hold the third spot.
Let us delve into what happened the last time when these two sides collided.
Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians, Match no 3, Wankhede
It was only the second day of IPL 2019 and the 3rd match when Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians collided for the first time this year. Rohit Sharma won the toss on Wankhede’s batting-friendly surface and asked Delhi Capitals to have a go with the bat. Riding on Rishabh Pant’s breathtaking 78* off just 27 deliveries, Delhi Capitals put a hefty score of 213 runs on the board for the loss of 6 wickets. His innings included 7 fours and 7 sixes which just blew away Mumbai Indians in the first half of the match.
Taking the momentum in the second half, Delhi bowlers bowled very well in tandem and never let any Mumbai batsmen settle for good. Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 23 from his quota of 4 overs, while his partner in crime was the tall, lanky Ishant Sharma who celebrated his return to the IPL after two long years with match figures of 2 for 34 from his 4 overs.
Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals, Indian Premier League 2019, Match 34
18th April 2019, 8:00 PM IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Total Matches Played: 23
DC (213-6, 20 overs) beat MI (176-10, 19.2 overs) by 37 runs, Mumbai
Spinners generally get some purchase from Kotla’s surface as the pitch tends to get slower as the match progresses. The second half is more aidable for the spinners whereas, the batsmen find it easy to score runs in the first innings.
Rohit Sharma (c), Barinder Sran, Siddhesh Lad, Jasprit Bumrah, Pankaj Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Quinton de Kock, Mayank Markande, Anukul Roy, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Rasikh Salam, Kieron Pollard, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting, Jayant Yadav, Jason Behrendorff.
Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Trent Boult, Colin Ingram, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Tewatia, Manjot Kalra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Nathu Singh, Ishant Sharma, Bandaru Ayyappa, Axar Patel, Rishabh Pant, Ankush Bains, Avesh Khan, Jagdeesh Suchith, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada.
Mumbai Indians – Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Jason Behrendorff, Hardik Pandya, Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Delhi Capitals – Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Keemo Paul, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Rabada, Ishant Sharma.
Wicket-keeper Consistency has been the key with Quinton de Kock this season, whereas Rishabh Pant has been good in bits and pieces. Therefore, we are going with MI’s Quinny in this facet. Although Rishabh Pant tonked all MI bowlers last time when the two sides locked horns but going by the current performance, Quinton holds the upper hand.
Our choice: Quinton de Kock
Batsmen Going by the stats, Shikhar Dhawan has always put his foot right as he has a healthy average of 41.93 against MI. He hit a 50 the last time these two teams collided and will once again be an important pick here. Last three outings have not been great for MI skipper Rohit Sharma versus DC, he has not got enough runs this season but still has an integral role to play in Mumbai’s success.
Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw are other considerable choices in the batting facet.
Our choice: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer
All-rounders Hardik Pandya has developed the abilities to finish-off games for MI this season. Indifferently, he has not been good with the ball this season, but his down the order blitz with the bat in hand have been really impressive. It’s a completely vice-versa scene for Chris Morris who has been awful with the bat but aided Kagiso Rabada with the ball in hand with 11 wickets of his own from 6 matches. On a slow pitch, Axar Patel is a great option as well.
Our choice: Chris Morris, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel
Bowlers The purple cap holder Kagiso Rabada is the obvious choice here. Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga are other safest bets here, whereas, Keemo Paul who returned with a 3-fer in the last game will be effective on a slow track. Among the spinners, Rahul Chahar and Amit Mishra are considerable picks.
Our choice: Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada