Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals: In IPL 2021, two matches are to be played today on Super Saturday. Today’s first match will be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals at number two in the points table. This clash between the two teams will take place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium from 3.30 pm. Mumbai has so far played four matches in the second phase of the IPL in the UAE. Out of which he has lost three. However, with a win against Punjab Kings in the last match, captain Rohit Sharma’s team remains in the race for the playoffs with 10 points. The team would like to improve their position in the points table by winning this match.
At the same time, the team of Delhi Capitals led by captain Rishabh Pant has almost qualified for the playoffs with 16 points. However, the team had to face defeat against KKR in the last match and will try to get back on the winning track against Mumbai.
Mumbai will have big hopes from Rohit and Delhi will have big hopes from Dhawan
In this match to be played in Sharjah tomorrow, Mumbai team will be expecting a great start from their captain Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. Apart from this, Suryakumar Yadav also could not open the account in the last match. The team will be expecting a big innings from him too. Mumbai’s middle order looks strong with Saurabh Tiwari and now Hardik Pandya. Both played an important role in the team’s victory by batting brilliantly in the last match. Apart from this, Kieron Pollard is also seen in good form and he can prove to be the match winner for the team today. Apart from this, the team also has two good all-rounders in the form of Krunal Pandya and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
At the same time, the responsibility of Delhi’s team has been completely on the shoulders of their star opener Shikhar Dhawan. With 454 runs, Dhawan is currently at number two in the Purple Cap race. The team will expect a flamboyant innings from him today. Apart from this, the team can once again go with Steve Smith in the opening. However, if he wants to remain in the playing XI, then his strike rate will have to be improved further. Delhi’s middle order looks very strong with Shreyas Iyer and captain Rishabh Pant. Also, Shimron Hetmyer can bat vigorously when needed for the team.
The onus will be on the spinners of both the teams.
Sharjah’s pitch has often proved to be helpful for spin bowlers. In such a situation, the big burden of victory in today’s match will be on the spin bowlers of both the teams. With the trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav, Delhi’s team looks better than Mumbai in this department. Apart from this, the team also has world class fast bowlers like Kagiso Rabada and Enrique Nortje. Whereas Avesh Khan can also prove to be important for the team with his bowling.
On the other hand, Mumbai has good spin bowlers like Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya. Jasprit Bumrah has performed brilliantly for the team so far in fast bowling. Apart from this, Nathan Coulter-Nile also bowled very economical in the last match. For the team, the form of their fast bowler Trent Boult remains a matter of concern. Who has not been able to leave a significant impact on the batsmen in this second phase so far.
Mumbai Indians Probable Playing XI – Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav/Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult.
Probable Playing XI for Delhi Capitals – Steve Smith, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Captain and Wicketkeeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrique Nortje and Avesh Khan.
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