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The Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals have found momentum in IPL 2019 and are currently in the top half of the league table. In fact, both the teams are separated by just net run-rate from each other. They have won five out of the eight matches they have played and are coming into this match with a lot of confidence.
This match will be the second time that the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals play against each other in IPL 2019. The first match was won by the Delhi Capitals thanks to a brilliant inning from Rishab Pant. Both teams have changed their playing eleven a little since then and it will be interesting to see the effect India’s World Cup 2019 squad announcement has on the players.
The venue for this match is the Ferozshah Kotla, New Delhi. Ricky Ponting described the surface here as the worst he has seen in IPL 2019 for the previous match. Whether things change remains to be seen.
Delhi is perhaps the only team in IPL 2019 that would be dreading the prospect of playing its home matches. The squad that Delhi has is built around power hitters and some quality fast bowlers. This not a bunch of players that likes to play attritional cricket on slow turners but that is exactly what they are served up time after time.
Delhi Capitals have played three matches at home this season. They ended up losing to Chennai Super Kings, tied the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (eventually winning in the Super Over), and lost to the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In all three matches, the Delhi batting suffered a collapse.
Delhi added Colin Munro to the side in the previous match and he made an immediate impact. Munro smashed three sixes and looked very good during the time he spent at the crease. Keemo Paul is also another player that performed very well with the ball during the previous match.
The West-Indian all-rounder is the sixth bowling option for the side and is not particularly good at batting either. He is, however, likely to find a place in the team because of his performance in the previous match.
Delhi’s bowling lineup is quite good. Kagiso Rabada is the highest wicket-taker of the tournament, Ishant Sharma has been good with the new ball, and Chris Morris is effective at the end of the inning. Axar Patel and Amit Mishra have been given the spin-bowling responsibilities and both the players have been decent without being spectacular.
Mumbai has Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya in their side, two players that have done w=very well against Amit Mishra in the past, and so we think that Amit Mishra might not play this match.
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, RR Pant, Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, I Sharma.
The Mumbai Indians have really started to come together nicely as a side in the last few matches. Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma are playing aggressively to set the tone of the inning while the middle order is full of power. Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya have been very good in IPL 2019 and are able to hit sixes with ease from the moment they arrive at the crease.
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav also played a few useful innings in the previous match to give the batting a very solid look. If anything, we would be concerned at the fact that Kieron Pollard is once again being shifted down the order minimizing the number of deliveries he faces in the middle.
One of the biggest advantages that the Mumbai Indians have over the Delhi Capitals is their ability to play spin bowling. Almost all of their Indian batsmen are good against spin and that could be decisive in Delhi.
Mumbai Indians also have an advantage when it comes to pressure situations. They have Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga, two bowlers who specialize at bowling yorkers during the end overs. The middle order of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Krunal Pandya is also very good in tough situations.
The bowling attack had Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, and the two Pandya brothers alongside Bumrah and Malinga in the previous match. That is an excellent bowling lineup with options for any kind of playing surface they may encounter.
We don’t think there will be any change in the Mumbai Indians playing eleven for this match either.
The only possible weakness that is seen in the Mumbai Indians side is a tendency to over attack while batting first. All of their batsmen perform better with a target in front of them. Batting first can be difficult since they aim for a total that may be a bit too high at times and end up falling very short.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, SA Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, J Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Lasith Malinga, JJ Bumrah.
The team winning the toss may want to bat second so that they have a clear idea of the score they are chasing. The pitch may start to take more turn during the second inning, though, and this is why neither team is going to have a big advantage after winning the toss.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
DC vs MI IPL 2019 is going to be played at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi. The weather forecast for the match is quite good. Clear skies are expected and there is next to no threat of rain. The real question is going to be about the playing surface.
We have seen the Feroz Shah Kotla over the years and it has started being a spinner’s paradise. There is not much that the groundsman can do in such a short span of time to be able to change the nature of the pitch.
The spinners are going to play a major role and run-scoring will not be as fluent as it has been at other venues.
The Dream11 picks for Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians are a bit tricky. There are a number of match winners on both sides and the conditions that we are likely to see are unclear as well. We have tried to select the maximum number of top-order batsmen and in-form bowlers in our side.
Wicketkeeper: Both Quinton de Kock and Rishab Pant are tempting options for this match. They both score quickly and could make the most of the small dimensions of the Ferozshah Kotla. We have picked Quinton de Kock because of his recent form and past experience of playing for the Delhi franchise.
Batsmen: We have selected Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Kieron Pollard, and Colin Munro for this match. These are a little risky selections because so much depends on the surface. These are all batsmen that like the ball coming on to the bat but a slow turner may not be to their liking. We are hoping that the criticism for the last match would have made the groundsman prepare a better batting surface for this match.
All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya has been one of the best performers in IPL 2019. He has been brilliant with the bat and is always given a few overs with the ball as well. Chris Morris has not had the kind of success we have come to expect of him. He is, however, a designated end overs bowler and so always has the chance of picking up some wickets.
Bowlers: Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, and Jasprit Bumrah make it into our side. This part of the team selection was relatively easier. Rabada is the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019 while Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah have been un excellent form leading up to this match.
Captain and Vice-Captain: We have decided to pick Rohit Sharma and Colin Munro as the captain and vice-captain for this match.
Both teams are in good form and have match winners in their lineups. In slower conditions, though, the Delhi Capitals side looks quite beatable. The home team has not quite figured out how to make the best of its own conditions and that is why we think that the Mumbai Indians could win.
They are able to play spin better and have more experience in their playing eleven.
Back the Mumbai Indians to win.
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