About the Match
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils occupy the first and fourth positions respectively in the IPL points table. These two teams will now take on each other in the 25th match of the league at Mumbai on 22nd April. On one hand, a win here will keep Mumbai right at the top of the table; but on the other, Delhi would be eager to get a win under their belt after a number of closely fought defeats.
toss has been the differentiating factor so far in the tournament. More often than not, teams winning the toss has ended up on the winning side largely due to easy-chasing grounds and dew. Mumbai is a tough ground to defend and both Delhi and Mumbai will be looking to win the toss and put the opposition in.
Mumbai Indians are on a winning roll. They lost their first match of the season against Pune in what was a closely fought game. They posted a good total batting first, but their bowling attack could not stop Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith from chasing down the target.
But after that game, Mumbai was able to find the right combination, and have now won five matches in a row, winning both home and away. They have now defeated Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Gujarat and Punjab in a row and are looking like a well settled and increasingly difficult to overcome unit with each passing game.
Mumbai’s batting has looked good in all the games thus far, with Nitish Rana, Pollard, Jos Butler, Rohit Sharma and Pandya brothers playing important roles at different times in different games. In their last game against Punjab, they made an absolute mockery of a stiff target of 199 runs as they chased down this total in just 15.3 overs.
A batting unit this good, along with a dependable bowling line up, makes Mumbai one of the teams to beat at this stage of the tournament; and with the kind of momentum they are bringing into this game, they would be really hard to overcome for the Delhi team.
Likely Starting XI:
Jos Buttler - Parthiv Patel - Rohit Sharma (c) - Nitish Rana - Krunal Pandya - Kieron Pollard - Hardik Pandya - Harbhajan Singh - Mitchell McCleneghan - Lasith Malinga - Jasprit Bumrah.
Delhi Daredevils have two wins out of the five games they have played so far. Both their wins have been convincing affairs, and all of their losses have been in tight games, where the results could have easily been different had some small moments fallen in place for them.
Delhi started off their campaign with a closely fought defeat against Bangalore where Rishabh Pant played superb innings but did not get enough support from others to chase down Bangalore’s total. In their next two games, against Pune and Punjab, Delhi got convincing wins with a great century from Sanju Samson against Pune and a fantastic all-round display from Corey Anderson against Punjab.
In the next game against Kolkata, the match went right to the wire, but in the final over, Amit Mishra could not stop Manish Pandey from chasing down Delhi’s total. This was followed by another close defeat against Hyderabad, where despite staying in the game throughout, Delhi fell right at the end and failed to chase down Hyderabad’s total of 191.
The Delhi bowling attack has remained very dependable and potent in all these games, with Zaheer Khan, Cummins, Shahbaz Nadeem, Amit Mishra, Chris Morris and Corey Anderson all doing their jobs perfectly.
Corey Anderson has missed their last two games through injury and they have surprisingly chosen not to play Nadeem. Both these players should ideally return for this game. Delhi is playing well, their bowling has been their strength, and they have the resources in all departments to surprise Mumbai. They just need to find a way to get over the line this time.
Likely Starting XI:
Sanju Samson - Sam Billings - Karun Nair - Shreyas Iyer - Rishab Pant - Corey Anderson - Chris Morris - Pat Cummins - Amit Mishra - Shahbaz Nadeem - Zaheer Khan
Mumbai and Delhi are facing each other for the first time this season, and the match being held at Mumbai offers the all important home advantage to Mumbai Indians. Delhi is a good team, but Mumbai is the form team and has won their last five matches irrespective of playing at home or away. This contest promises to be another nail-biter as Delhi have the bowling to stop Mumbai, and this might well be the game for Delhi where they finally are able to finish right.