About the Match
This is the penultimate match at Sharjah for this season of IPL 2014 and the crowd is expected to bigger and eager to witness a keen contest between Delhi and Mumbai. While the Daredevils have 2 points from 4 matches and Mumbai Indians still at naught after 3 matches, the teams are more or less equal in many respects as far as performance is concerned. Being at the bottom of the table, both teams will try tom outwit the other to progress a bit in their positions among the rankings.
They could not achieve a stiff target after the openers piled up a decent opening partnership of 99 runs having come so close and this must be looming over the minds of the players when they are facing Mumbai Indians. Pietersen joining the team has improved their chances of putting up better performances, and they have Murali Vijay, Duminy, Karthik and Quinton deKock to contribute well in the batting. They however, need to pull up their socks in fielding; hold on to catches and reduce the runs by cutting the 1s and 2s. Kumar, Steyn and Sharma are doing well with the ball and the field must support them adequately to bring results; they could not make inroads to the defence of Dhawan, Finch and Warner and failed to stop the onslaught of Sunrisers batting. Mumbai Indians may not be that tough but any kind of complacency and expecting the opponents to be easy target will be disastrous here. They should be able to set a huge target and utilize the resources to defend it or plan well while chasing.
They have all the good resources but the expectations are not being met by key players, who are struggling with form and are not able to deliver. Tare is doing well opening the innings and Rohit personally has done a good job but hasn’t been able to motivate others and see any success so far. Their loss to a superior CSK was expected but they should’ve fought hard and come up with better performances in all departments of the game. They should plan to build a comfortable position by 10th over without losing too many wickets; perhaps changing the batting order by replacing Hussey with Rayudu may be a better choice for Rohit than persisting with the opening pair. They must fire to raise the run rate later on and try to maintain an asking rate of 8. Defending such targets must be planned by assessing the weak points and strengths of the opposing batsmen; Harbhajan, Malinga, Zaheer and Ojha are doing well in bowling but they need to improve their fielding if they want to see some improvement with the points from here on.
While Delhi exhibits a better body language as a team, Mumbai has similar talents as the opponents and will use this opportunity to make a comeback. Though the match is between two evenly balanced teams who will try their best to beat the other, we are more likely to see success for the Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians, 1.72 @ Bet365