About the Match
Having been on a record losing streak and with chances of qualification diminishing with every game, Delhi Daredevils take on Mumbai Indians at their home ground Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on 21st April. It is first game of the two to be played on the day, the second one is between Pune and Punjab to be played later in the evening. While Delhi has been at the bottom right from the start of the season, Mumbai has been wandering all over the table. Both Mumbai and Delhi tasted similar of defeats in their last game and it would be very interesting to see if and how they comeback from that.
With a loss in its previous game, Delhi created a record for longest losing streak in the history of IPL, and they’d now like to create a record of longest winning streak. That, however, is more difficult than it seems. None of their prime players are in form and the absence of Kevin Pietersen is clearly being felt. With everyone apart from Warner being out of touch, we might see plenty of changes to the combination in the upcoming match. Despite poor form, Delhi can bounce back as it still features plenty of match winners in Sehwag, Pathan and Warner. If any of their openers get going, life won’t be easy for the other side.
Just like the IPL history, there have been many ups and downs in Mumbai Indians’ journey so far in this IPL. With so many big names in the squad, starting from Tendulkar and Ponting to Malinga and Harbhajan, they haven’t been able to dominate. With over 60000 runs behind them, the Pondulkar pair hasn’t flourished and much has been done by Karthick and Sharma in the middle order. Their death bowling hasn’t been good and we might see Glenn Maxwell, the million dollar man in the middle. With the batting lineup they have, any target can be made to appear tiny. Mumbai is a fine side on paper; they just need to replicate it on field.
The last game was nothing less than a nightmare for both sides and bouncing back from it would really take something. With such experienced batting, it was really hard to understand the way they collapsed. Delhi has been going only one way since the beginning, that is, down and it would be very difficult for them to get up and running. Both the teams are equally balanced and it’s the form that’s making the difference. I’d go with Delhi Daredevils for this game due to fact that they’d be enjoying home conditions and they offer better returns.
Delhi Daredevils, 2.37 @ William Hill