About the Match
Delhi Daredevils lock horns against the struggling yet hopeful Mumbai Indians, as we move closer to the qualifiers. Both teams have had their ups and downs this season. Nonetheless, both sides are capable and in, almost, reaching distance of playoffs.
Making a comeback in the upper half of the table after beating the Sunrisers convincingly, the Daredevils will try to build on the winning spirit when they go head to head against Mumbai Indians.
Unexpectedly, Delhi Daredevils spurted out top-notch performances in the first half of IPL 9, but the storm of inconsistency struck them hard as they lost two consecutive matches. The thumping victory against the Sunrisers has probably given them the necessary boost to challenge for the playoffs.
Probably, Zaheer’s absence had a psychological effect in the group, which seemed to have hurdled them in their two consecutive losses. However, Delhi has recovered well and appears to have found its rhythm, especially after its latest performance.
Delhi Daredevils, in particular, can do some magic on the Visakhapatnam pitch since the track boasts excellent support for spin and swing. Adam Zampa took six wickets on the same surface a few days ago, and the flight and spin of the ball were overwhelming.
Delhi certainly has a pack of tricky bowlers who can prove to be handy against a fragile Mumbai batting lineup.
A win at Visakhapatnam will elevate the Daredevils into the playoffs. With 12 points in the bag from a mere ten games so far, Delhi stands third on the points table.
For Mumbai Indians, the fixture lays out a do-or-die situation since a loss would leave Rohit and company on the verge of a knockout from the playoff race.
They have accumulated 12 vital points from 12 games, as they appear fifth on the league table. After this game, the Mumbai Indians will only have a single game in hand.
The sad news is that Mumbai is coming off a thumping loss against another meager side, Kings XI Punjab. Despite possessing player of the like of Rohit Sharma, Pollard, and Jos Butler, Mumbai Indians have struggled on swinging tracks, which proves the fragility of the Mumbai Indians’ batting flair.
Delhi, again, is an opponent with immensely talented bowling attack. Amit Mishra, Even skipper Zaheer Khan, Coulter-Nile, fighter Chris Morris has produced superb spells in IPL 9.
Mumbai will have a tough time to face them off since Rohit and co. have been bowled out, before reaching 140, in more than three matches this season.
Considering the pitch condition and in the light of recent form and performances, Delhi Daredevils comes out as a clear winner in this game. It will be hard to write them off now from qualifying for playoffs.
Mumbai, though, has played great cricket this season but does not have what it takes to handle the unity and discipline of the Daredevils