The defending champions have secured a place in the Mumbai Indians playoffs but will not want to make any laxity in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Capitals on Saturday. The Mumbai team would like to consolidate their position at the top by winning against Delhi.
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Despite three consecutive defeats against Kings XI Punjab, KKR and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi are third with 14 points from 12 matches. These three defeats would have opened Delhi’s eyes that laxity at any stage in the tournament could be costly. He needs a win to secure a place in the playoffs.
The last two matches for Delhi are not going to be easy as they will face Mumbai and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the top two teams of the tournament. If Delhi loses their last two matches, then they can be out. The Mumbai team appears to be stronger on paper. Having confirmed his place in the playoffs, now his team will play without any pressure.
Regular captain Rohit Sharma missed the last three matches due to a hamstring injury and is likely to remain out of the match. However, Mumbai Indians’ team management has not given any information about this. Mumbai beat RCB by five wickets in the last match and that could create problems for Delhi.
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Mumbai batsmen and bowlers are making their full contribution and are unlikely to make changes in their playing XI. In contrast, the performance of Delhi batsmen in the last few matches was not favorable to the team.
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In the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, his batsmen appeared under pressure and were dismissed for 131 in front of the target of 220 runs. Pacer Kagiso Rabada and Enrique Nortje are bowling well but they are not getting the expected support from the rest of the bowlers.
Expected Playing – XI
Delhi Capitals – Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tusshar Deshpande and Enrique Norte
Mumbai Indians- Quinton de Kock, Ishaan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwari, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kairan Pollard (captain), Rahul Chahar, Jaspreet Bumrah, James Pattinson and Trent Boult.