Mumbai Indians will play against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 match 46 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, October 2. In their last matches, Mumbai Indians defeated Punjab Kings by 6 wickets while Delhi Capitals lost to Kolkata Knights by 3 wickets.
Mumbai Indians (MI) will face Delhi Capitals (DC) on a mission to take two points out of the game as they currently have a poor net run rate and these two points could boost their play-off chances. DC is second in the points list and aims to be the second team to enter the playoffs after Chennai.
MI comes on the back of a 6-wicket win over Punjab Kings (PBKS). Bowling first against Punjab, MI limited PBKS to 135/6. Jasprit Bumrah was the bowlers’ choice for the team that took two wickets in 24 runs. Kieron Pollard also played a pivotal role in turning down KL Rahul and Chris Gayle in the only over he threw. Hardik Pandya and Pollard chased the goal and eventually created a crucial 45-run collaboration and won the game for the team. The Pandya-Pollard duo who played well in the last game was the biggest plus for MI. Saurabh Tiwary is also in good contact. The only weakness the team has now is in the middle order where Suryakumar Yadav has lost contact.
DC suffered a loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 3 wickets in their last match. First, DC batted 127 on a difficult field where spinners got help from the surface. Delhi failed to defend the low total and they lost the game by 3 wickets. Avesh Khan threw really well and sacked 3 batsmen for just 13 runs from three overs. DC needs a lower order finisher that will help them reach winning totals. Also, the team needs a wicket-taking spinner. Axar Patel bowls frugal spells, but he doesn’t pick wickets regularly.
Mumbai Indians – WLLLW
Just two wins from the last five games is a bad record. Pandya’s and Pollard’s last match performance is positive for the team, but Krunal Pandya’s form may still be a problem. Also, the middle order must be consistent in scoring points.
Capitals of Delhi – LWWWW
Four wins from the last five games is a very impressive record for the team. The credit goes to the top four in the batting formation who are consistently scoring runs. The one weakness no team exploits by rejecting the first wickets early is the lack of a finisher in the absence of Marcus Stoinis. They also need Ravichandran Ashwin to use his experience and regularly pick wickets for the team.
head to head
Both teams played 29 games against each other. MI has won 16 matches while DC has been the winner 13 times. MI has an average score of 162 against DC while DC scores an average total of 147 against MI.
Rohit Sharma has scored 677 runs against DC, while Shreyas Iyer has scored 326 runs against MI. Amit Mishra has 19 wickets against MI while Jasprit Bumrah has picked 18 wickets against DC.
BONS Mumbai Indians Predicted XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
BONS Delhi Capitals forecast XI
Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
With the top four in the batting formation scoring consistently for the team, DC is favorite to win the game against MI.
The playing surface in Sharjah Cricket Stadium is usually a belter. But this time the field in Sharjah is slow. The game will be played in the afternoon. So there is a good chance that the spinners of both teams will get help. The team that wins the toss must bat first, as it can become difficult to hit on this surface in the second half of the match.
Match -Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals, IPL 2021 Match 46
Time – 3:30 PM
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Where to watch – Star Sports Network and Hotstar will broadcast all IPL 2021 matches
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