Although they did not perform quite well in the last season, Mumbai Indians have always been the most talked about team since the inception of IPL and they remain the favourites of many people. Also, they have been the champions thrice proving their mettle in most of the seasons.
This year, the MI host Delhi Capitals (DC) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai which is the third match of the IPL tournament. Interestingly, the fact that MI lost to DC (then Daredevils) at the same venue makes the match even more exciting.
On the other hand, DC have not performed that well in the past seasons. So they would be looking forward to break the trend and really outperform all the other teams; they have already changed the name of their franchise and a lot of shuffling has gone while selection process was underway.
- Match: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals
- Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
- Time: 20:00 Local Time (14:30 GMT)
Weather Report: According to the forecast, the temperature is going to be around 30-32 degree Celsius and it is going to be very humid.
- Hot and very humid
- No rains predicted
Pitch Report: The pitch, as always, is for the batsmen so chasing is not going to be a problem. Looking at this and the weather conditions fielding first seems to be a good option. The average score made at the stadium lies somewhere around 165.
MI: Rohit Sharma, Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff, Ben Cutting, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Pankaj Jaswal, Siddhesh Lad, Ewin Lewis, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Mayank Markande, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rasikh Salam, Anukul Roy, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Jayant Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh.
DC: Shreyas Iyer, Avesh Khan, Bandaru Ayyappa, Ankush Bains, Trent Boult, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra, Amit Mishra, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Ishant Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Nathu Singh, Rahul Tewatia, Hanuma Vihari.
Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma from the MI form the much-desired left-right opening while Prithvi Shaw from DC has proven to be massive against pace bowlers.
The Probable XIs
MI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan.
DC: Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Colin Munro, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.
Mumbai Indians are quite known for their slow, almost sluggish start but have many a times turned the match in their favour; though they couldn’t do the magic last season. Delhi was worse at only five wins in the last IPL. To add to their woes, Chris Morris has not joined the team yet.
Apart from this, this year MI has seen a lot of injured and missing players with Adam Milne sitting out for the entire tournament due to heel injury and Lasith Malinga might miss the first six matches owing to play domestic cricket in order to get a spot in the World Cup which is just round the corner. Hardik Pandya too is coming back after a lower back injury but is said to be completely fit.
In the end it is anybody’s game where both the teams are going to try and put their best foot forward. Think of all the above-mentioned points and combine them with your knowledge of cricket and put forth a fantasy team which will earn you good score and eventually good money.