Mumbai Indians(MI) will take on Delhi Capitals(DC) in the first match of the Super Saturday doubleheader. The match will be hosted at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on Saturday, 31st October 2020. The match will begin at usual day timing i.e., 15:30 IST (10:00 GMT), 14:00 LOCAL. This will be the second encounter of both the teams in this edition of IPL. Chennai winning the last ball thriller yesterday against Kolkata Knight Riders benefitted Mumbai Indians, Mumbai have qualified for Playoffs. Now onwards every match has its own significance and the results will impact the campaigns for Playoffs of the other 6 teams. Previously when DC and MI met, Mumbai registered a comfortable win over Capitals by 5 wickets.
There is nothing to worry about for Mumbai Indians. Chennai’s last night win placed Q before Mumbai Indians’ name. Mumbai Indians as a team have evolved a lot. Every single match produces different match winners. Mumbai as a team does not depend on a single player. As a unit, they are comfortable and unbeatable right now.
Mumbai Indians have got quality bench strength. Despite not playing with their regular skipper and opener other players of the team stepped up to play the role and they have done it beyond expectations. Ishan Kishan performing brilliantly in giving a good start to the side in absence of Rohit Sharma while Kieron Pollard Stand-in skipper made sure that the team doesn’t feel left out in absence of the regular skipper.
The last win over Royal Challenger Bangalore by 5 wickets must have boosted their confidence. There is nothing much to worry about for the team and management. It is pretty much clear they will finish in the top 2 in the Points table, thanks to the Net Run Rate and their performance.
Things are not looking good for the Capitals this time. Start of the Tournament, they were one of the fan favorites and looked pretty much balanced. Things have changed now. Dynamics aren’t similar for the Delhi capitals. The last three games were not good for DC. They have lost all of them, they desperately need to win to make sure they finish somewhere at top 4.
The skipper of Delhi Capitals has lost his touch in recent times, the same goes for Marcus Stoinis. Marcus Stoinis who played the role of match-winner in the first few games by performing brilliantly both with bat and ball isn’t doing well in the recent past. Shikhar Dhawan scored 2 brilliant back to back centuries but was dismissed for a duck in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kagiso Rabada who had a streak of picking at least one wicket in the last 20-25 games has broken his streak. He went wicketless in the last game and was smashed all over the park.
Delhi Capitals needs to make sure that they do not depend on any one player. As a team, they need to bounce back and will be eager to come hard against Mumbai. They will be eyeing to take revenge for their last defeat against Mumbai Indians earlier in the season.
Head to Head (MI vs DC):
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals faced each other 25 times, Mumbai leads the faceoff by 13 victories in 25 matches, while Delhi has registered 12 wins.
Probable 11(MI vs DC):
Mumbai Indians(MI): Rohit Sharma / Saurabh Tiwary, Quinten de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar.
Full Squad(MI): Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Chris Lynn, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai.
Delhi Capitals(DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tushar Deshpande, Anrich Nortje.
Full squad (DC): Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Mohit Sharma, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Rishabh Pant, Alex Carey, Shimron Hetmyer and Tushar Deshpande.