DC vs MI can be a gamechanger for Team Delhi. Delhi were the team to beat a couple of weeks back but now find themselves searching for that one win which guarantees them a spot in the playoffs. They have lost the momentum they had earlier in the season and they need to find the winning combination quickly.The defeat of Kolkata against Chennai meant that Mumbai became the first team in this season to seal a place in the playoffs. Mumbai will have a great chance to get a psychological advantage against a potential playoff opponent. The only blip in their almost flawless journey has been their own record at the venue. In this season, Mumbai have found it hard to get over the line in Dubai, where they’ve lost both their games, albeit both being in the Super Over.
The head-to-head stats are pretty evenly balanced. Post the win for Mumbai in the previous encounter between these two teams, they hold the edge with 13 wins as compared to 12 wins by Delhi. Can Delhi level it up in DC vs MI?
Rishabh Pant vs Suryakumar Yadav
In the nine matches so far in this season, Rishabh Pant has scored 253 runs at a strike rate of 115.00 which includes 5 scores thirty plus. Pant’s strike rate of 115.00 is his worst in any of his previous seasons and his dot ball percentage and dot deliveries have been extremely high as well. He hasn’t exploded so far and the axe from the national white-ball cricket team leaves a point to be proven.
Pant needs 11 more runs to complete 2000 runs for Delhi and he should be able to achieve this feat in this match.
Mumbai batsmen have aggregated 6844 runs so far, out of which 1298 runs have come from Suryakumar’s bat which is approximately 19% of total runs scored by all. With 1298 runs Surya is the 5th highest run-getter in the league since 2018, he is the only uncapped player in this list. He deserved a national call-up but yet again he has failed to make the cut. Nevertheless, he’ll continue to score big runs for Mumbai and hopefully, a call-up comes his way soon.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Shikhar Dhawan is the only form batsman in that Delhi batting line-up. He loves batting against Mumbai and needs 86 more runs to surpass Suresh Raina (818) and become the leading run-getter against Mumbai.
In the 12 matches so far Krunal has picked 5 wickets at an average of 55.60 and has an economy rate of 7.51. His economy rate of 6.22 is the best among the past three seasons. Against Delhi, Krunal has picked 2/26 in the reverse fixtures earlier in the season, amongst the active teams Krunal bowls has an average of 16.75 and SR of 15.1 which is his best.
DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
MI: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwari, Kieron Pollard (C), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
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