Delhi Daredevils look to strangle Mumbai Indians out of playoffs contention
Having put on one of their better performances of the season, the Delhi Daredevils (DD) will be looking to ruin the party for the Mumbai Indians (MI), who, by the start of this match would know exactly what to do if they are to make it to the playoffs.
May 20, 2018
16:00 hours IST
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Delhi Daredevils – WLLLW
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With a net run rate of 0.384, Mumbai have the edge over Kolkata, Bangalore and Rajasthan although anything can happen in the matches prior to this. That being said, a run of consistent performances from them have instilled confidence in the players, who would be determined to make this late resurgence count.
Some would argue that their fairytale runs are scripted pretty nicely, as they have been known to make a comeback in the month of May after a disastrous start in April. The return to form of Kieron Pollard and the faultless execution of death bowling from Jasprit Bumrah could not have come at a better time for MI. Concerns however, remain over the waning form of Mayank Markande, who, at the start of the tournament, was being considered as a promising aspect.
For Delhi, there was no Rishabh Pant show for a change and what would please them is the fact that their bowlers restricted the might Chennai batting line up to a score of 128. Shreyas Iyer did take a big call by playing only three foreign players and that just goes on to show how little an impact some of their star overseas players have had.
While Glenn Maxwell would also belong to that category, he has probably been backed to come good by coach Ricky Ponting. With youngsters like Pant and Abhishek Sharma doing well, DD certainly would be hoping for a better season in 2019. Sandeep Lamichhane has also been brilliant in the two games that he has played and would have no doubt made his countrymen proud.
The onus will once again be on the Delhi bowlers to contain a power packed batting line-up of Mumbai. Just winning the game may prove to be enough for Mumbai, should other teams in contention fail to catch up on the net run rate. A day game could make the wicket drier and tougher for run scoring, which could give the experienced batting line-up of Mumbai an edge for Delhi.
While Maxwell hasn’t been in the best of batting form, his off-spin could give him the edge for Dan Christian for this game.
Delhi Daredevils – Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan
Expect MI to field an unchanged XI.
Mumbai Indians - Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande
- Delhi have used eight opening pairs this season – the most by any team. Mumbai have used the least with just three
- Even though Kieron Pollard managed to get a fifty in the last game, this is his second poorest season with the bat. His poorest was back in 2011 when he averaged 14.6 with the bat
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