The Mumbai Indians (MI) will be looking for their first win of the tournament as they clash with the winless Delhi Daredevils in what could be a momentum changing encounter for both the teams. Having come agonizingly close to winning both their matches, Mumbai would like to believe that the home advantage will give them the edge.
Delhi were at the receiving end of a rain marred fixture against the Rajasthan Royals and there was little doubt about the fact that a full game would have probably seen them with points on the board. The bowling came good once again for DD as Trent Boult led the way, while Shahbaz Nadeem did a terrific job, replacing the off-color Amit Mishra. Mohammed Shami too had a decent outing and for once did not go for plenty of runs!
Colin Munro might need some luck going his way in this fixture as he desperately needs to establish himself at the top of the order. One won’t be surprised if Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma hands over the ball to Mayank Markrande to cause some early problems for the Delhi batsmen. Glenn Maxwell’s return was characterized by plenty of wild swings with very little returns and he will be hoping to connect bat with ball for starters!
Mumbai will be hoping to have Hardik Pandya fit for this encounter as his ankle injury forced them to alter combinations. Ben Cutting, who came in as a like-for-like replacement, failed to impress with both bat and ball while Pradeep Sangwan too failed to make an impression.
Mumbai need to be mindful of not making the same mistake of playing too many shots, as they did in their last game and they will need a contribution from Rohit to set the ball rolling for them. With scores of 11 and 15, he too would be looking forward to making his presence felt in the middle.
Mumbai will have happy memories of the past as they have won four out of their past five matches against Delhi. This includes 146 run thrashing in their previous clash, where they skittled out Delhi for 46 after making 212 from their 20 overs. They might just need a little bit of luck to be on their side and they should make it four wins in a row against Delhi!
Hardik Pandya’s fitness would determine Mumbai’s combination.
Mumbai Indians - Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya/Ben Cutting, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan/ Pradeep Sangwan, Mayank Markrande
Delhi should go in with an unchanged XI.
Delhi Daredevils – Colin Munro, Gautam Gambhir(c), Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (wk), Chris Morris, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami
April 15, 2018
16:00 hours IST
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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