Both Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have won two of their three games in IPL 2021. However, the pattern of their victories has been completely different. While Delhi have easily chased big totals, Mumbai Indians have relied on their bowlers to do the job. They have defended scores of 152 and 150 against KKR and SRH respectively. This will be Delhi Capitals first game in Chennai thus getting used to the conditions immediately will be a massive task.
Even though their batting has done well, we think they need an extra batsman in their team. With Lalit Yadav at 6 and Chris Woakes at 7, they are effectively playing with just 5 proper batsmen. If the top order doesn’t get runs, they can be in trouble. As of now, Dhawan is looking in fine form but other batsmen have just not settled in yet. The bowling has done well but hasn’t been consistent enough.
For Mumbai, the batting has been a big let down in all the games. It was only the efforts of their bowlers that they’ve won two of their three games. Bowling is Mumbai’s biggest strength. In Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, they have two of the greatest bowlers in this format of the game. Also, Rahul Chahar has looked threatening on this sluggish surface. On paper, Mumbai have no weakness and having played three games on this venue, the batsmen should have got used to the conditions as well.
Pitch Report – The match will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The surfaces haven’t been the best for batting and spinners have enjoyed bowling here.
Having won the last game, Delhi should play the same XI against Mumbai. If there has to be any change, maybe Anrich Nortje can replace Chris Woakes. However, that’s unlikely as Woakes can be handy with the bat as well
Shikhar Dhawan looks to be in prime form. He has already played a couple of match winning knocks for Delhi Capitals and can be expected to carry his good run against MI.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Amit Mishra
We don’t see Mumbai Indians making any change to their playing XI either. They are a well-settled unit and should field the same XI unless there is an injury concern.
The surface in Chennai is expected to support the spinners thus Chahar can be a real dangerman for Delhi.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Adam Milne, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
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