Defending champion Mumbai Indians team will face Delhi Capitals in the 46th match of IPL 2021. Mumbai’s performance under Rohit Sharma has been disappointing in the UAE leg with the team winning just one out of the four matches. At the same time, Delhi Capitals, captained by Rishabh Pant, are present in excellent rhythm and have confirmed their place in the playoffs. Mumbai will need a win at any cost in this match to cement their place in the last four. At the same time, after the defeat in the last match at the hands of KKR, the Delhi team will take the field with the intention of returning to the winning track.
Batsmen increased Mumbai’s tension
The performance of the Mumbai Indians batsmen on UAE soil has not been anything special. The continuous flop shows of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have increased the concern of the team. Especially the return of Suryakumar to form is very important for Mumbai. Against Delhi, Rohit would definitely like to give one more chance to his trusted batsman. Rohit himself will also take the field with the intention of playing a big innings against Delhi. Quinton de Kock has been the only batsman for the team, whose bat has scored runs in the UAE. Saurabh Tiwary, playing a match-winning knock of 45 runs in the last match, has confirmed his place in the team at least for this match. Hardik Pandya’s return to form is good news for Mumbai. Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have done a good job in the bowling, but Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya have failed to live up to the expectations.
Suspense remains on Prithvi Shaw’s fitness
Prithvi Shaw, who missed the last match due to injury, is also less likely to play against Mumbai and the team management will not want to take any risk regarding this. In such a situation, along with Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith can be seen handling the responsibility of opening. Iyer has performed very well at number three, while at the four and five positions, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer are seen for sure. Lalit Yadav was not able to show anything special with the bat, but with the ball he took the big wicket of Venkatesh Iyer, so the team would definitely like to give him another chance. Talking about the bowling attack, Avesh Khan took three wickets in the last match, while the pair of Kagiso Rabada and Enrij Nortje have consistently bowled deadly.
Mumbai Indians Probable Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Delhi Capitals Probable Playing XI: Steve Smith, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Enrij Nortje.