New Delhi. In IPL 2021 (IPLL 2021), 2 matches will be played today i.e. on Saturday. In the first match of the day, last year’s champions Mumbai Indians will face runner up Delhi Capitals (MI vs DC). Mumbai are sixth in the points table with 5 wins out of 11 matches and will have to beat Delhi at any cost to make it to the playoffs. On the other hand, Delhi has reached the playoffs by winning 8 out of 11 matches. The team is currently in second place in the points table. Delhi Capitals have 16 points in 11 matches. In such a situation, the challenge for Mumbai will not be easy.
The performance of the middle order batsmen of Mumbai Indians in the second half of IPL 2021 has not been good. Especially Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are struggling to score runs. For this reason, Ishaan was not included in the playing-11 in the last match against Punjab Kings (PBKS). Can Suryakumar Yadav also be made to sit on the bench in the match against Delhi Capitals? With which playing 11 can Mumbai go against Delhi? Let’s understand.
Rohit scored the most runs for Mumbai
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock will open the innings for Mumbai. The pair are not in their best form this season. Only once in IPL 2021, the opening pair of Rohit-De Kock have shared a partnership of more than 50 runs for the first wicket. But at this juncture of the tournament, the team management hardly tampered with the opening pair. Because Rohit (334) and De Kock (278) have scored the most runs for Mumbai Indians in this season.
Will Suryakumar Yadav get a chance?
The biggest problem for Mumbai Indians is the middle order. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are unable to score runs. Ishaan has scored 107 runs in 8 matches. That’s why he was dropped in the last match. Whereas Suryakumar has also scored 16 runs in 4 matches of the UAE leg. In such a situation, can the team management decide to keep him out of the playing-11 against Delhi. However, it is less likely. He can play at number three. Saurabh Tiwari has also made it to the playing-11. Hardik Pandya has not bowled a single ball in UAE and he is also playing as a batsman in the playing 11.
Krunal and Pollard will play all-rounders
Krunal Pandya and Kieran Pollard could be the two all-rounders to be included in the playing-11. Both these players performed well in the last match against Punjab Kings. Pollard scored 15 runs in 7 balls with 2 wickets in the match. Krunal had bowled the first over in the last match and he took 1 wicket for 24 runs in 4 overs.
The reins of the fast bowling attack will be in the hands of Jasprit Bumrah. Trent Boult can play as his ally. Nathan Coulter-Nile did not get a wicket in the last match. But he gave only 19 runs in 4 overs. In such a situation, he can get a chance against Delhi. As the main spinner, Rahul Chahar can be a part of the playing-11.
Probable Playing-11 for Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar