New Delhi. After the loss in the previous match, Delhi Capitals will be eyeing a return to winning ways in IPL 2021 through Saturday’s match, while defending champions Mumbai Indians (Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians) after a win. Will try to maintain the rhythm. After 8 victories, Delhi, which had almost confirmed a place in the playoffs, were defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets in a low-scoring match. Delhi are now in second place with 16 points from 11 matches and the last runners-up will try to finish in the top two to get two chances of reaching the final .
Delhi suffered its first defeat in the last match in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The KKR bowlers took full advantage of the slow wicket by winning the toss and proving the captain’s decision to bowl first. None of the stars adorned Delhi’s batsmen could hit a single six in 20 overs. Delhi could score only 127 for nine in front of Sunil Narayan’s spin. Steve Smith, playing in place of the injured Prithvi Shaw, scored 39 off 34 balls while Rishabh Pant added 39 off 36 balls. Only 13 runs came off the bat of the lower middle order. On a favorable pitch, Delhi’s spin trio Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav will try to make a mark.
Mumbai will have to beat Delhi in any case
Mumbai, on the other hand, registered their first win in the previous match after three consecutive losses in the UAE leg of the IPL. The batsmen of record five – time champions Mumbai disappointed . Suryakumar Yadav could only score 0, 8, 5 and 3 runs in four matches. Openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock could not convert good starts into big innings which put pressure on the middle order . The good thing for Mumbai was that Saurabh Tiwary (45) and Hardik Pandya (40) were in form in their six-wicket win against Punjab Kings. Kieron Pollard played the role of the finisher after scoring 15 not out in seven balls. Tiwary can stay in the team on the strength of his brilliant innings and it remains to be seen whether Ishan Kishan, who is in poor form, gets another chance. Jasprit Bumrah has consistently performed well in bowling but the spinners have been flop. There will be pressure on Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya to perform well.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Marco Janssen, Yudhveer Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult.
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Sauv, Ripple Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrique Norkia, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya , Lukman Meriwala, Praveen Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.