We have a mouth-watering contest tomorrow night, the second-placed Delhi Capitals get set to do battle with the third-placed Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground. Both teams are in sensational form, Delhi have won their past three games which explains their sudden-elevation up the standings, and Mumbai are beginning to threaten having lost just one game out of their last four matches.
A third-consecutive win in the tournament has set up Delhi’s 2019 IPL campaign superbly, it’s just a matter of keeping their composure in order to hold their spot in the top four. The Capitals are one of the most exciting teams going around in this year’s competition, making the playoffs would be a huge bonus to not only themselves but us as viewers. After waiting patiently for seven games, Black Caps batting-dynamo Colin Munro finally got his opportunity and showed the Capitals what they were missing out on. Not one to let the bowlers settle, Munro swung hard and managed a 24-ball 40 at first drop for the Capitals. The only reason he got an opportunity was because of the absence of Colin Ingram, they might have to rethink their priorities now given Munro’s impressive one-game application. Munro has to be heavily-considered to keep playing, especially given Delhi’s inconsistencies at the top of the order with Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan. Perhaps their most destructive batsman in the team, Rishabh Pant has been a shell of his former self in this season’s IPL. They need a lot more out of the 21-year-old, he’s scored the fastest fifty in the tournament but since then has failed to fire.
A potent bowling attack is one of the main reasons Delhi has successfully strung together three wins in a row, wickets are the key in competitions like this. South African quick Kagiso Rabada has been nothing short of outstanding in IPL 12, he’s delivered 17 wickets for his side including two four-wicket hauls in Delhi’s past three games. His death-bowling at the backend of the innings is seriously impressive, the Capitals can’t afford to lose him anytime soon. Proteas teammate Chris Morris has also chipped in with 11 wickets in the tournament, a real South African-flavour is starting to develop in Delhi outfit! Ishant Sharma has been serviceable, and if veteran leggy Amit Mishra could replicate some of his work in past IPL seasons they’d be a dominant force in the competition.
That winning-feeling seems to be well & truly back for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL after making a relatively-slow start to the tournament. What makes this Mumbai team so dangerous? Well, it’s hard to go past their “unpredictable” batting line-up. Apart from Quinton de Kock at the top of the order, this team doesn’t possess a lot of consistency which seems to be their biggest weapon. They’ve got numerous superstars in their line-up that can play a match-winning knock on any given day, we’ve already seen Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard produce some epic knocks this season. These knocks are about as unpredictable as the weather, we’re still waiting for Rohit Sharma to explode with the willow. Hardik Pandya’s mega-ball striking in the dying overs has added a whole new dimension to their batting, he’s striking at 191.75 under immense pressure! Mumbai faces their biggest test yet against one of the best bowling teams in this year’s IPL, what a battle we have on our hands!
The young man who took the IPL by storm with his six-wicket haul on debut now finds himself ruled out of the tournament due to injury, Alzarri Joseph is a huge loss given what he showed us. Luckily for Mumbai, Lasith Malinga’s 4/31 against RCB has given them a huge confidence-boost after the Sri Lankan produced a stunning-display of death bowling to restrict the opposition. Heralded as India’s best current fast bowler in the country, Jasprit Bumrah has been very hard to get away this season and rarely leaks runs. Wickets do seem to be a bit of an issue though, unlike Rabada’s 17, Bumrah has managed just 8 wickets from his eight matches so far. Mumbai have plenty of other options up their sleeve, the Pandya brothers are both handy when wickets are drying up and the spinners always come into the game at some point. Mumbai might think about reintroducing Mitchell McClenaghan in place of Jason Behrendorff ahead of this next game.
Top 4 fantasy picks – Delhi Capitals
- Kagiso Rabada
- Shreyas Iyer
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Rishabh Pant
Wildcard pick – Amit Mishra
Top 4 fantasy picks – Mumbai Indians
- Quinton de Kock
- Hardik Pandya
- Lasith Malinga
- Rohit Sharma
Wildcard pick – Kieron Pollard
Delhi Capitals (possible) – 1. Prithvi Shaw 2. Shikhar Dhawan 3. Colin Munro/Colin Ingram 4. Shreyas Iyer © 5. Rishabh Pant (wk) 6. Chris Morris 7. Axar Patel/Rahul Tewatia 8. Keemo Paul 9. Kagiso Rabada 10. Amit Mishra 11. Ishant Sharma.
Mumbai Indians (possible) – 1. Quinton de Kock (wk) 2. Rohit Sharma © 3. Suryakumar Yadav 4. Ishan Kishan/Yuvraj Singh 5. Kieron Pollard 6. Hardik Pandya 7. Krunal Pandya 8. Jason Behrendorff/Mitchell McClenaghan 9. Rahul Chahar/Mayank Markande 10. Jasprit Bumrah 11. Lasith Malinga.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
“I’ve loved watching cricket since I was about 7 years old, my childhood hero was none other than Andrew “Roy” Symonds who probably enhanced my love of the game through the years”.
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