Date: October 2, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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Preview: Delhi will aim to bounce back after a narrow defeat in the last match when they take on Mumbai in Indian T20 League 2021 on Saturday afternoon as the two sides lock horns at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. In-form Delhi have won 2 of their 3 matches in UAE this season while the defending champions have only been able to muster 1 win in 4 matches in the 2nd half. Delhi are sitting comfortably in second place while Mumbai need to win their remaining three games to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
The two teams have already met once this season in April and at that time it was the Rishabh Pant-led side which emerged victorious in a hard-fought contest by 6 wickets. Mumbai had scored 137/9, thanks to superb batting from Rohit Sharma (44 off 30 balls). But a good partnership between Shikhar Dhawan (45) and Steven Smith (33) helped Delhi win the game convincingly with 5 balls to spare.
Position in Indian T20 League standings before Kolkata vs Punjab game:
Delhi: Current Position: 2nd (16 points in 11 matches)
Mumbai: Current Position: 5th (10 points in 11 matches)
Delhi: Prithvi Shaw was replaced by Steve Smith in the team as Shaw was suffering from an injury. Shaw is likely to come back in the side against Mumbai. Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has suffered a hamstring injury and his availability is doubtful for this match.
Mumbai: Mumbai head coach Mahela Jayawardene revealed that the franchise doesn’t want to push Hardik Pandya too hard to bowl as this might have an impact on his batting as well. Ishan Kishan was dropped for Saurabh Tiwary, who played a wonderful innings on his return to the team. Their team composition is likely to stay the same against Delhi. However, the dismal form of Suryakumar Yadav will be a big worry for them.
Head to Head (in Indian T20 League)
Matches Played – 29
Delhi – 13
Mumbai – 16
Shikhar Dhawan: Shikhar Dhawan is the top run-scorer in the tournament with 454 runs at a strike rate of 130. He has struck 55 fours and 9 sixes during a remarkable season. Having been left out of India’s T20 World Cup squad, Dhawan will be eager to prove the selectors wrong with another good showing against Mumbai.
Rohit Sharma: Rohit has looked in good touch in the second-half but he has not been able to play a long innings. The swashbuckling Indian opener has played numerable match-winning knocks for Mumbai in the previous editions of the Indian T20 League and he will be eager to inspire his team to victory here.
Kieron Pollard: The all-rounder is at the top of his game and has been performing brilliantly for Mumbai in the past few years. With the experience of playing high-pressure matches, he has learned to keep his cool and contribute to the team’s cause. He has been a consistent performer for his team this season. Pollard will again have to be at his best if Mumbai are to win against Delhi.
Probable Playing XI
Delhi: Prithvi Shaw/Steve Smith, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Mumbai: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult