Date: 20 April 2021
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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Midweek blues? Throw that phrase out of your vocabulary as it is the Indian Premier League time and on Tuesday evening is the repeat of the last year’s final – it will be the Delhi Capitals up against the Mumbai Indians. While Delhi ended up being the runners up last season they would be keen on getting a win over Mumbai to avenge their defeat last season. One shouldn’t forget that the two teams met four times in 2020 and on all four occasions it was the Rohit Sharma-led side which emerged victorious. Won’t that be enough to boil the blood of a young Delhi side and charge them up for a fine performance against Mumbai? Mumbai though are the calmer kind, the one that talk through performances, the composed type and they will start afresh leaving all things aside and look to focus on that one match. Both teams are favourites to reach the playoffs this year and both have two wins from their three matches which makes it just the most perfect set up for the Delhi-Mumbai rivalry to resume.
The Delhi Capitals do have Anrich Nortje available for selection but they went ahead with Steve Smith the other day who wasn’t quite impressive. However, they should stick with him at least for another match now that they have given him a chance. Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis and Chris Woakes are their other three overseas players. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma is also nearing match fitness and could be given a match here.
There is no update on the fitness status of Nathan Coulter-Nile yet who many believe to be the perfect fit for the slow-ish nature of the Chennai wicket. MI have tried Marco Jansen in the past and handed Adam Milne his debut against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. They are likely to stick with the same XI.
Head to Head
Matches played: 28
Delhi Capitals: 12
Mumbai Indians: 16
Shikhar Dhawan is growing in reputation as a T20 batsman. While his stroke hovered around the 120-mark for the longest time, in the last few overs he has played fearlessly and reaped the rewards. The southpaw has been in great nick in the tournament and would look to make the most of his form trying to reclaim his spot at the top of the order in the national team. Dhawan is currently the leading run getter of the tournament and the Orange Cap sits nicely on his head.
For Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah is in the center of their plans. More often than not, Rohit banks on him for the crucial overs and even if he does not pick up a wicket, he has put the pressure back on the opposition. Boom Boom will be the key yet again against the Delhi side.
Rabada hasn’t looked at his best so in the T20 tournament. The South African speedster has picked 3 wickets but has conceded runs at an economy of 9.12. Against the Mumbai Indians, Rabada would look to regain his prime bowling form and guide his team to a win over MI which will be in many sense an announcement of their intent to win the IPL this year.
Probable Playing XI:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Lukman Meriwala
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Adam Milne, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult