Daredevils eye to turnaround against rampaging Mumbai
The matchup between the IPL franchise teams of the two metros at the Wankhede on Saturday night, however, offers a refreshingly different menu. IPL-10 has seen both the sides bloom due to the flowering of young talent.
Mumbai Indians have looked the best all-round team in the tournament so far and it has been evident from their power packed performances in the last 5 matches. After losing the opening encounter to RPS, Mumbai came back in style winning their next 5 matches on a bounce. It has been an exceptional performance by Mumbai so far and 3 more wins will guarantee them a place in the playoffs.
On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils has had a topsy-turvy season thus far and has managed to win only 2 out of the 5 matches they had played so far. After losing the first match against RCB, DD came back pretty strongly in the next two matches but their performances again took a downward slide as they lost their last two matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.
When & Where:
22 April 2017, 2000 Hrs IST @ Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
After winning 5 matches on a trot, MI is unlikely to tinker with their playing XI but they have some serious worries in the bowling department with both foreign pacers Micthell McCleneghan and Lasith Malinga going for plenty in the last couple of matches. The MI team management might be tempted to include the veteran pacer Mitchell Johnson in place of either McCleneghan or Malinga. Other than that the XI remains the same.
Predicted XI: Jos Buttler, Parthiv Patel, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Micthell McCleneghan /Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah.
The DD camp will surely look to get their act right after losing two matches on a bounce. Their youngsters have shown maturity in both bowling and the batting departments but some their senior pros have not been able to produce the match-winning performances.
Jayant Yadav who played his first match the other day is expected to make way for left-arm tweaker Shahbaz Nadeem who has bowled pretty well in the tournament so far.
Predicted XI: Sam Billings, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Corey Anderson, Aditya Tare, Chris Morris, Jayant Yadav/Shahbaz Nadeem, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Pat Cummins.
Head to Head Record
Overall: Total Matches –18, MI Won – 9, DD Won – 9
In Mumbai: Total Matches- 5, MI Won- 5, DD-0
Current Status in IPL 2017
MI: Matches –6, Won – 5, Lost – 1
DD: Matches – 5, Won –2, Lost – 3
Our Prediction for the game:
With the form in the current season MI start the match as favourites, DD was not an easy team to beat
Our prediction goes with MI 57%– DD 43%
Their head to head record suggests that both teams have had some fierce battles in the past and we might be in for yet another mouth-watering contest in the prospect. Both teams have won 9 out of the 18 encounters being played between the two sides but given Mumbai India’s sublime record in the tournament so far, it will be a huge ask for DD top overhaul the two-time champions at the jampacked Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.