On Saturday (October 31), Delhi Capitals will take on Mumbai Indians, who have qualified for playoffs, in Dubai in the 51st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Although they are standing at the number three position in the points table, Delhi Capitals have lost three matches in a row. It had put pressure on the franchise for sealing the spot in the playoffs with only two matches left to play, including the one against MI.
After the defeat against SRH, DC head coach Ricky Ponting had also shown concern, stating that his team need to hit the ‘reset’ button to keep their dream alive. As they now face off the defending champion, let’s take a look at how Delhi Capitals playing XI can shape in.
Delhi Capitals predicted XI against Mumbai Indians:
After Prithvi Shaw has not managed to set the stage on fire, Delhi Capitals has stuck with Ajinkya Rahane as the opener. In the last match against SRH, while chasing the mammoth target of 220 runs, the veteran Indian batsman scored 26 off 19 balls, striking three fours and one sixes, before Rashid Khan trapped him. Although he was the second-highest scorer for DC in that match, it was not enough to take guide them to victory.
He will look to play a big knock and set a good base for them against Mumbai Indians.
After scoring back to back two centuries, Shikhar Dhawan has scored 6 and 0 in the last two matches. With his opening batsman already struggling, the southpaw needs to stay long in the field and take the team to a good position.
Shreyas Iyer was also out after scoring seven runs and consuming 12 balls against SRH. The pressure had mounted on him after the early loss of a top-order batsman. As a result, he played a shot in a rush and threw away his wicket cheaply. The DC captain might have been disappointed with his performance, but he will look to redeem against MI.
The wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, has not been able to accelerate the innings for Delhi Capitals after he has returned to the team after recovering from injury. He had the opportunity to become the hero for DC, but he has failed to stand up to the expectations. He has not been to score a half-century, so far, in this season while his highest score is 38 runs. To secure the place in the playoffs, Pant needs to step in and take responsibility.
The power hitter, Shimron Hetmyer, was promoted up in the order against SRH but he could not play a fiery knock. He scored 16 off 13 balls before leaving his team to chase an above-par total. The Windies will have to accelerate the innings against MI.
Marcus Stoinis, the fast-bowling allrounder, had disappointing matches against KKR and SRH. He has proven to be expensive with the ball while also has lost his wicket early. In both matches, he has scored 6 and 5 runs respectively.
The Australian needs to end the run draught and get the team across the line.
Delhi Capitals was expecting Axar Patel to play firey knock against SRH like he did against CSK to seal the deal for them. But the allrounder could not repeat the same stint. Also, he went wicketless and gave away 36 runs in his four overs.
The major set back for Delhi Capitals was Kagiso Rabada went wicketless against SunRisers Hyderabad. As his four overs are decisive for DC, he was ineffective against Saha and Manish Pandey as he conceded 54 runs.
The leading wicket-taker will bounce back stronger against Mumbai Indians.
SRH batsmen badly thrashed Ravichandran Ashwin. He conceded 35 runs in three overs while picked one wicket. His poor outing hurt the team as SRH set up a mammoth target of 220 runs. The only spinner of the team will have to bounce back stronger against MI.
Anrich Nortje was the only one who had given impressive performances in the last two matches. He ran through the top-order of KKR, picking the wicket of Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi. Overall, the Proteas returned with a bowling figure of 4-0-27-2. Against SRH, he picked the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha.
The speedster will play a crucial role against Mumbai Indians to take the game home.