Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant.
Mumbai registered its first win in the previous match after three consecutive losses in the UAE leg of the IPL. Although the record five-time champion Mumbai was disappointed by the batsmen.
In IPL 2021, on October 2, the last season’s winner Mumbai Indians and runner-up Delhi Capitals will compete. After the loss in the previous match, Delhi will be looking to return to the winning track, while poor-form Mumbai will be looking to maintain the momentum after a win. After eight wins, Delhi, which had almost confirmed a place in the playoffs, were defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets in a low-scoring match. Delhi are now second with 16 points from 11 matches and the previous runners-up will try to finish in the top two to get two chances of reaching the final.
Delhi suffered its first defeat in the last match in the UAE leg of the IPL. The KKR bowlers took full advantage of the slow wicket by winning the toss and proving the captain’s decision to bowl first. None of the star-studded Delhi batsmen could hit a single six in 20 overs. In front of Sunil Narine’s spin, Delhi could score only 127 runs for nine wickets. Playing in place of injured Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith scored 39 runs in 34 balls while Rishabh Pant added 39 runs in 36 balls. Only 13 runs came off the bat of the lower middle order.
All eyes on Delhi’s spin trio
On a favorable pitch, Delhi’s spin trio Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav will try to make a mark. Mumbai, on the other hand, registered their first win in the previous match after three consecutive defeats in the UAE leg of the IPL. Record five-time champions Mumbai’s batsmen disappointed. Suryakumar Yadav could only score 0, 8, 5 and 3 runs in four matches. Openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock could not convert good starts into big innings, which put pressure on the middle order.
The good thing for Mumbai was that Saurabh Tiwary (45) and Hardik Pandya (40) were in form in their six-wicket win against Punjab Kings. Kieron Pollard played the role of finisher by scoring 15 not out in seven balls. Tiwary can stay in the team on the strength of his brilliant innings and it remains to be seen whether Ishan Kishan, who is in poor form, gets another chance.
Jasprit Bumrah has consistently performed well in bowling but the spinners have been flop. There will be pressure on Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya to perform well.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Simranjit Singh, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Marco Yanson, Yudhveer Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult.
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripple Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrique Norkhia, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala , Praveen Dubey, Tom Karan, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.
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