Delhi Capitals (DC), who are on the brink of playoff qualification, will take on Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 69th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday (May 21st) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
The Rishabh Pant-led side has been pretty inconsistent throughout the season, winning 7 of their 13 games. However, they are currently in a do-or-die situation as a win on Saturday will take them to 16 points, and as their NRR is much better than that of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), they will have the upper hand in the playoffs race.
However, if Delhi Capital fails to register a victory against Mumbai, they will get knocked out of the tournament, and RCB will become the fourth and final team to seal a spot in the playoffs. It becomes crucial for the DC players to step up and deliver the best for their side and take them over the finish line in a must-win game on Saturday against the five-time champions.
Mumbai Indians, meanwhile, had a torrid IPL season, as they have managed to win just three of their 13 games and become the first team to be knocked out of the tournament. They are coming into this fixture on the back of a 3-runs defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and they will be playing for pride and looking to finish the season on a victorious note.
Match: Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians, Match 69
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: 21st May at 7:30 PM IST & Local Time
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report: The Wankhede Stadium has seen some low-scoring affairs in the last few days, and we might expect the same trend on Saturday as well. The toss winning captain will be looking to bat first and breach the 160-run mark.
Pitch Stats [Last 5 Matches]:
Matches Played: 5
Matches Won Batting First: 2
Matches Won Bowling First: 3
Average 1st Inning Score: 157
Average 2nd Inning Score: 145
Matches Played: 31
MI Won: 16
DC Won: 15
Pant vs Bumrah: 47/6 at 111 SR
Rohit vs Kuldeep: 49/1 at 126 SR
Warner vs Bumrah: 56/2 at 112 SR
Aussie opener David Warner (DC) has hammered 427 runs in 11 matches in this season at an average of 53.37.
Mitchell Marsh (DC) has been in sublime form with the bat for Delhi, amassing 251 runs in seven matches, averaging 35.85, at a strike rate of 133.51.
South-Africa pace sensation Anrich Nortje bounced back strongly after missing the first few games for DC, scalping seven wickets at an average of 25.71 and economy of 9.82.
Tilak Varma, the find of the season for Mumbai Indians, has been the top scorer for the team, accumulating 376 runs this season at an average of 37.60.
Mumbai Indians pacer Daniel Sams has bagged 12 wickets in 10 matches in the ongoing edition of the IPL at an average of 28.33 and an economy of 8.95.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav (ruled out of IPL 2022), Jasprit Bumrah, Tim David, Jaydev Unadkat, Tymal Mills (ruled out of IPL 2022), Jofra Archer (unavailable & injured), Riley Meredith, Daniel Sams, Fabian Allen, Mayank Markande, Murugan Ashwin, Basil Thampi, Anmolpreet Singh, Dewald Brevis, Tilak Varma, Aryan Juyal (wk), Arjun Tendulkar, Ramandeep Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Hrithik Shokeen, Sanjay Yadav, Arshad Khan, Tristan Stubbs, Akash Madhwal.
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (Captain/WK), Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Ashwin Hebbar, Abhishek Sharma, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, KS Bharat, Mandeep Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Chetan Sakariya, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Rovman Powell, Pravin Dubey, Lungi Ngidi, Vicky Ostwal, Sarfaraz Khan.
Probable Playing XI:
Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan(wk), Rohit Sharma (capt), Daniel Sams, Tilak Varma, Ramandeep Singh, Tristan Stubbs, Tim David, Sanjay Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith, Mayank Markande.
Delhi Capitals: David Warner, Prithvi Shaw/Sarfaraz Khan, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Khaleel Ahmed.
CREX XI Suggestion:
Wicket-keeper: Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant
Batters: David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Tilak Varma
All-Rounders: Mitchell Marsh, Daniel Sams
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Riley Meredith
Captain: Mitchell Marsh
Vive-Captain: David Warner