Delhi capitals are coming from three consecutive losses from their previous games and will be low in confidence before this important game.
Mumbai Indians are a better side both on paper and based on recent performance in the Tournament.
Delhi has a quality bowling attack with the likes Rabada and Nortje which can trouble any batting lineup and Delhi may likely not to qualify if they lose this match as next match will be against RCB.
A last-ball six by Sir Jadeja against KKR ensures Mumbai Indians as the first team to Cement their spots for the Playoffs and this match is now very crucial from Delhi Capitals point of view as they haven't qualified yet and if they lose this one it might be curtains for them though they have a game to go but that too against RCB which would not be easy. Before three matches Delhi capitals were favourites to finish in top 2 but Consecutive losses have spoiled their chances. Dhawan has been in good form but Shreyas Iyer has failed to perform in the latter stages of the Tournament which have affected Delhi capitals Performance. Pant return to the team hasn't benefited much as he fails to do his job. An experiment of Stoinis coming up the order also failed in the previous game. Rabada was though expensive and wicketless but he is a class act and would like to come back with a Bang, his Country mate Anrich Nortje has also accompanied him well. Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel will look after the Spin department. Shimron Hetmyer may showcase his talent and capability today in a big match.
Mumbai Indians have played like a Champion team in the whole Tournament and would like to continue their good run against Delhi Capitals. Quinton De Kock and Ishan Kishan have given the side a wonderful start in every game after the injury concern of Rohit Sharma. Suryakumar Yadav has once again proved his worth in the previous game by playing a match-winning innings in the previous match. Keiron Pandya and Pandya Brother are the powerhouses of the Mumbai Indians contributing in each match. Bowling looks perfectly balanced with the likes of Bumrah, bout and Pattinson in the fast bowling department. Rahul Chahar and krunal Pandya forms a formidable duo for spin . Rahul Chahar has impressed everyone this year.
The surfaces in the UAE are clearly getting drier and drier with every passing match. The good news for the batsmen is that despite the slowness, the surfaces still have even bounce and pace. Also, dew has started to make a massive impact and the teams have increasingly preferring to chase now. We saw the advantage the chasing team has in the last two matches as well and that can be the case again.Considering that bowling will get difficult in the second half of the second innings owing to the lights, the team batting first will want to post a total of at least 180 runs on the board.
It is a high-pressure game for Delhi Capitals and runs on the board could prove to be game-changing. Also, the fact that they failed to chase well in the previous match will be playing on their minds. Conditions, however, have so far supported the team batting second as dew had made gripping the ball difficult. Therefore team winning the toss would like to bat first.
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