I think it is unfair for me to say that you need batting wickets for the IPL matches and everywhere. Why the tournament is interesting is that every venue is different, I think it has been evenly contested between bat and ball. Yes, the wicket is slightly on the slower side but we have still seen scores of 150, 160. I mean the other day we saw 200. They are not unplayable wickets, but good, competitive wickets. Adjusting to those challenges is always the key for any batsman – Mumbai Indians’ coach Mahela Jayawardene weighs in on the pitch debate Mi vs DC
The Mumbai Indians have played three games in Chennai, so they know the conditions there. For us, the challenge will be to switch on mentally according to the wicket and prepare our plan. Then we just have to go out there and implement the plan and play with a positive mindset and look to win the game – Shikhar Dhawan on the MI challenge Mi vs DC
Mi vs DC Squads:
Mumbai Indians Squad: Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Adam Milne, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, James Neesham, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh
Delhi Capitals Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Lukman Meriwala, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Aniruddha Joshi, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Shimron Hetmyer, Praveen Dubey, Anrich Nortje, Vishnu Vinod, Manimaran Siddharth, Shams Mulani, Ripal Patel
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are in red-hot form at the top of Delhi Capitals’ batting order. So is Mumbai Indians’ new-ball duo of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah, arguably the best pace combination in the Indian Premier League.
Their face-off could well be the decisive factor when the two teams take each other on in a repeat of the last year’s final on Tuesday. Mi vs DC
Both the teams have hardly wasted any time to get off the blocks, notching up two wins each in three games so far. And the Capitals’ openers — with strong ties with Mumbai — will hope to continue with their Sunday night’s heroics against Punjab Kings. Mi vs DC
While Dhawan has opened the Mumbai Indians’ innings during his early years of IPL, Shaw is a product of Mumbai’s stable of batsmanship. The duo will realise that facing perhaps the most well-oiled unit will be its biggest challenge so far this season. Mi vs DC
If the duo can weather the Boult and Bumrah storm early on and let captain Rishabh Pant go after the spin twins Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya, the Capitals will have a brighter chance of avenging the loss in last year’s final.
If the Capitals include Anrich Nortje in their playing XI, it will also be a direct clash between the two fearsome pace combinations. After all, the Kagiso Rabada and Nortje combine tallied a whopping 52 wickets in IPL 2020, same as Boult and Bumrah’s joint figure.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will be hoping to solve the third pacer’s riddle that’s posed a bit of a problem for the defending champion.
Neither Marco Jansen nor Adam Milne, both of whom have been handed MI debuts, has looked effective so far. It may force Hardik Pandya to bowl on Tuesday for the first time this season
Now in the midst of a purple patch, Shaw has proven that a rejig to his technique can be successful but the biggest test for those changes are bound to come against Boult. Just as the measure of Delhi Capitals’ growth as a team will be measured by how they manage to overcome the MI hurdle.
When: Mi vs DC, April 20, 2021 at 19:30 IST
Where: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Mi vs DC
What to expect: The Chennai pitch has proven difficult to chase so far, and the toss could play a critical role once again.
Head to Head: DC 12 – 16 MI. The last time these two teams met, MI won their fifth IPL title. They also pipped DC four times in total in the 2020 season.
Team Watch:Delhi Capitals
Player availability:There has been no concern made public since the previous outing.
Tactics & Match-ups:Legspinner Amit Mishra could find a spot in the final eleven at the cost of a pacer, given his potency against Rohit Sharma (6 dismissals) and the tacky nature of the Chepauk surface.
Probable XI:Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Amit Mishra
Player availability: Mahela Jayawardene mentioned a shoulder niggle for Hardik Pandya, and that could play a factor in influencing their decisions.
Tactics and Match-ups:
Rishabh Pant has been dismissed 5 times by Bumrah in 33 balls. Bumrah also has a positive match-up record against Steve Smith which could incite a change in how the pacer is used against Delhi Capitals.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Adam Milne, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Top performers in the fixture
|1.||Rohit Sharma (MI: 2011-Present)||633|
|2.||Virender Sehwag (DC: 2008-2014)||375|
|3.||Ambati Rayadu (MI: 2010-2017)||356|
|1.||Lasith Malinga (MI: 2008-2020)||22|
|2.||Harbhajan Singh (MI: 2008-2017)||21|
|3.||Jasprit Bumrah (MI: 2013-Present)||18|
Top performers last season
|1.||Shikhar Dhawan (DC)||618|
|2.||Shreyas Iyer (DC-not playing this year due to injury)||519|
|3.||Ishan Kishan (MI)||516|
|1.||Kagiso Rabada (DC)||30|
|2.||Jasprit Bumrah (MI)||27|
|3.||Trent Boult (MI)||25|