The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 46 being played between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
MI are placed fifth in the standings with 10 points from 11 matches. They have the same points as KKR but an inferior NRR separates the two teams. Meanwhile, DC are placed second in the table. A win will see the Capitals qualify for the playoffs and join CSK.
MI had a good game against PBKS the other night, sealing a crucial six-wicket win. This victory helped MI stay afloat in their pursuit of a top-four finish. The game against DC is a must-win for MI as they seek two valuable points. What MI also need to do is improve the NRR. Therefore, a big victory will help them tremendously.
DC had an off day against KKR and struggled to bat at Sharjah. They were at least 10-15 runs short. What DC need is better performance on a slow wicket. If the batters get going, DC can then press for a victory with a famed bowling unit. For DC the math is simple, win the game and qualify for the playoffs.
Since this is an afternoon game, the heat will also play its part and players need to be wary.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. It’s scheduled to start at 3:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
MI have got the much-needed confidence back after the run of losses in the UAE since IPL’s resumption. After three poor performances, MI got past the line against PBKS. They have champion performers everywhere in the side and can change the momentum of games anytime during a match. They will be eyeing the perfect game against DC and Rohit Sharma’s contributions alongside Quinton de Kock will be significant. The pace unit with Jasprit Bumrah in supreme form can test the DC batters.
For DC, Shikhar Dhawan holds a lot of importance. He needs to find his touch and give a good start to DC alongside Steve Smith who looked comfortable in the previous game. The likes of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will be pivotal at number three and four respectively, With the ball, DC have the desired firepower with Kagiso Rabada leading the line alongside Nortje, who is bowling fast and causing issues. Axar Patel is a handy customer in the middle overs. R Ashwin, who impressed against KKR, holds the key as well.
Probable playing XIs: MI vs DC
MI probable playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
DC probable playing XI:
Steve Smith, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer
All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Anrich Nortje, Rahul Chahar
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant
All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Anrich Nortje, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Dhawan and Rohit fit both teams. Both players are of the utmost value for their sides. One will need both these players for their sides to come out firing. They are the prime hopes and crucial in the opening roles.
Pollard and Pandya are the all-rounders that can be picked. Both players are enjoying strong form and can be extremely crucial.
In the bowling department, Bumrah is the main customer. He is bowling well and holds the card for MI. Nortje is the ideal bet and is a dangerous entity for DC.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Rohit Sharma: The senior MI batsman can turn the heat on and make his presence felt. Rohit will be aiming to make things count after a decent show against KKR and RCB. If MI are to do well and go ahead, Roht’s contributions will be immense. He has 334 runs this season.
Shikhar Dhawan: IPL 2021 Purple Cap holder Dhawan is significant for DC. The southpaw got a start in the previous match but couldn’t capitalise. He will be keen to play a match-winning role this time around. With 452 runs under his belt, Dhawan is an obvious choice as skipper.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Bumrah is a sound option. He can get MI to perform with his excellent bowling form and brilliance at the death. He is a genuine contender for the deputy role. Apart from Burmah, Pollard can be picked as well. He brings three dimensions to his game.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch in Sharjah is expected to be slow. Therefore, bowlers will enjoy the scenes. Anything around the 140-150 mark will be challenging. Spinners will have a role as the match progresses as batsmen need to apply themselves well. The weather is expected to be hot and humid which can test the players immensely.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
In the previous meeting this season, DC won the match by six wickets against MI.
The two teams have faced each other on 29 occasions. The tally sees MI winning 16 and DC 13.
We feel DC will come out on top here. They are the in-form side and have the credentials to down an inconsistent MI side.