Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils are both languishing at the bottom of points table and have a chance to set things in order before it gets too late. Daredevils will be looking to wind up their UAE leg with a win while defending champions Mumbai Indians will be in searchof their maiden win.
For Mumbai Indians Rohit SharmaandAmbati Rayudu are the only batsmen who have been somewhat consistent. It has to be this duo to bat MI out of trouble as they are part of the core which MI retained ahead of this year’s auction.
Delhi Daredevils despite going down against Sunrisers Hyderabad will be partly satisfied with Quinton de Kock’s effort considering the fact he was playing in his first game this season.JP Duminyis in form and needs to bat up the order, may be swapplaces with Dinesh Karthik or even Kevin Pietersen in batting line-up.
122, 115 and 141 is what MI has managed to score so far in three games. Michael Hussey the orange cap holder last year is nowhere near his class this season. He has scored an aggregate of 16 runs in his three outings and his one valiant effort is what can lift Mumbai Indians up.
Delhi Daredevils batting may be under firebut their bowling has also let them down, main bowlers Mohammad Shami and Shahbaz Nadeem have been expensive, both have gone for nine runs per over and have failed to provide team with breakthroughs.
Zaheer Khan’s bowling is one thing which may not have left Mumbai Indianscamp worried, he has an economy of 6.25 and in his eight power play overs Khan has bowled 25 dot balls.All he needs is runs to play with.
Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthikhave a role to play if DD wants to qualify for next round. Both have dazzled once in this season but a consistent batting show is needed from them,especiallyKarthik as team owners have spent some heavy bucks on him.
DD: Kevin Pietersen (c), Ross Taylor , Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Mohammad Shami, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Jaydev Undakat, Saurabh Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Shahbaz Nadeem, Kedhar Jadhav, Siddarth Kaul, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Shukla, Milind Kumar, HS Sharath, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ambati Rayudu, Pragyan Ojha, Aditya Tare, Jasprit Bumrah, Jalaj Saxena, Pawan Suyal, Sushant Marathe, C.M. Gautam, Apoorv Wankhade, Shreyas Gopal, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson, Josh Hazelwood, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie, Ben Dunk.