IPL 2021: MI vs DC Preview – Mumbai face uphill task on their way to playoffs qualification

The finalists of the IPL 2020 are all set to meet each other in a league match in the second leg of the IPL 2021. Mumbai Indians will take on the Delhi Capitals, with stakes quite different for both teams. Delhi has won eight out of their 11 matches so far and are trying their best to make it to the top two.

Mumbai, on the other hand, are coming into this game after five wins and six losses in 11 matches. They need to win each and every match from here to book a playoff position for themselves. Given the tight competition in the middle of the table, this is a much important game for Mumbai. The pressure will be high and Delhi might just get their revenge. They have already won one against Mumbai earlier this season.

Head to head

Match Info

IPL 2021 Match 46 – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Time: 3:30 PM IST

Team News:

Mumbai Indians: The dropping of Ishan Kishan may not have gone down well with the fans, but Saurabh Tiwary’s match-winning knock of 45 against Punjab Kings in the previous match should be enough for him to maintain a place in the side. After finally getting a win under their belt, it is highly unlikely that Mumbai Indians will make any changes to their side. Suryakumar Yadav’s form is also a concern but Mumbai might stick to him for a couple more matches. Nathan Coulter-Nile was the one who replaced Adam Milne and having done a fair job, he might retain his spot. Trent Boult, Kieron Pollard and Quinton de Kock will be three other overseas players.

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw suffered a niggle before the previous match, which allowed Steve Smith to come and open the innings for Delhi. He will continue if Shaw continues to be sidelined due to his niggle. Marcus Stoinis is also on the sidelines due to a few fitness issues and might continue to be there and get fully fit before the playoffs. Delhi will not necessarily make any changes to the side, given how consistently they have kept a similar combination. The three overseas picks will be Shimron Hetmyer, Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. The fourth overseas pick will depend on the injury concerns mentioned earlier.

Probable XI