The grandest Cricket Carnival has just begun, and now we move into the double-header Sunday where Mumbai Indians will take on the Delhi Capitals. Mumbai Indians is set to kickstart their IPL campaign in front of their home crowd when they host the Delhi franchise at the Wankhede stadium. Rohit Sharma will lead the hosts while Shreyas Iyer will be the standing captain for the young guns, Delhi Capitals. With world class in their ranks, both the teams would be eyeing for a positive start at the beginning of the tournament.

Mumbai Indians had a forgettable IPL according to their standards where they finished fifth in the league table.  The Blue Army was the first team in the history of Indian Premier League to win the title three times (2013, 2015, 2017). Having retained their star players for the upcoming season, Mumbai Indians ended up buying six players in the bidding war. Mumbai Indians along with Sunrisers Hyderabad have the most balanced side on paper. They have a great set of quality players with the right combination of Indian and overseas players.  Rohit Sharma & Co have to show their calibre and perform as a unit if they want to make it into the playoffs this time around.

Delhi Capitals, earlier known as ‘Delhi Daredevils,’ have been in terrible form in the recent years. One of those teams, which has potential match-winners in their ranks but always failed to perform as a team. They possess impactful players like Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Radaba and Trent Boult in the mix which can help the visitors smell blood in the opening encounter at Mumbai. Delhi Capitals has the best Indian batting core, but their bowling department has to stand up in the times of adversity. With Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting at the helm, Delhi Capitals would be hoping to change their fortunes in the upcoming season.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

Time:  08:00 PM IST

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

Ground Stats IPL 

Total matches 66
Matches won batting first 33
Matches won bowling first 33
Average 1st Inns scores 164
Average 2nd Inns scores 153
Highest total recorded 235/1 (20 Ov) by RCB vs MI
Lowest total recorded 67/10 (15.2 Ov) by KKR vs MI
Highest score chased 195/5 (14.4 Ov) by MI vs RR
Lowest score defended 135/6 (20 Ov) by DCG vs MI

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Mumbai Indians:

  • Adam Milne has been ruled out following his injury.
  • Lasith Malinga will miss the first game as he representing his national colours in South Africa.

 

Delhi Capitals:

  • Shikhar Dhawan will provide a much-needed stability at the top of the order.
  • Chris Morris will not feature in this match as he is on national duty.

 

SQUADS

 

Mumbai Indians:

Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam

Delhi Capitals:

Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Colin Ingram, Manjot Kalra, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Munro, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Keemo Paul, Rishabh Pant, Ankush Bains, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa.

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Mumbai Indians

  • Rohit Sharma
  • H Pandya
  • Surya Kumar Yadav

Delhi Capitals

  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Rishabh Pant
  • K Rabada

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Mumbai Indians:

Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya,Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, J Bumrah

Delhi Capitals:

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma

 

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