All-time meetings: Delhi Capitals W12, Mumbai Indians W11 Last meeting: Delhi Capitals beat Mumbai Indians by 37 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Ricky Ponting
Captain: Shreyas Iyer
Delhi Capitals come into this match in fine form having won their last three matches – all of which have come away from their home turf – so they will be keen to get a victory against Mumbai Indians in front of their home fans where they have won just once in three games this campaign.
The performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad was particularly impressive as they were defending a modest 155/7 but Kagiso Rabada and Keemo Paul produced some superb bowling to take seven wickets between them for just 39 runs and bowl the Sunrisers out 39 runs short.
Colin Munro came in for that last match as Colin Ingram returned home for the birth of his child and he is expected to miss this match also which will hand Munro another chance to impress and force his way into the side, as they should be unchanged.
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai Indians got back to winning ways last time out against Royal Challengers Bangalore as they chased down 171/7 thanks to Hardik Pandya’s big hitting but they face a team that has beaten them three times in a row and six of the last nine matches in Delhi.
Malinga came in for Alzarri Joseph in that last game, taking four wickets on his return to the team, and he will keep his place as there is a high chance that the Indians name an unchanged starting eleven for this trip to Delhi.
One of their main concerns has been the form of Krunal Pandya who is struggling with both bat and ball, but the Indians are typically loyal to their experienced players so he should keep his place to try and play his way out of this poor run of form.
These two teams are evenly matched in many ways, not least the IPL ladder where they are tied on ten points. Delhi Capitals have good form behind them and a bowling attack that is arguably as strong as Mumbai Indians’. The batting line-ups are pretty comparable also, even if one would typically edge the greater experience of the Indians, the Capitals have plenty of talent in their ranks. This match could easily come down to one batsman clicking into gear or a bowler making a real impact – or potentially the toss. The team that wins the toss will surely bowl first and they will arguably be the team to consider, given they are so well matched in so many areas.
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