It will be a battle of two heavyweight sides in defending champions, Mumbai Indians [MI] and the table-toppers of the ongoing edition of the IPL, Delhi Capitals [DC], in the 27th match of the cash-rich league at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Delhi Capitals have notched up three consecutive wins in the competition and it is unlikely that they will make any change to their playing XI for the all-important fixture against the Mumbai Indians.
Here’s a look at Delhi Capitals playing XI against Mumbai Indians-
Shikhar Dhawan has looked in good touch in the IPL thus far but the southpaw hasn’t been able to convert those starts into a substantial score.
In six games, Dhawan has managed 132 runs at an average of 22 and a strike-rate of 122.22.
The pocket-size dynamo has consistently given swashbuckling starts to his side, setting the tone for the middle-order to take over.
In six games, Shaw has scored 198 runs at an average of 33 and a strike-rate of 151.14 with two half-centuries.
Shreyas Iyer (C)
Skipper Shreyas Iyer was once looking in good touch during his 18-ball 22 against the Royals before he was unfortunately run-out.
Iyer has thus far scored 203 runs in 6 games at an average of 40.6 and a strike-rate of 140.97 with the highest score of 88 coming against KKR.
Rishabh Pant (WK)
Rishabh Pant has thus far chipped-in with breezy cameos but the southpaw still hasn’t been able to notch up a 50+ score in the IPL thus far.
In 6 games, Pant has scored 176 runs at an average of 35.2 and a strike-rate of 133.33. He managed a nine-ball 5 in the last game against RR. Will he register his first 50+ score of the season against MI?
The West Indian swashbuckler had a brilliant outing against Rajasthan Royals both with the bat and in the field.
Hetmyer smashed a whirlwind 24-ball 45 and his innings proved to be a game-changer as Delhi Capitals recovered brilliantly from 5-113 to 181.
After his contribution with the bat, the southpaw chipped-in with three stunning catches to round off a brilliant all-rounder day for him.
Marcus Stoinis is making a habit of contributing with both bat and ball for the Delhi Capitals this season.
The Australian all-rounder once again chipped-in with a match-winning performance with bat and ball in the last game against the Royals. Besides scoring a handy 30-ball 39, Stoinis claimed two crucial wickets of Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal to effectively kill the run-chase.
Harshal Patel has formed a great foil to the pace-bowling duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje ever since he was slotted in the playing 11.
The right-hander chipped in with a handy 15-ball 16 in the last game besides claiming the wicket of Shreyas Gopal in his three-over spell.
Axar Patel has been absolutely brilliant in the ongoing season of the IPL.
Besides taking crucial wickets and drying up the runs during the middle-overs, the southpaw has also chipped in with handy contributions at the backend, as he did during his 8-ball 17 against RR.
Ravichandran Ashwin has been at the height of his powers in this IPL, displaying that off-spinners still have a role to play in T20 cricket.
Ashwin chipped in with a brilliant spell of 2-22 in the last game against Rajasthan Royals and was rightfully declared the ‘Player of the Match’
Anrich Nortje has been a revelation for Delhi Capitals this season.
With a penchant to bowl hard lengths and at tearaway pace, the young South African speedster has formed a perfect foil with Kagiso Rabada, chipping-in with valiant contributions in every game.
In six games, Anrich Nortje has claimed 8 wickets at an average of 21.75 and an economy rate of 7.25.
And, last but not the least, the ‘MVP’ of the IPL thus far- Kagiso Rabada.
The South African bolter chipped in with three wickets in the last game to take his tally to 15 wickets at an average of 12.33 and an economy rate of 7.82.