The Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on the Delhi Capitals (DC) on Saturday afternoon at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai for match 51 of IPL 2020. Both the teams are coming off contrasting results in their last game.
While Mumbai had a resounding victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Delhi, on the other hand, received a thrashing at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad. MI is on top of the points table with 16 points, and they are the first team to have qualified for the playoffs.
Delhi who was dominant in the first half of the season has slumped to three consecutive defeats. With a win, MI will target a top-two spot, and DC would look to assure their place in the top four.
IPL 2020, Match 51: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals- MI Predicted XI
Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock is currently the leading run-scorer for Mumbai this season. The left-hander has scored 392 runs at an average of 39.2 and a strike rate of 140. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, the South-African has batted with extra responsibility, but without compromising with his scoring run-rate. The 27-year-old has been sharp with the gloves as well.
Ishan Kishan was brought in the eleven in place of injured Saurabh Tiwary, and soon with a 99 against RCB, he showed why he must be a consistent fixture in the MI team. Kishan was given the opening duties when Sharma got injured, and he has been giving MI quick starts in the skipper’s absence.
The left-hander is a quick scorer in the middle overs too as he likes to take on the spinners. This season Kishan has scored 323 runs at an average of 40 and a strike rate of 141.
Although he was overlooked for selection in the national team, he didn’t let that pressure faze him away from the goal of accumulating runs and winning matches for his team. Yadav played one of the finest innings this season against RCB – 79 from 43 – with an extravagant display of his class and range.
The right-hander has accumulated 362 runs at an average of 40 at a strike rate of 155. This season is considered to be the breakthrough season for Suryakumar Yadav as he is showing a great deal of temperament and maturity.
Saurabh Tiwary started the season on a positive note by scoring a 42 against Chennai where others around him perished in trying to slog. Another quick 21 versus Kolkata had Tiwary’s season going; however, it was halted by an injury.
His replacement Ishan Kishan hasn’t put a foot wrong, and Tiwary was benched even after getting back to fitness. In the last three matches, he has come in for the injured skipper and has scores of 34 and 5. Also, he has been giving his best in the field despite his weight issues. Unless Rohit Sharma is fit and ready to be back in the team, Tiwary has done enough to stay in the eleven.
This is where Mumbai’s strength lies- in their lower middle-order; the trio of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Krunal Pandya. The younger Pandya because of his back issues hasn’t been bowling, but he has been smacking sixes for fun with the bat.
Hardik has a strike rate of 174 this season. He has scored 241 runs at an average of 34 and has displayed a fearless brand of batting.
Mumbai’s senior stateman is currently leading the team as regular skipper, Rohit Sharma is injured. Pollard, as a captain has been terrific in his bowling changes and tactically smart in shuffling the batting order at times.
As a batsman, his numbers are monstrous. He is averaging a colossal 109 in 9 innings, and has scored at a strike rate of 200! He has been dismissed only twice this season in 9 innings.
With Hardik not bowling, his elder brother, Krunal Pandya has taken the role of the fifth bowler, and he hasn’t disappointed. He has chipped in with wickets at times, but importantly he hasn’t leaked runs- Krunal has an economy of 7.51 which is applaudable considering the batsman are always looking to target the fifth bowler.
He also had played a few quick cameos with the bat, such as the one against Hyderabad, 20 from 4 balls. The all-rounder is a versatile batsman and can bat at any stage of the innings and change his gears according to the situation.
James Pattinson was drafted in the Mumbai Indians squad as an injury replacement for veteran Lasith Malinga. While those were big shoes to fill for Pattinson, the Aussie pacer has done exceedingly well, especially with the new ball.
He has picked up wickets in most of the games, and seldom he has been expensive. Pattinson has 11 wickets in 9 matches at an economy of 8.95. The only change MI might do, is to bring back Nathan Coulter Nile, who can give some more batting depth- however, that change seems unlikely to happen nearing the playoffs.
Rahul Chahar has done a magnificent job for Mumbai in the middle-overs, by not only choking the batters but also picking wickets and denting the opposition’s batting. Chahar has picked 14 wickets at an economy of 7.86.
Chahar has climbed leaps and bounds in the past couple of IPL seasons. He will also be soon reconsidered for the national team. The leggie has played one game in India colours and would wish to be a regular part of the team.
Arguably, the best pacer in the world currently, Jasprit Bumrah has been a sensation for Mumbai Indians. he has taken over the bowling leader hat from Lasith Malinga, and is now chasing the purple cap.
The right-arm pacer has picked 20 wickets this season and is just three behind Kagiso Rabada. Moreover, Bumrah has produced impactful performances and has turned the game on its head as he did against RCB with the wicket of Virat Kohli, and then Shivam Dube and Devdutt Padikkal in the same over.
Trent Boult has been the strike bowler for MI in the powerplay. The kiwi has lived up to the expectations and has given Mumbai Indians the start they wanted with the new ball.
Boult is not far behind Bumrah, as he has picked 17 wickets. Boult has been leaking runs at the death, and that is one of the few concerns MI would quickly want to get rid of.