DC is being hit hard by the availability of players in their opening game.
The Delhi Capitals will close horns with the Mumbai Indians in the second game of IPL 2022 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on March 27. Both teams will enter this competition after rebuilding their respective squads on the two-day mega sale and would look forward to starting on a winning note.
The two sides will miss a few key players for this clash. MI will miss the services of middle-order specialist Suryakumar Yadav as he is still in rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) due to a hairline fracture to the thumb he sustained last month.
DC, on the other hand, is somehow in trouble with their overseas recruits. South African pacemaker Anrich Nortje reportedly suffers from hip and back problems and could warm up the couch for a while. Bangladesh speedster Mustafizur Rahman and his Proteas counterpart Lungi Ngidi, who had played the recently concluded ODI series, could miss the team’s opening game. Dynamic opener David Warner will not take the field until after April 5 due to Cricket Australia (CA) central contract rules.
Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians, Match 2, IPL 2022
Location: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date Time: March 27, 3.30 pm
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming.
The Brabourne wicket is expected to provide some assistance to the bowlers beforehand. The pacers can get some swing initially, while the spinners have to focus on their lines and lengths to buy some of the field. An encounter with a high score is virtually at stake.
Ideally, the team winning the toss would try to put runs on the board as it is an afternoon game. However, they can also lose wickets in the quest to score quickly. Hitting in the second innings could be easy, provided the chasing teams have wickets in hand. Therefore, the captain who calls it during the toss will bowl first.
Likely to play XIs for Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians
Capitals Of Delhi
Prithvi Shaw, Tim Seifert, KS Bharat, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan/Mandeep Singh, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav/Lalit Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Chetan Sakariya
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Anmolpreet Singh, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Sanjay Yadav, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills
Likely top performers
Likely Best Hitter of the Match: Rishabh Pant
Expect Rishabh Pant to show up with all weapons in DC’s first-ever match of IPL 2022. It would be up to the captain himself to look after the middle class and finish the game for his side. The southpaw has the potential to play match-defining punches in the middle and death overs and the Mumbai bowlers would want to get rid of him at the earliest. Pant who had finished last season with 419 runs would like to get off to a confident start.
Probably best bowler of the match: Jasprit Bumrah
The Delhi batters must be prepared for Jasprit Bumrah’s crushing yorkers, not only with the new ball in hand, but also at death. He can run through any batting formation with ease, so the batters must try carefully to fend off his overs. The tempo spearhead has huge experience playing on Mumbai courts and it can be very useful in this clash. Bumrah, who had finished as the third-highest wicket-taker last season with 21 wickets, is set to get a positive start in MI’s tournament opener against DC.
Today’s match prediction: Mumbai Indians win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. When making your prediction, keep the mentioned points in mind and make your own decision.