Match 2, DC vs MI stats preview, player stats and approaching milestones

Delhi Capitals. (Photo source: Twitter/Delhi Capitals)

In the first game of the double-header on Sunday, Delhi Capitals (DC) will face Mumbai Indians (MI) at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, the second game of IPL 2022† In IPL 2021, Mumbai Indians had an unsatisfactory season by their standards, finishing fifth. Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, led the group but lost both knockout matches.

A big problem with Delhi Capitals at the start of the season is that they only have two overseas options in Tim Seifert and Rovman Powell. They will miss the services of IPL’s leading foreign batter David Warner, in-form Mitchell Marsh, express goer Anrich Nortje, master of cutters Mustafizur Rahman, as well as Lungi Ngidi.

With a strong team they will have a world class top four with David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh and Rishabh Pant. While Seifert will be replaced by Warner, Mandeep Singh would likely be replaced by Mitchell Marsh, who would be happy to make a statement. The middle class is not that powerful and it will be a test for Sarfaraz Khan, Rovman Powell and Shardul Thakur to show their finishing skills.

Rovman Powell, who has been exceptional in India’s recent T20I series, would like to continue with that form so as not to be replaced when all foreign players are available. Axar Patel aside, Delhi Capitals bowling doesn’t look strong on paper.

Unlike the Capitals, the Mumbai Indians have no issues with the availability of their foreign players, with only Jofra Archer being unavailable. Although they let Quinton de Kock go, Mumbai still has a decent top three with their retained players – Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. However, they will miss Suryakumar Yadav in form, who was injured in the West Indies series this year.

Now may be the right time for Hyderabad youngster Tilak Varma to replace him and prove his worth. The mid-range for Mumbai Indians has many explosive hitters in Kieron Pollard, Tim David and Daniel Sams. This is what their overseas quotas focus on. Mumbai is also concerned when it comes to their bowling, with Jasprit Bumrah being the only big name. Their lack of big name spin options can hurt them in Indian fields.

Let’s take a look at some of the key stats and numbers for the 2nd match between DC and MI in the 2022 Indian Premier League:

head to head: Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians faced each other 30 times in the IPL with Delhi winning 14 and Mumbai winning 16. Since 2018, both teams have won 5 out of 10 matches.

130 – As Rohit Sharma will lead MI in this match, he will become the third most experienced captain in the IPL with 130 matches. He will overtake Gautam Gambhir, who has captained 129 IPL matches. Only MS Dhoni (204) and Virat Kohli (140) have captained more IPL matches.

17 – While Rishabh Pant leads Delhi Capitals, he becomes the fifth most experienced captain for Delhi Capitals with 17 appearances. He will overtake JP Duminy and his coach Mahela Jayawardene. Virender Sehwag, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir have landed more matches for them.

2 – Continues necessary Rishabh Pant to become the first player to score 2500 IPL runs for Delhi Capitals.

5 – Prithvi Shaw needs five sixes to reach 50 sixes in the IPL.

47 – Axar Patel needs 47 runs to complete 1000 runs in the IPL.

5 – Patel is also five wickets away from completing 100 scalps in the IPL.

2 – Rohit Sharma needs 2 fours to overtake Gautam Gambhir and become the player with the fifth most fours in the IPL. Rohit takes 9 fours to enter the 500-fours club, joining Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, David Warner and Suresh Raina.

3 – Shardul Thakur needs 3 more wickets to reach 150 wickets in T20 cricket.

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