Delhi Capitals are all set to bounce back after a blip in the last match, while a struggling Mumbai Indians will hope to hold on to their new-found momentum on Saturday’s IPL doubleheaders. Delhi were done in by the sluggish conditions of Sharjah, as an all-round Kolkata Knight Riders trumped them by three wickets in a low-scoring affair.
Lying second with 16 points from 11 games, the target for the last season’s runners-up would be to finish in top-two, which will give them two shots at reaching the final. For a team that looked at ease all along, it was their first defeat in the UAE leg as Delhi struggled to get going against KKR bowlers who made full use of the slow surface after opting to bowl.
Meanwhile, Mumbai would look to stay in the race after securing their first win from four matches in the second leg of the IPL. Batting has been a big letdown for the record five-time IPL champions as Surya Kumar Yadav is horribly out of form with scores of 0, 8, 5, 3 in the UAE leg.
Opening batters Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock have not been able to convert their starts and it has put pressure on the middle-order. The silver lining for the IPL heavyweights was the struggling middle-order turning it around with Saurabh Tiwary (45) and Hardik Pandya (40) securing a six-wicket win over Punjab Kings.
Kieron Pollard is also seen in the groove with a seven-ball 15 not out to play the finisher's role. Tiwary’s resolute knock would mean that he would retain his place and it remains to be seen whether Sharma gives another opportunity to the out-of-form Ishan Kishan.
What: Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians, Match 46
When: October 2, Saturday
Where: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c) Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar and Trent Boult.
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripal Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimrom Hetmyar, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala, Pravin Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod. Match starts: 3.30pm IST.