Thorns are likely to compete in the first qualifier in Dubai on Thursday between the strong team of Mumbai Indians who have a lot of experience in big matches and the Delhi Capitals who have done well in the current season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). It was not easy to beat the four-time champions Mumbai team in the IPL in the league stage, but their 10-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday has upset their rhythm.
On the other hand, Delhi, who lost their first title to win the tournament, defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets to finish second. This win will definitely boost his morale. A positive aspect for the Mumbai team is the return of its captain Rohit Sharma, who missed four matches due to hamstring. The star opener, however, returned to the pavilion early against the Sunrisers.
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The defending champions have aggressive batsmen and excellent bowlers, but their batsmen could not play against the Sunrisers. His bowlers were also unable to get wickets and it was a good lesson for them before the important match that no match should be taken easily. Delhi’s middle order has failed to perform as expected. He has been mainly dependent on one or two players.
Mumbai’s top order has done well. Young Ishaan Kishan (428 runs) has emerged as his leading batsman. Quinton Dickock (443 runs) will be ready to continue his superb form. After this, Suryakumar Yadav (410 runs) played his role well. Hardik Pandya (241 runs), Kieron Pollard (259 runs) and Krunal Pandya (95), who are adept at playing long shots, have shown their skills well when needed. Pollard had also hit four sixes against the Sunrisers.
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Mumbai rested their main bowlers Jaspreet Bumrah (23 wickets) and Trent Boult (20 wickets) against the Sunrisers. Both of them have bowled deadly in the opening and death overs. Rahul Chahar and Krunal will have to forget the dhunai at the hands of Sunrisers’ David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha before taking the field against Delhi.
On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane’s return to form is a good sign for Delhi. He played a match-winning innings of 60 against RCB. Shikhar Dhawan (525) is in excellent form, but needs support from other batsmen. Delhi’s biggest concern is the form of Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant, who have not yet met expectations. His foreign players Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis will also have to show their form in the crucial match. Captain Shreyas Iyer (421) will have to take charge of the innings.
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South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (25 wickets) and Enrique Norje (19 wickets) have successfully led their bowling department. Ravichandran Ashwin and Akshar Patel have handled the spin department well. This helped Mumbai beat Delhi in both matches in the first league stage, but Rohit said that that is history. Rohit said, “It is a fun format in which to play consistently well.” You would like to remember the two wins over Delhi Capitals, but we have to live in the current and constantly improve. “
Possible playing XI for both teams:
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton Dickock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Trent Boult, Jaspreet Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar.
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Marcus Stoinis, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Akshar Patel, Enrich Nortje, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada.
Mumbai Indian Full Sqad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishaan Kishan, James Pattinson, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McLanegan, Mohsin Khan , Nathan Culter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton Dickock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Sherfen Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
Delhi Capitals Full Sqad: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichane, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Akshar Patel, Tushar Deshpande , Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Chemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Enrich Norje, Daniel Symes.
The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.