ON THE FAVOURITES (VS) THE FRESHERS:
After a boring IPL opener, the action moves to the city of Bollywood. One of the highest fan based team takes on the team which has a lot of new things in the form of a fresh franchise, a new name and a set of exciting and talented players. Mumbai Indians, one of the highly successful teams in the IPL circuit has retained their core with some smart buys in De Kock, Yuvraj and Malinga. On the other hand, the Delhi Capitals chopped and changed a lot to rope on Dhawan from Sunrisers and got hold of good buys which include Axar Patel, Colin Ingram and so on. The clash between these two is interesting with many of India’s International stars would be in action.
MATCH: Mumbai Indians (vs) Delhi Capitals
VENUE: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai @ 08.00 PM, IST on 24.03.2019
The Wankhede stadium known for high scoring games with the small dimensions would boost the batters on both sides. But they need to wary of what happened in the Chepauk where the spinners ruled the show. The temperature is in the 30s with some dew expected of the surface which has some spice for the pacers.
WHAT’RE THEIR STRENGTHS?
THE CORE BOWLING TEAM:
The team as always look well built with starting XI looking mightily strong with all the bases covered with the bowling packed with names like Bumrah, Malinga, McClenaghan and the Pandya brothers showing the wide variety and the skill to defend any score.
THE PANDYA BROTHERS:
Hardik and Krunal have become an integral part of the Mumbai line up over the last few years delivering with the bat, ball and as well as in the field. With Hardik aiming for a successful world cup and his elder brother looking to fix his place in the national set-up, the duo would be in great hunger for opportunities.
WHAT’S THEIR WEAKNESS:
THE BATTING CONUNDRUM:
With Rohit deciding to open the batting, the middle order looks a bit weak with the likes of Kishan, Yadav, and Yuvraj not expected to score a lot on a continuous basis would be a problem with that being the case the pressure on all-rounders would be increased.
THE X FACTOR: Jasprit Bumrah
The best-limited overs bowler is the lethal weapon that Rohit has in his armory with the deadly Yorkers and brilliant change of pace deliveries. Getting rid of 4 overs from this man would be an uphill task for the teams.
Dhawan, Shaw, Munro/Ingram, Iyer (C), Pant (WK), Axar, Lamichhane, Rabada, Mishra, Ishant/Avesh, Boult
WHAT’RE THEIR STRENGTHS?
THE SOLID INDIAN CORE:
The Capitals already possessed strong Indian names in the batting department with Iyer, Pant, and Shaw and now having roped in Dhawan they possess the best Indian batting line up and with Dhawan and Pant to make an impact before the world cup the doors are open to free their arms and put on great shows in the IPL`
THE OVERSEAS PACK:
Delhi looks a powerful unit in the overseas quartet as well. With the likes of Colin Munro, Ingram and Lamichhane who are proven T20 stars adds to the strong bowling front with Boult, Rabada, and Morris in the mix.
WHAT’S THEIR WEAKNESS?
THE INDIAN BOWLING:
Their Indian bowling looks just the opposite of their batting powers with no one representing currently the national side in the limited overs format. Amit Mishra known for his IPL success is also getting old and Ishant to be the pacer shows their weakness a lot.
THE X-FACTOR: Sandeep Lamichhane
The exciting young talent is a great success and unreadable mystery bowler across many global T20 leagues such as the BBL, CPL and more. With him being a player available for the entire tournament adds more value to his tag.
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