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Winless Mumbai, Delhi clash in key game

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Winless title-holders Indians and an equally sluggish will be eager to notch up their first points when they clash in the at the here tomorrow.

While went down to Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers by identical one-wicket margins in edge-of-the-seat thrillers, succumbed to Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals in their first two games.

Mumbai's batting line-up which boasts of attacking players like Rohit Sharma, West Indians Elvin Lewis, and has failed to fire in unison in the first two games.

The hosts would especially hope for an end to the dismal run of Rohit, who fell cheaply in both the games after a largely forgettable tour of and some modest run in the tri-series in prior to the commencement of the

Rohit's form is crucial for and with Lewis too not coming good, the opening partnership has been struggling to get going.

Mumbai could look at promoting Krunal Pandya up the order if his injured brother Hardik, who did not play in the game against Sunrisers last night, again misses tomorrow's match.

On the plus side for MI, Yadav has been among runs and his role will be a key element for the team, especially if the team loses early wickets. In both the games MI lacked big partnerships.

Among the bowlers, rookie leg spinner has been brilliant in the two games. His seven wickets, including the four scalps that he captured in a low-scoring tie against Sunrisers at last night, earned him the purple cap.

The Punjab-born wrist spinner has been relying mostly on googlies as his wicket taking balls and his performance would be key to Mumbai's success.

Markande, however, has lacked adequate support from the other bowlers pacers Muztifizur Rehman, Jasprit Bumrah, Pradeep Sangwan and Krunal.

Muztifizur and Bumrah are some of the best death bowlers in the world, but they went for runs and would be keen to do better tomorrow.

Delhi, on the other hand, also possess top batsmen but they too haven't been able to perform to their potential till now. Expectations will be high from local boy Shreyas Iyer, apart from Gambhir, Rishabh Pant, Aussie Glenn Maxwell, Englishman and Kiwi

If they get going they can dismantle any attack and Mumbai's won't be an exception. The visitors could also bring in some new comers in place of laggards.

Delhi bowlers, who have leaked runs aplenty, will also need to step up and strike regular blows to contain Mumbai's strong batting line-up. The role of spinners, especially leggie Amit Mishra, will be crucial.

The dew factor may not play a significant role as it's an evening game.

Teams (from):

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh,

Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir(c), Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh,

Match starts at 4 PM.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 10:00 IST
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