The most fancied team of the IPL, Mumbai Indians, start their campaign on Sunday in the third match of the league. Delhi Capitals (formerly known as Delhi Daredevils) will be their opponents who were placed at the bottom position in the last season. With the name change, they would be hoping for the change in their fortune. Check out free cricket match tips here.
Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians, both teams have a strong batting line-up. Delhi Capitals have shuffled their squad a lot and would be looking for a fresh beginning to the league. Mumbai Indians has some close games in the last season with some last ball matches but still, they hold the sixth position in the table. Mumbai Indians would be aware of the competitors in the league and will start things with a win. Delhi Capital is the only franchise to have not won a single knockout match. Maybe changing the name brings luck to the team.
Performance Check via Cricket Match Tips
Though IPL 2018 might not be to remember for Mumbai Indians, they haven’t made many changes to the squad. One of the pretty decent buys is Quinton de Cock who has been in excellent form and has been scoring runs at ease. He might be the pick of the batsman early in the tournament. Opening with the likes of Ewin Lewis if he is fit would be the highlight. Rohit Sharma has been the guiding light for the team. His performance affects the team overall.
Pollard should be utilized and needs to be sent up the order. He has been hitting runs in the Caribbean League. Addition of Yuvraj and Malinga is a bit strange with both the players out of their prime form. But Mumbai Indians would like to extract as much as possible from the duo.
The main strength of Mumbai Indians lies with the strong Indian players like Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah who have excelled in T20 format for India.
Delhi Capitals have been shuffling a lot at IPL auction and it speaks of quality. Shikhar Dhawan just scored a fresh hundred against Australia. Prithvi Shaw is a bright young batsman. Shreyas provides strength in the middle order with good power hitting. Munro, Pant, and Ingram are well aggressive batsmen and would place in the playing eleven for the franchise.
Starting against Mumbai at Wankhede gives them an opportunity to utilize their batting power at the best batting pitch. Their bowling attack consists of likes of Morris, Trent Boult, Rabada, Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, and Ishant Sharma. Any of the combinations amongst these players should make it a formidable side that is very competitive.
Head to Head Tipster
Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians in the final group stage match denying them the berth in the playoffs. Both teams have an even record of 11 games each from the 22 games that have been played so far.
Probable Playing XI Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah
Probable Playing XI Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Kagiso Rabada
Pitch Condition Tips
Weather is going to be humid. Pitch at Wankhede is excellent for batting. It is going to be a high scoring match at the Wankhede.
Toss Prediction Tips
The tendency is to field first after winning the toss and chase the target.
Cricket Match Tips Prediction
Mumbai Indians lost both their games against Delhi and even at the cost of a play-off place. Rohit Sharma and Quinton are in good form with Jasprit Bumrah leading the bowling department. They would have home advantage and would like to start their campaign with a win.