The 25th match of this season’s Indian Premier League [IPL] will see Mumbai Indians host Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
Mumbai are on a stunning run of form that has seen them win five matches on the bounce after beginning the tournament with a loss. Their batting against the Kings XI Punjab, chasing down 199 in just 15.3 overs, was a huge statement that will send shivers down the spine of opposition bowlers.
Delhi, on the other hand, have gone off the rails after making a promising start to the season. They desperately need a win to get their campaign back on track as they look to stay in touch with the top three.
Ahead of the match, we have the latest team news, start time and date, as well as how you can watch all the action from the UAE.
DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO
Date: April 22, 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 18:30 GST, 20:00 local time (IST), 14:30 GMT
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO
TV: UAE – OSN Sports Cricket HD, India – Sony Six, Sony Six HD (English), Sony Max, Sony Max HD 3 (Hindi), UK – Sky Sports
Online streaming: hotstar.com, Hotstar app (in India only)
TEAM NEWS, SQUADS, PREDICTED XIs
MI SQUAD: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, R Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, J Suchith, Siddhesh Lad, Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunaratne, Kulwant Khejroliya
Mumbai have a well-balanced team and are looking good to finish in the top two and a spot in Qualifier 1, which will not only give them home advantage, but also two chances at qualifying for the final.
The only area of concern for Rohit Sharma’s team is the form of Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lankan pacer, who has been a lynchpin of the franchise for a number of years, has conceded 109 runs from eight overs in the last two matches and that might see him make way for Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
PREDICTED MI XI: Patel (wk), Buttler, Rana, Rohit, Pollard, Krunal, Hardik, Harbhajan, Johnson, McClenaghan, Bumrah
A reminder: Chris Morris run rate this season: 14.32 runs per over. Chris Morris boundary percentage this season: 39%. #IPL— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 19, 2017
DD SQUAD: Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Sam Billings, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Ben Hilfenhaus
Some of Delhi’s tactics have come under criticism this season, especially the move to send Angelo Mathews above Chris Morris in the batting order when the required run-rate was above 12 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson is likely to be available for selection and, if that’s the case, should replace Mathews in the playing XI.
South Africa quick Kagiso Rabada could finally get a game, while Shahbaz Nadeem will feel he deserve to come back into the team after impressive performances in the first three matches.
PREDICTED DD XI: Samson, Billings, Nair, Pant (wk), Iyer, Anderson, Morris, Rabada, Mishra, Zaheer (c), Nadeem
(Last five matches – with latest match first)
MI: W W W W W
DD: L L W W L
Delhi have been quite unpredictable this season, but Mumbai are clearly the favourites going into this game. Hence, we’re predicting a win for the hosts.