IN PCS: Mumbai confirm playoffs berth with record win over Delhi

Mumbai Indians confirmed their place in the final four of the Indian Premier League [IPL] with a record win over Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.

The table-toppers were dominant from the word go as they cruised to a 146-run success (the largest margin in terms of runs in the history of the IPL) despite having lost the toss.

Lendl Simmons [66 off 43 balls] was playing his first game of the season, replacing Jos Buttler in the team, and he took no time to show why he had been included as he raced to a half-century.

During his knock, Simmons also became the second quickest batsman to 1,000 IPL runs (after Shaun Marsh) in the league's history.

Simmons was well supported by Parthiv Patel (25 off 22 balls) with the duo adding 79 runs for the opening partnership.

Mumbai's innings got the push it required in the second half when Kieron Pollard went on a rampage against the Delhi bowling. The West Indian struck as many as five fours and four sixes en route to an unbeaten 35-ball 63.

Hardik Pandya was dropped by Shreyas Iyer when he was on nine and he made the Daredevils pay by scoring 29 from just 14 deliveries to guide the visitors to a total of 212-3 in their 20 overs.

Pat Cummins had a day to forget with the ball as he conceded 59 runs from his four overs, which included 23 runs in the last over of the innings.

Having chased down a 200+ target a few days ago, the Delhi batsmen would have been thinking that they were in with a chance again, but it wasn't to be as they were bundled out for just 66.

Mitchell McClenaghan dismissed Sanju Samson off the first delivery of the innings and it was just a procession after that. Rishabh Pant, the hero of the last game, was also dismissed for a duck.

Only three of Delhi's batsmen reached double digits as they slumped to an embarrassing defeat.

Spinners Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma picked up three wickets each while Lasith Malinga had bowling figures of 2-5 from his two overs.

Mumbai now have 18 points from 11 games this season which sees them become the first side to qualify for the playoffs.

On the other hand, Delhi have an almost impossible task on their hands if they have to make it to the final four. They currently have eight points from 11 matches.

BRIEF SCORES

Mumbai Indians 212-3, 20 overs [Simmons 66, Pollard 63*, Anderson 1-29] beat Delhi Daredevils 66 all out [Nair 21, Karn 3-11, Harbhajan 3-22] by 146 runs.

Player of the Match - Lendl Simmons.

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Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to field first against Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Captain Zaheer Khan makes a return for the hosts with left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem missing out.

On the other hand, Mumbai have brought in Lendl Simmons and Harbhajan Singh in place of Jos Buttler and Krunal Pandya.

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Who will come out on top? [Sportzpics].

Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] will host Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] in Match 46 of the 2017 Indian Premier League [IPL] at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.

The Royal Challengers have had a season to forget, having won only two matches so far. The Knight Riders, on the other hand, are in the race for the top two spots but will have an eye on teams like Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils who might disrupt the current top four.

The last time the two sides met, RCB were bowled out for the lowest total in the history of the IPL [49] – something they are yet to recover from if their form is anything to go by.

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: May 7, 2017 (Sunday)

Time: 14:30 GST, 16:00 local time (IST), 10:30 GMT

Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru


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)

LIVE: Sport360.com


TEAM NEWS, SQUADS, PREDICTED XIs

RCB SQUAD: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Iqbal Abdullah, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, Vishnu Vinod, Harpreet Singh.

Nothing Virat Kohli and co. have tried this season has gone right. The poor form of Chris Gayle and Shane Watson has hampered the team badly and at least one of them could be dropped for this encounter.

This could possibly be the last time that some of the Royal Challengers players represent the franchise at the Chinnaswamy Stadium and they will be looking to make a useful contribution.

PREDICTED RCB XI: Mandeep, Gayle, Kohli (c), De Villiers, Jadhav (wk), Binny, Negi, Milne, Badree, Aravind, Chahal.

KKR SQUAD: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Andre Russell, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de Grandhomme.

Robin Uthappa missed the game against Rising Pune Supergiant due to injury. If he is fit, he will walk back into the playing XI, most likely in place of Sheldon Jackson.

Chris Lynn has expressed his intention to make a return from his shoulder injury before the start of the playoffs, but this match could be a little too early for him.

PREDICTED KKR XI: Narine, Gambhir (c), Uthappa (wk), Pandey, Yusuf, Suryakumar, de Grandhomme, Woakes, Coulter-Nile, Kuldeep, Umesh.


FORM

(Last five matches – with latest match first)

RCB: L L L L N

KKR: L L W W W


MATCH PREDICTION

Kolkata go into this game as huge favourites and are likely to win.

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