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DC vs MI, IPL 2021: Can Capitals break the MI curse?

Match Details: Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians (DC vs MI, IPL 2021).

Date: April 20, Tuesday.

Venue: M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

It’s a repeat of 2020 final as the fourth-placed Mumbai Indians take on the Delhi Capitals at Chepauk with an intent to extend their 4-match win streak against the latter since the last edition. Not to forget, the 5-time IPL champions are on a roll with back-to-back wins against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, with both encounters witnessing Mumbai’s bowling prowess rise to the occasion.

Meanwhile, the Rishabh Pant-captained Delhi Capitals have had their fair share of successes so far, with two wins and a loss, and are currently occupying a spot above Mumbai Indians courtesy of their NRR which stands at +0.453, while it’s +0.367 for Rohit Sharma & Co.

It promises to be a cracker of a battle at Chepauk but the question remains, can Delhi Capitals finally put an end to their struggles to Mumbai Indians?

Head to Head in IPL

Mumbai Indians won all of their matches against Delhi Capitals in 2020, which include wins in both league duels, Qualifier-1, and the Final. Those wins gave the 5-time champions an edge in overall encounters, with 16 wins in 28 matchups, and the remaining 12 being won by Delhi Capitals.

Weather Forecast & Pitch Report

It hasn’t been an easy wicket to bat on at Chepauk. Batting first would be the ideal choice here as the chasing side has lost the last four matches. It was only in the last outing between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad which recorded 200+ being scored in the first inning, else, the scores recorded were around 150, and one could expect a similar scoreline in this matchup.

Player Matchups

Rishabh Pant vs Jasprit Bumrah

Runs: 34

Balls: 33

Dismissals: 5

Strike rate: 103.03

Suryakumar Yadav vs Kagiso Rabada

Runs: 27

Balls: 24

Dismissals: 2

Strike rate: 112.50

Delhi Capitals’ Team News & Probable XI

So far this season, it’s the bowling department that has troubled the Delhi Capitals, as twice they have conceded scores in excess of 180. Considering it’s almost the same bowling squad that was present in the last edition, and they have sufficient experience against Mumbai Indians, one could expect them to bounce back in the forthcoming duel.

X Factors

Rishabh Pant: A fearless striker that he is, Pant has already amassed around 300 runs against a side like Mumbai Indians, with 3 fifties, an average of 33.22 and at a rate of 148.76. His best, 27-ball 78*, came during the 2019 edition, which witnessed the Delhi cricketer register 7 fours and 7 sixes.

Though Rishabh has fired just on a solitary occasion this season, that involved a 32-ball 51 which came in a losing cause against Rajasthan Royals, he could pose a threat to Mumbai if he settles himself early on the crease.

Shikhar Dhawan: An experienced campaigner like Dhawan is always an asset to the team. He’s leading the batting charts for the Capitals, with match-winning knocks of 85 and 92 against CSK and PBKS respectively.

The fact that Dhawan has amassed 450+ runs in each of the editions since 2016, itself speaks volumes of the consistency he brings into the side, making him a must-select in what could be nerve-wracking duel in Chennai.

Probable XI

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (wk & c), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, R Ashwin, Chris Woakes, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Lukman Meriwala

Mumbai Indians’ Team News & Probable XI

The defending champions have had a few batting woes this season, nonetheless, being the champion side that they are, one can anticipate a powerful exhibition with the willow from Mumbai Indians.

As far as bowling is concerned, they couldn’t have asked for anything better with the likes of Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar scalping wickets at clutch moments in the last 3 matches.

X Factors

Rohit Sharma: The skipper has looked in a good nick in the last two matches, scoring 32 and 43 against SRH and KKR respectively.

Although Rohit is yet to dish a fifty-plus performance, from the way he has been timing the ball, one could expect him to come up with a grander total in this matchup. Add to that, he has relished the challenges against Delhi Capitals, with 818 runs in 28 matches, a strike rate of 133.00, and 5 half-centuries in his kitty.

Suryakumar Yadav: One of the frontrunners in MI’s batting lineup since 2018, his induction into the fantasy side is on account of his sheer consistency at which he churns out runs. A very bankable batsman, Suryakumar struck a 36-ball 56 against KKR in what was a low-scoring affair that MI won by 10 runs. Prior to that, he scored a decent 32 against RCB in the tournament opener.

As far as matchups are concerned against the Capitals, the right-hander has had his share of successes, with 295 runs and3 fifty-plus totals in the 15 matches he has faced to date.

Probable XI

Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne, Trent Boult

Captain & Vice-Captain Picks for DC vs MI

Captain Options: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma

Vice-captain Options: Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant

DC vs MI MPL Fantasy XI

Rishabh Pant, Quinton de Kock, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ishan Kishan (vc), Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Lalit Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Avesh Khan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult

V Shashank
A cricket aficionado who has been following the game since the historic Ashes 2013-14. "People throw stones at you, you turn them into milestones." - Sachin Tendulkar


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