Match 45 IPL 2017 (2017-05-06) @ Delhi (FSK)
Mumbai have won 4 of the last 7 matches between these 2 sides. Earlier in the season at Mumbai the home side defeated Delhi. Delhi started the match well restricting Mumbai to 142 from their 20 overs. The Delhi reply was terrible with no one in the top 6 getting into double figures. They only managed 128 in their 20 overs.
Delhi have had a strong bowling attack all season. Their problem has been that their top order batting has suffered from several collapses. Last weekend Delhi were bowled out for 67 by Punjab. They have performed much better since returning to Delhi. On Tuesday they chased down 185 set by Hyderabad thanks to contributions from all of their top order. On Thursday brilliant knocks from Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant saw them chase down the 208 set by The Lions with 15 balls to spare.
After a loss in their first match Mumbai had a 6 match winning streak which put them to the top of the table. They did so thanks to having a well-balanced side with all the batsmen making contributions. They have found ways to win close matches throughout the season.
In their last 3 matches they have played poorly. They lost to Pune last week and then failed to chase 153 set by The Lions last weekend. They got the points only through a Super-Over. In their last match they restricted RCB to 162 and only got there with one ball to spare.
The Delhi pitch has massively favored the chasing team in recent IPLs. In IPL matches since 2014 the chasing team has won 15 times in 21 attempts.
At the time of writing Dehli are 2.08 to carry on their winning streak at home. Mumbai are favorites at 1.93. I have backed Dehli to win. Their batsmen should finally be confident to score big runs and they have some classy international bowlers. Mumbai look to be past their peak and on the decline for the season.
The Delhi batting line-up must be full of confidence after chasing down 2 large totals at home in the last week. Sanju Samson and Karun Nair open the batting. Samson is 5th top run scorer in the IPL and the top Delhi run scorer. He has 374 runs with a strike rate of 144. Nair has just 140 runs but has looked much better in the last 2 matches.
Rishabh Pant bats at 3. He scored a brilliant 97 off 43 balls on Thursday. He now has 281 runs for the season with a strike rate of 175. Shreyas Iyer bats at 4. He has 205 runs with a strike rate of 140.
Corey Anderson started the season poorly. He now has 120 runs from 7 innings. In the last 2 matches he has seen the side home being not out at the end. He scored 41 from 24 balls against SRH and 18 from 12 balls against The Lions.
Samuels was selected against The Lions as Chris Morris did not play. Samuels did not get to bat. Chris Morris has 154 runs with a strike rate of 164. He should return if fit to bat at 6.
Chris Morris is Delhi's top wicket taker with 12. He has an economy rate of 7.7 an over. Pat Cummings has 11 wickets and has gone at 7.4 an over. Kagiso Rabada is the third overseas fast bowler that has played. He has 5 wickets from 5 matches with an economy rate of 9 an over. He was unlucky against The Lions with 2 catches dropped in one over.
Zaheer Khan has been injured. He took 7 wickets from 7 matches with an economy rate of 8.2 an over. Mohammed Shami has bowled poorly in his 5 matches with an economy rate of over 10 an over. Corey Anderson has also chipped in with some seam bowling but he has also gone at over 10 an over.
Amit Mishra is the lead spinner for Delhi. He has 8 wickets and has gone at 8.2 an over. Shahbaz Nadeem has 4 wickets from 5 matches. He has gone at 6.9 an over. Both spinners were terrible against the Lions. They were only given 2 overs each and went for 51 runs.
Mumbai's batting is packed with match winners but no one in the team is in the top 10 run scorers this season. They have often made life difficult for themselves and left winning matches to the late middle order.
Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel open the batting. Patel has 239 runs with a strike rate of 136. Buttler has 272 runs with a strike rate of 154. One of them has got out early in a number of matches putting pressure on the middle order.
Nitish Rana bats at 3. He has 312 runs with a strike rate of 129. He started the season well but has slowed down as the season has progressed. Against RCB he scored 27 from 28 balls that helped steady the innings after Patel went for a duck.
Rohit Sharma started the season poorly but is now coming into form. He scored 59 from 37 balls against The Lions to steer his side to victory. He now has 173 runs with a strike rate of 118.
The Mumbai middle order is Pollard and the Pandya brothers. Early in the season they frequently got their team home. Pollard has 231 runs with a strike rate of 130. Krunal Pandya has 136 runs with a strike rate of 137. His brother Hardik has 151 runs with a better strike rate of 172.
Mitchell McClenaghan is Mumbai's top wicket taker with 15. He has been expensive going at 9 an over. Jasprit Bumrah has 12 wickets with an economy rate of 8 an over. He has been good at the death and bowled an exceptional Super-Over to get the points against The Lions.
The third seamer slot is between Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson. Malinga has been expensive going at 10 an over compared to Johnson's 7.1. The management seem to prefer Malinga. He has 6 wickets from 6 matches. Johnson has only played 2 matches and has 1 wicket.
Harbhajan Singh is Mumbai's most economical spinner. He did not play in their last match. He has 5 wickets and an economy rate of 5.9 an over. Krunal Pandya has 10 wickets with an economy rate of 6.7. Karn Sharma has 3 wickets from 2 matches but is more expensive going at 8.9 an over.
Hardik Pandya is also called on sometimes to ball seam. He rarely bowls a full 4 overs. He has 4 wickets with an economy rate of 8.
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