The Delhi Capitals’ resurgence has seen them go toe-to-toe with some of the big boys in the league in recent years, and no one knows it better than the Mumbai Indians. Now, we have both the teams looking to kickstart their 2022 IPL season with a win over a close nemesis. Let’s take a look at DC vs MI Match Predictions.
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DC vs MI – Match Preview
The Delhi Capitals are set to lock horns with the mighty Mumbai Indians in an afternoon clash at the Brabourne Stadium for Match 2 of the 2022 IPL. Delhi were the pick of the bunch at the auction table with their clear and to-the-point bidding, while the Mumbai Indians, after three successful campaigns and a star-studded lineup, failed to retain some of that star quality as their middle order and spin department look bleak in terms of both depth and quality.
The Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai has traditionally been a good wicket for batting, with a tinge of assistance for both fast bowlers (early on) and spin bowlers through the middle overs. Boundaries are a bit on the shorter side, so expect a lot of boundaries and less twos and threes. On paper, Delhi definitely look the stronger of the two sides. On the other hand, if we take a look at their starts to each campaign, the Mumbai Indians have always been slow starters, losing their opening fixtures more often than not.
The DC have the better batting lineup and also a better bowling unit to tackle the conditions, and while both Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav have been in scintillating form, there are question marks over the likes of Ishan Kishan, Tilak Verma, Kieron Pollard and Tim David. This Mumbai Indians setup is a long way off from being the finished article, and I expect a champion side like Delhi to expose some of those shortcomings in their very first outing.
DC vs MI – Match Details
Match – Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians
Date – March 27, 2022
Venue – Cricket Club of India, Mumbai
Time – 3:30 pm (IST)
Where to watch – Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar
DC vs MI – Pitch Report
Similar to the surfaces at the Wankhede Stadium, the pitches here in the Brabourne Stadium will have enough assistance for the fast bowlers, while spinners who bowl a more disciplined line and length are expected to get away without getting a beating. Make no mistake, it is a batting pitch, but the bowl will move around and create uncertainty for the batsmen at least during the first 3-4 overs during the PowerPlay.
Average 1st innings score – 157 (8 matches)
Win% while chasing – 75%
DC vs MI – Probable Playing XIs
Prithvi Shaw, Tim Seifert, KS Bharat, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Ashwin Hebbar, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhoull, Anrich Nortje, Khaleel Ahmed, Lungisani Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman, Pravin Dubey, Vicky Ostwal
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Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Tilak Verma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Sanjay Yadav, Murugan Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills
Anmolpreet Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Buddhi, Aryan Juyal, Arjun Tendulkar, Daniel Sams, Hrithik Shokeen, Mohd. Arshad Khan, Ramandeep Singh, Fabian Allen, Basil Thampi, Riley Meredith, Mayank Markande
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DC vs MI : Head-to-Head
Matches Played – 29 | DC – 13 | MI – 16 l N/R – 0
In last 5 matches
DC – 2 | MI – 3
Batter to watch out for – Rishabh Pant
The 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batter has been in scintillating form over the last 18 months, but in the last 3-4 months in particular, he has been at his devastating best. The Capitals skipper is arguably enjoying the form of his life and dominating bowlers regardless of the conditions. He has registered two scores of 60+ runs and has scored 30+ runs in three more times in his last seven limited-over innings. Moreover, given the dynamics of the DC batting lineup, don’t be surprised to see a lot of interchanging of position between Mitchell Marsh and Rishabh Pant throughout the tournament.
Bowler to watch out for – Jasprit Bumrah
Arguably the best fast bowler in the world right now, the Mumbai Indians seamer will again be spearheading the MI charge this season. The 27-year-old has been in impeccable form leading up to the tournament, having taken 12 wickets in 3 Test matches in South Africa and 5 wickets in 3 ODIs, which he then followed with a 2-fer in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka before registering his best red-ball match figure in the following Test, with a figure of 8/47. Thus, all of Mumbai’s hopes will be pinned on the young fast bowler’s shoulders.
DC vs MI – Fantasy XI
Wicketkeepers – Rishabh Pant (c), Ishan Kishan
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah (vc), Shardul Thakur, Chetan Sakariya, Tymal Mills
Batters – Prithvi Shaw, Rovman Powell, Tilak Verma
All Rounders – Axar Patel, Dewald Brevis
DC vs MI today’s match prediction
Delhi definitely have the better squad, but with certain key personnel missing and only two overseas players available for selection, Mumbai Indians have the edge with their experienced campaigns. Expect a very close fight, and the team chasing preferably coming out on top.
Stats Source – espncricinfo