Venue – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The 3-time champions Mumbai Indians will host the Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium for the second match of the double header on Sunday. MI will look to come back strong after a forgettable last season and will look forward to triumph in 2019 after claiming the title in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Whereas Delhi Capitals will hope that their young skipper, and their name change brings in some much needed luck.
Wankhede pitch is synonymous with high scoring matches and any score is hard to defend. Teams will be looking to chase down targets in this venue and the average 1st innings score is around 171 in IPL 2018. Pace bowlers are likely to get more wicket taking opportunities than the spinners in this wicket.
Must have picks
The Mumbai Indians skipper has announced that he will go back to his favorite batting position in this season. His record for MI as well as for India while opening the batting has been nothing short of extraordinary and this decision can prove to be vital for MI in this season.
Quinton de Kock
After a disappointing season with RCB, MI has managed to get hold of his services for this season. He is coming back from a terrific ODI series against Sri Lanka where he was the leading run-scorer with 353 runs from 5 matches. Wankhede Stadium might be the most ideal Indian wicket for him and he has so far scored 116 runs in 3 matches here at a sensational Strike Rate of 173
The 24-year old Indian player will make an appearance in his homeground as an away captain. He has had a phenomenal Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he was the second leading run-scorer with 484 runs in 10 matches where he hammered 36 sixes. Iyer’s 55 ball 147 is one of the most memorable knocks in the tournament history.
Value for money picks
Mayank Markande has been a revelation for MI in the previous edition which eventually helped him earn his India cap recently. His wicket taking abilities were evident in all 3 formats of the game and has performed well in India A tours too.
Ben Cutting, the T20 specialist has been making waves in all the T20 leagues around the world. His batting skills have gone from strength to strength and recently in Big Bash League when he was asked to open the batting by Brisbane Heat team, he grabbed the opportunity with both hands and ended up scoring 81 (not out) in 37 balls.
Suggested Playing XI
- Quinton de Kock (C,WK)
- Shreyas Iyer (VC)
- Rohit Sharma
- Prithvi Shaw
- Krunal Pandya
- Hardik Pandya
- Ben Cutting
- Trent Boult
- Mayank Markande
- Kagiso Rabada
- Jasprit Bumrah
Quinton de Kock was preferred over Rishab Pant for this match. Pant has scored just 107 runs in 5 matches at Wankhede and has modest record against MI too.
Yuvraj Singh has publicly said in the past that he wanted to play for MI and it is finally the time to witness it. But is this decision happening at the right time or is it a little too late? Having scored only one 50+ score in the last one year in any format of the game, his form says that it is too late.
Although he shifted his base from SRH to DC, his hometown, he might need a bit of time to settle down. Also, his pricing in terms of credits is too high and there are other players you would want to bet on more than him for this match! However, he is a must have in some of your grand league teams.
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