Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 26 April 2012 - 10:40pm IST
Preview: Match 36 – DD v MI
Mumbai Indians take on table-toppers Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla
The clash between the Delhi Daredevils and the Mumbai Indians is among the most anticipated contests in the Indian Premier League. These two teams will face off for the second time this season in Match 36 of DLF IPL 2012.
While the Delhi Daredevils are coming off a resounding victory over the Pune Warriors India, the Mumbai Indians edged past Kings XI Punjab in a close match recently. Both teams have played seven matches, and while the Delhi Daredevils sit pretty at the top of the table, the Mumbai Indians are locked in a closely-contested mid-table race.
Friday, April 27, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
It is heartening to see Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag lead from the front. Despite being blessed with immense talent, he has often left his fans frustrated with poor shot selection. However, this season he seems to be playing the thinking game more often, and that reflects in his numbers – 236 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 151.28.
Keep a watch on Kevin Pietersen too; the England batsman is expected to fly back home in a couple of weeks, and he will want to leave his mark on the tournament before his departure.
In order to make an impact, the Mumbai Indians need Sachin Tendulkar to drop anchor and play through the innings with the other batsmen batting around him. The big-hitting Kieron Pollard hasn’t done anything noteworthy – apart from the match-winning 64 against the Rajasthan Royals – and he will need to justify his place in the team, especially given that the likes of Herschelle Gibbs, Richard Levi and Mitchell Johnson are warming the benches.
The Mumbai Indians will be aware that they not only have a 5-4 win-loss record against the Delhi Daredevils, but have also beaten them twice in three contests at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Virender Sehwag’s boys got the better of the Mumbai Indians when these two teams met at the Wankhede Stadium earlier this season. The hosts were bowled out for a paltry 92 on that occasion, and Sehwag and co. chased it down convincingly with 31 balls to spare.
Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh has picked up just the one wicket so far in IPL 2012.
The Delhi Daredevils and the Mumbai Indians are among the best bowling sides in IPL 2012. Both teams have taken 48 wickets in seven matches this year. While the Delhi Daredevils’ runs-per-wicket is 19.81, the corresponding number for the Mumbai Indians is 20.29.
The Delhi Daredevils will play their second home game in less than 48 hours when they take on the Rajasthan Royals on April 29. The Mumbai Indians will be seen in action later the same evening when they square off against the Deccan Chargers at the Wankhede Stadium.