Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 08 April 2013 - 08:04pm IST
Preview : Match 10 – MI vs DD
MI eager to consolidate; DD seek for first points
After beginning with two away fixtures, the Mumbai Indians will play their first home game of the season when they square off against the Delhi Daredevils.
After a gutting 2-run defeat in the opening game, the Mumbai Indians rallied back to defeat the Chennai Super Kings in their own backyard. The Delhi Daredevils meanwhile have lost two matches on the trot and will be keen to get their first points on the board.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 8 p.m
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The dream pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting hasn’t set the stage on fire just yet. However, given the weight of 61,756 international runs, it won’t be too long before they stamp their authority on the tournament. Kieron Pollard gave glimpses of the destruction he is capable of causing during his unbeaten 57 against the Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai Indians fans will wish the Trinidadian will get enough overs to bat on a consistent basis, and hope he can reproduce the big-hitting regularly.
On the bowling front, Mumbai Indians are likely to be boosted by the arrival of the IPL’s leading wicket-taker Lasith Malinga, who had missed the initial two matches owing to a back injury.
Delhi Daredevils will be boosted by the arrival of last season’s Purple Cap winner Morne Morkel. The 28-year old South African, who has been in good form recently, will be looking for a repeat of his last season’s performance when he picked up 25 wickets and topped the wickets charts.
The Daredevils are a far better batting side than their performances in the first two matches suggest; David Warner, Virender Sehwag (who is more than likely to be available for this match), Mahela Jayawardene, Naman Ojha, Irfan Pathan and Andre Russell make for a very solid batting line-up. Warner played an uncharacteristic innings against the Rajasthan Royals and it will be important that the Australian plays his natural game – of the attacking variety – which will give the team greater chances of winning.
It is five apiece where previous encounters between the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils are concerned. While playing in Mumbai though, the Mumbai Indians have a 3-1 win-loss record over the Delhi Daredevils.
Five of the eight IPL matches played at the Wankhede Stadium last season were won by teams chasing.
Kieron Pollard has scored 67.3% of his 701 IPL runs in boundaries; his boundary percentage is second only to Chris Gayle’s 75.7%.
While the Delhi Daredevils will head back to host the Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 12, the Mumbai Indians will stay put at home to host neighbours Pune Warriors India on April 13.