Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 20 April 2013 - 06:58pm IST
Preview : Match 28 – DD vs MI
Can desperate DD do it? Law of averages?
The Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians, who suffered humiliating defeats in their respective previous matches, square off in Match 28 of Pepsi IPL 2013. There’s no logic to explain the poor performance of the two star-studded teams. Both teams are blessed with match-winners, experience and youth but have yet found it difficult at times.
For the Delhi Daredevils, who have their backs to the wall, it is a case of now or never. They have lost the first six of their games and now face the situation of being reduced to party-spoilers if they do not get their first points on the board here and now.
The Mumbai Indians have won three of their five matches, but suffered their biggest defeat in the IPL, against the Rajasthan Royals. It remains to be seen if Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, John Wright (Coach) and Anil Kumble (Mentor) can help the lads brush off that defeat and lift themselves for this match.
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 4 p.m
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
In 15 innings between them, Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Mahela Jayawardene have only scored three half-centuries and the lack of runs from them has hurt the Delhi Daredevils chances badly. You don’t write off players of that class and experience; it is only a matter of time before they come to the party.
Mumbai Indians too will be disappointed after the poor showing by their batsmen in the previous match. Though Tendulkar and Ponting have struggled for most part of the tournament, the middle order comprising Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard have bailed the team out on several occasions. Karthik especially seems to be relishing the opportunity to bat at number three – therefore he is the man to watch out for in the MI line-up.
It is two matches apiece in the head-to-head contests between the Delhi Daredevils and the Mumbai Indians in matches played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. However, the Mumbai Indians have a slight edge overall having won six of the 11 matches they’ve played against the Daredevils.
Lasith Malinga, who is on level with Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Amit Mishra with 85 wickets, has the chance to top the list of wicket-takers in the IPL.
The average score in the Power Play overs in the three matches played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium this season is 37/1.
Delhi Daredevils will play their third consecutive home game when they take on Kings XI Punjab on April 23. The Mumbai Indians meanwhile head eastwards to Kolkata to take on the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders on April 24.