The Capitals are yet to play their first match at the Chepauk in the onbgoing tournament.
Mumbai Indians (MI), after their loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), have garnered two wins on the trot and are placed third in the points table of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL). Having beaten the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 13 runs, Rohit Sharma and Co would be brimming with confidence.
Their next game is against the Delhi Capitals (DC) on Tuesday, April 20, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Going into the match, MI can be said to have the upper hand since they have already played three games at the Chepauk.
DC, on the other hand, haven’t played a match in Chennai as all their matches have been at the Wankhede Stadium. However, Rishabh Pant’s men won’t be short in morale as they are coming off a six-wicket victory over Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Sunday, April 18 at the iconic venue in Mumbai.
Match – Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians – 13th match
Venue – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch at the Chepauk has been helpful for slow-bowling and hence, the spinners are likely to make an impact. The track might play a tad better after RCB scored over 200 on Sunday.
Batting first remains to be the way forward. The playing conditions would mostly be clear with the temperature around 32 degrees Celsius. The humidity would mostly be in the 60s.
Avg first innings score: 170 (5 matches in IPL 2021 at the Chepauk)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 4, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (C & WK), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, Lukman Meriwala/Amit Mishra, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan
Bench: Shimron Hetmyer, Shams Mulani, Axar Patel, Tom Curran, Anrich Nortje, Aniruddha Joshi, Vishnu Vinod, Sam Billings, Ripal Patel, Amit Mishra/Lukman Meriwala, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Dubey, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Bench: Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, James Neesham, Arjun Tendulkar, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Aditya Tare, Jayant Yadav, Yudhvir Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Chris Lynn, Marco Jansen
Played – 28 | Delhi Capitals – 12 | Mumbai Indians– 16 |N/R – 0
At neutral venues
Played – 10 | Delhi Capitals – 3 | Mumbai Indians– 7 |N/R – 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Rohit Sharma – Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma has gotten plenty of starts thus far, but he hasn’t been able to convert them. But the Nagpur-born has decent numbers against the Capitals.
In 28 matches, the right-hander has scored 818 runs at an average and strike rate of 32.72 and 133.01 respectively. He also has five fifties to show for his efforts to go with a top score of an unbeaten 74.
Probable best bowler of the match
Rahul Chahar – Mumbai Indians
Rahul Chahar is currently the leading wicket-taker for MI in the T20 event with seven scalps from three games. He has turned out to be a tough nut to crack at the Chepauk.
He had a poor outing against RCB, but he made a stupendous comeback against KKR and SRH, picking up four and three wickets respectively. The 21-year-old is again expected to pose a threat to the opposition.
Today’s match prediction: Mumbai to win the match.
Delhi win the toss and bat
Powerplay score – 45-50
First innings score – 140-160
Mumbai win the match
Mumbai win the toss and bat
Powerplay score – 50-55
First innings score – 150-170
Mumbai to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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