IPL 2019 Match Preview: M3 – MI VS DC

IPL 2019 Match Preview: M3 – MI VS DC: MI are in pursuit of their fourth IPL title, while the team management and fans of Delhi will want to believe that a new name (Delhi Daredevils have been rechristened as Delhi Capitals) will bring them new luck and pave way for their maiden IPL title.

Mumbai Indians

Since the time Rohit Sharma has taken over Mumbai Indians’ captaincy, the franchise has bagged the Indian Premier League title every alternate year – making them the most successful team alongside Chennai Super Kings.

So if you hear your acquaintance claim MI will deliver another title this year, based on the symmetry that has panned out in the last six years, you can’t really fault them. And while it seems the logic is being driven a lot by emotions of the MI loyalists, the fact remains Rohit and his batch of 2019 will start favourites once again when they commence their campaign against Delhi Capitals on March 24.

It’s hard to see MI not making the play-offs this time around as well but a lot depends on Rohit himself. His form will be crucial, if MI are to challenge the well-rounded sides, the other franchises have assembled this time. MI know how to leave last year’s setbacks behind. They have mastered the art of not carrying any baggages. And that one aspect alone makes them a lot mightier than at least a few sides in the tournament.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah

Delhi Capitals

There’s an imaginary ticker clicking away as Delhi Capitals look over their shoulders. Rechristened only recently as part of a partial change in ownership, the Delhi franchise has existed as long as the league has, but possess nothing to show for it in their trophy cabinet.

As many as six franchises have tasted success – some even on multiple occasions – but Delhi remain one of only three franchises to not get their hands around the IPL trophy.

You can’t mistake even their staunchest supporters to bring along a hint of skepticism going into the season, but the flame, perhaps, still flickers on for Dehli. A new team name will always be likened to a new identity – even if you’re only taking off a single letter like the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant – but it also presents an opportunity to start afresh and successfully turn a corner.

Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia/Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma/Avesh Khan, Trent Boult

Head to Head in IPL

Matches – 22, MI Won – 11, DC Won – 11

In VIVO IPL 2018, the Delhi Capitals (Delhi Daredevils then) prevailed in both the league stage fixtures. In the first match-up in Mumbai, Jason Roy’s unbeaten 91 (from 53 balls) earned the Capitals their first win of the season. After JaspritBumrah had bowled a fantastic 19th over, DC needed 11 from the last over. Roy – who survived a caught behind appeal off the penultimate ball of the last over – saw his team home off the last ball of the match.

In the return fixture in Delhi, the hosts posted 174-4 and then bowled out the visitors for 163 to win by 11 runs.

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