Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians have been amongst the best performing teams in recent editions of the IPL, but having rebuilt after the mega-auction, maintaining that level of performance will be a fresh challenge. At any rate, both will be determined to get off to a winning start in 2022. But who will come out on top? Read on for our full Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians preview and prediction:
Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians Preview and Prediction
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The Delhi Capitals were the team to beat in the round-robin stage of the tournament last season, winning 10 of their 14 games to finish top of the points table. But they were unable to maintain that form at the crucial stage in the playoffs. They lost first to Chennai Super Kings in the eliminator and were then unable to take advantage of their second opportunity to reach the final, losing to Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets in a low-scoring thriller.
Mumbai Indians, meanwhile, fell well short of their usual standards. They won the 2020 edition of the IPL, but were unable to back that up in 2021. They made a solid enough start to the tournament with two wins in their first three matches, but they were plagued by inconsistency thereafter. Crucially, they lost their first three matches in the UAE. That ultimately left them with too much to do to reach the playoffs as they finished behind KKR due to an inferior net run rate.
Delhi Capitals will have to wait for David Warner’s arrival. In his absence, expect Prithvi Shaw to open the batting with New Zealand’s Tim Seifert. U-19 star Yash Dhull may well play in Mitchell Marsh’s absence, with captain Rishabh Pant at number four, Sarfraz Khan at five and Rovman Powell at six. Shardul Thakur will bat at seven, with Axar Patel at eight. This match will come too soon for Anrich Nortje. Khaleel Ahmed may replace him, with Kuldeep Yadav and Chetan Sakariya rounding out the side.
Mumbai Indians have fewer issues with player availability. Ishan Kishan will open the batting with Rohit Sharma. Suryakumar Yadav, if passed fit, will bat at three with Tilak Varna at four. Kieron Pollard and Tim David offer considerable hitting power in the middle order, as well as being able to bowl useful overs. Fabian Allen will bat at seven, with England seamer Tymal Mills at eight. Jaydev Unadkat, M Ashwin and star man Jasprit Bumrah will complete the XI for Mumbai.
Delhi Capitals have a strong squad on paper, but the XI they can actually field in this game looks less impressive. There are still some very fine players, but Pant is perhaps not quite the T20 force his style of red-ball cricket would suggest he is and a bowling attack without either Nortje, Mustafizur or Ngidi looks short of threat. There are no such concerns with the Mumbai team. Expect them to get the better of Delhi Capitals here as a result.