MI vs DC Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders locked horns with Punjab Kings yesterday in a must win game for the latter. KKR posted 165-7 riding on a brilliant half-century by Venkatesh Iyer (67 off 49). Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Shami bowled accurately at the death to contain them. In reply, KL Rahul anchored the innings (67 off 55) and a late cameo by Shahrukh Khan saw them over the line.
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals now lock horns in an important clash in the first game of the doubleheader. Mumbai need to win this game otherwise they will be at other’ mercy to qualify. The Capitals won the reverse fixture by 6 wickets held at Chennai.
Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals
Match 46, Indian Premier League
2 October 2021, 03:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
MI vs DC Head to Head: Mumbai Indians have 16 wins compared to Delhi Capitals’ 13 victories.
DC – 40%
MI – 60%
MI should come out all guns blazing in this game as they battle for the 4th spot. Their middle order is finally clicking. DC are one win away from a possible top 2 finish. However, their batting is struggling at the moment. We are backing MI to win this game and the betting sites also favour them.
Bet365: MI: 1.72; DC: 2.10
Shikhar Dhawan has not looked out of form, despite not getting big scores lately. He is yet to score big in the UAE leg and today could be his day. The southpaw has 454 runs in 11 innings at an average of 45.
Quinton de Kock is equally aggressive against pace and spin. He can come good in this game. QDK has 278 runs in 10 innings at an average of 31.
We are tipping Rahul Chahar to do well in this game. The leggie can succeed against a struggling Capitals’ middle order. He has 13 wickets in 11 games at an economy of 7.4.
MI Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
DC Playing XI
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Its a slow and turning track in Sharjah. Last year 200 was a par score on this wicket but this year 160 seems to be a winning total. The captain winning the toss might opt to field first as chasing has been easier in the past few games.
If MI bats first: 150-160
If DC bats first: 140-150
Today is going to be a tough day ahead for the two teams. Although there will be clouds in the sky throughout the day, there will be enough heat from the sun to ensure that the maximum temperature during mid-day will be 38 degrees Celsius. During the match hours, it will be around 35 degrees. With hardly any wind and increased humidity as compared to previous days, it will feel like 44-45 degrees Celsius.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Q de Kock, R Pant
BATSMEN: R Sharma, S Dhawan, S Smith, S Yadav
ALL-ROUNDERS: A Patel, K Pandya
BOWLERS: A Khan, R Chahar, A Nortje
Captain choices: Q de Kock/ R Chahar
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