The Delhi Capitals will be locking horns with the Mumbai Indians in the second match of IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on March 27. Both teams will be heading into this contest after having rebuilt their respective squads at the two-day mega auction and would be looking forward to starting on a winning note.
The two sides will be missing a few key players for this clash. MI will be missing the services of middle-order specialist Suryakumar Yadav as he is still in rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) due to a hairline thumb fracture that he had suffered last month..
DC, on the other hand, find themselves in some spot of bother as far as their overseas recruits are concerned. South African pacer Anrich Nortje is, reportedly, dealing with hip and back issues and could be warming the bench for a while. Bangladesh speedster Mustafizur Rahman and his Proteas counterpart Lungi Ngidi who had played the recently-concluded ODI series could miss out on the team’s opening game. Dynamic opener David Warner will only be taking the field after April 5 due to Cricket Australia (CA)’s central contract rules.
Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians, Match 2, IPL 2022
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: March 27, 3:30 pm
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for Television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming.
The Brabourne wicket is expected to provide some assistance to the bowlers upfront. The pacers could get some swing initially while the spinners will need to focus on their lines and lengths in order to get some purchase from the pitch. A high-scoring encounter is pretty much on the cards.
Ideally, the team winning the toss would look to put runs on the board since it is an afternoon game. However, they can also lose wickets in the quest of scoring at a brisk rate. Batting in the second innings could be easy provided the chasing teams have wickets in hand. Therefore, the captain calling it right at the toss will bowl first.
Probable Playing XIs for Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians
Prithvi Shaw, Tim Seifert, KS Bharat, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan/Mandeep Singh, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav/Lalit Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Chetan Sakariya
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Anmolpreet Singh, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Sanjay Yadav, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the Match: Rishabh Pant
Expect Rishabh Pant to come out all guns blazing in DC’s very first match of IPL 2022. The onus would be on the captain himself to take care of the middle-order and finish the game for his side. The southpaw has the potential to play match-defining knocks in the middle and death overs and the Mumbai bowlers would be looking to get rid of him at the earliest. Pant who had finished with 419 runs in the last season would be eager to get off to a confident start.
Probable best bowler of the Match: Jasprit Bumrah
The Delhi batters must be prepared for Jasprit Bumrah’s toe-crushing yorkers not just with the new ball in hand but also at the death. He can easily run through any batting line-up and therefore, the batters must try to see off his overs on a cautious note. The pace spearhead has a vast experience of playing in Mumbai pitches and it could be very handy in this clash. Bumrah who had finished as the third-highest wicket-taker in the last season with 21 wickets would be eyeing a positive start in MI’s tournament opener against DC.
Today’s Match Prediction: Mumbai Indians to win the match.