IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils aim to get act together after defeat in their first two matches

Hosts Mumbai lost to CSK and SRH by identical one-wicket margins, while the Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi Daredevils finished second best to Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in their first two outings.

IANS, April 14, 2018

Mumbai: Holders Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Daredevils (DD), both winless so far, will be eager to crack a win and register their first points when they clash in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

Hosts Mumbai lost to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by identical one-wicket margins, while the Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi finished second best to Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in their first two outings.

Mumbai Indians players after losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018. Sportzpics

Mumbai Indians players after losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018. Sportzpics

Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma has so far failed to lead from the front while the likes of West Indians Elvin Lewis, Kieron Pollard have also not fired.

Another worry for Mumbai, who have not batted well in the first two matches, is the injury to India all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

In his absence, elder brother Krunal Pandya could be pushed up the order as Hardik did not play in the game against the Sunrisers.

Suryakumar is the only batsman to be among runs and his role will be a key element for the team, especially if they lose early wickets. In both the games, MI lacked big partnerships.

Among the bowlers, leg-spinner Mayank Markande has initially taken the IPL by storm and has been brilliant in the two games.

His seven wickets, including the four scalps that he captured in a low-scoring tie against the Sunrisers, have earned him the Purple Cap.

Markande, however, has lacked adequate support from the other bowlers - pacers Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah, Pradeep Sangwan and Krunal.

Mustafizur and Bumrah are some of the best death bowlers in the world, but they have gone for runs and would be keen to do better on Saturday.

Coming to the visitors, Delhi, Gambhir and Co have also fired blanks. The is a lot of hope on local boy Shreyas Iyer, apart from captain Gambhir, Rishabh Pant, Australian Glenn Maxwell, Englishman Jason Roy and Kiwi Colin Munro, but the fireworks have been missing.

The Delhi bowlers have also been below par and need to get their act together to register a win.

The role of spinners, especially leggie Amit Mishra, will be crucial.

Teams:

MI: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan.

DD: Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir (C), Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett.

Updated Date: Apr 14, 2018





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