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By R Vishal
Apr 26, 2014
Two of the struggling teams of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 so far, Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will go head to head in what will be a battle between two teams that have not been in the paces in the early exchanges of the tournament. With winning momentum being the foremost component on which teams thrive on in IPL, this DD-MI clash may end up having a snowball effect for both teams.
Delhi Daredevils, in fits and spurts have given themselves a good account of themselves in the ongoing IPL put have not converted them into results. With skipper Kevin Pietersen sitting out because of a finger injury in the first three games, the top order did struggle. But with Pietersen having made a comeback, combined with a slight shuffle of their batting order, Delhi proved that they can chase a huge total in their last encounter against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), wherein they went down fighting. Despite narrowly losing out on in a mammoth run-chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi would have been buoyed by the collective effort of the middle order.
JP Duminy has been their star performer this season and the South African has covered up for many of Delhi glaring flaws in their squad with scintillating displays. While Delhi’s batting performed creditably, their bowling and fielding was shambolic against Hyderabad. This has been their downfall this season with the bowlers leaking far too many runs than they should.
Wayne Parnell has been on a downward spiral for a while despite having an excellent start to international cricket in 2009. The Protea left-arm pacer has been erratic with his line and length and was taken to the cleaners by Aaron Finch and co.For Delhi to go far in this year’s IPL, their bowling have to revise their strategies or risk being easy pickings in batting friendly wickets in the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
Mumbai Indians have got off to a terrible start, losing all of their games so far and look a pale reflection of the team that won the IPL 2013 and the Champions League T20 on a canter.
Mumbai haven’t been bad as the points table suggests but have been outplayed by teams in all three of their games. In the bowling department, their stalwarts Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh have all been impressive at various intervals but their major capture of this season, Corey Anderson has been struggling to live up to his pre-tournament billing and the hefty price tag that he came for. It would have hurt Mumbai more to see the discarded Glenn Maxwell lighting up the IPL so far for Kings XI Punjab.
The Mumbai unit look jaded and are in dire need of inspiration, perhaps from their younger bunch like the way a Yuzvendra Chahal has lifted the spirits of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In this tie, Delhi hold a slender advantage despite Mumbai being a much more powerful side on paper than most teams in the event.
Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen (c), M Vijay, Dinesh Karthik (wk), JP Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Quinton de Kock, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ross Taylor, Milind Kumar, Wayne Parnell, HS Sharath, Jayant Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, James Neesham, Kedar Jadhav, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Shukla, Siddharth Kaul.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Aaditya Tare (wk), Michael Hussey, Sushant Marathe, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Ben Dunk, Josh Hazlewood, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Shreyas Gopal, Jalaj Saxena, CM Gautam (wk), Krishmar Santokie, Marchant de Lange, Jasprit Bumrah, Apoorv Wankhede, Pawan Suyal.
(R Vishal is a journalist and an alumni of the Asian School of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell)
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