Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of IPL 2021 Match 46 between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals from Sharjah.
STARS OF THE FIXTURE
|Rank||Best Batsmen||Team||Runs Scored|
|1.||Rohit Sharma||MI (2011-Present)||677|
|2.||Virender Sehwag||DC (2008-2013)||375|
|3.||Ambati Rayudu||MI (2010-2017)||356|
|Rank||Best Bowlers||Team||Wickets Taken|
|1.||Lasith Malinga||MI (2008-2017, 2019-20)||22|
|2.||Harbhajan Singh||MI (2008-2017)||21|
|3.||Amit Mishra||DC (2008-2010, 2015-present)||19|
Here’s a look at the predicted 11 for the match:
Mumbai Indians Probable 11: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Delhi Capitals Probable 11: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene said if Hardik Pandya bowls in the IPL, it may hurt his chances as a batter.
Hardik, picked as an all-rounder for the T20 World Cup with India’s chief selector Chetan Sharma stressing he will “bowl in every match”, missed the first two games of the second leg and hasn’t bowled in any of the matches he has played so far.
“Whether he can bowl in the IPL or not is something that we will have to look at on a daily basis and evaluate and then see how he progresses. I understand all concerns, but we need to do what’s best for Hardik and him going forward. He will be an asset as a bowler as well,” Jayawardene said on Friday, ahead of MI’s tie against on-song Delhi Capitals.
“But at the moment if we push too hard, it might be an issue where he might even struggle and not be an asset as a batter. So that’s something that we will have to take into account with all concerned parties and take it a day at a time.”
Jayawardene admitted Hardik, who has been struggling with a back injury since 2018, had an additional niggle in the lead-up to the IPL, without giving out the details.
“Because he hasn’t bowled since Sri Lanka for a longer period of time and he had another niggle and managed getting through that proces,” Jayawardene said.
“I understand the World Cup (is to follow) as well. We are talking to the Indian team management and making sure that as soon as he feels comfortable, we get him to the bowling programme and prepare him.”
Wobbly middle order
Despite Hardik and Kieron Pollard coming good with the willow against Punjab Kings earlier in the week, an in-form Capitals bowling unit will be keen to expose MI’s wobbly middle order.
Having put one foot in the Playoffs, Rishabh Pant and Co. will hope to continue the mini-battle against Chennai Super Kings for the top spot in the table.
Where to watch today’s match?
The IPL 2021 match between MI and DC will be aired live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD at 3:30pm. The online streaming will be available on Hotstar.
IPL 2021 Full Squads
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun CV, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi
KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Adil Rashid, Mohammed Shami, Harpreet Brar, Aiden Markram, Nathan Ellis, Ishan Porel, Chris Jordan, Jalaj Saxena, Moises Henriques, Prabhsimran Singh, Mandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh