Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians have been among the top performing teams in recent IPL editions but following the mega auction rebuild, maintaining that level of performance will be a new challenge. In any case, both want to start victorious in 2022. But who will prevail? Read on for our full preview and prediction between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians:
Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians preview and prediction
IPL campaign 2021
The Delhi Capitals were the team to beat in the round-robin stage of the tournament last season, winning 10 of their 14 games to top the points table. But they couldn’t keep that form in the crucial period of the playoffs. They first lost to Chennai Super Kings in the eliminator and then failed to take their second chance to reach the final by losing to Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets in a low-scoring thriller.
The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, fell far short of their usual standards. They won the 2020 edition of the IPL but couldn’t confirm it in 2021. They started the tournament solid enough with two wins in their first three games, but were plagued by inconsistencies after that. Crucially, they lost their first three games in the UAE. That ultimately left them with too much to do to make the playoffs as they ended up behind KKR on a worse net run rate.
Delhi Capitals must await the arrival of David Warner. In his absence, expect Prithvi Shaw to open the batting with New Zealand’s Tim Seifert. U-19 star Yash Dhull could well play in the absence of Mitchell Marsh, with captain Rishabh Pant fourth, Sarfraz Khan fifth and Rovman Powell sixth. Shardul Thakur will strike at seven, Axar Patel at eight. This match comes too early for Anrich Nortje. Khaleel Ahmed could replace him, with Kuldeep Yadav and Chetan Sakariya rounding out the squad.
Mumbai Indians have fewer problems with player availability. Ishan Kishan will open the batting with Rohit Sharma. Suryakumar Yadav, if fit, will beat by three, Tilak Varna by four. Kieron Pollard and Tim David offer considerable mid-order punching power and can throw useful overs. Fabian Allen will strike at seven, English sailor Tymal Mills at eight. Jaydev Unadkat, M Ashwin and star Jasprit Bumrah will complete the XI for Mumbai.
The Delhi Capitals have a strong squad on paper but the XI they can actually field in this game looks less impressive. There are still some very good players, but Pant may not be quite the T20 force his style of red ball cricket suggests and a bowling attack without Nortje, Mustafizur or Ngidi looks close. The Mumbai team has no such concerns. Expect them to defeat Delhi Capitals here as a result.