Delhi Capitals take on Mumbai Indians in their first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 in Mumbai on Sunday.
Delhi thumped Mumbai in both their encounters in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League. Mumbai will be seeking revenge when it walks out on to the pitch on Sunday.
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Rohit Sharma’s performance will also be keenly observed as he is expected to open in the World Cup. Besides, the three-time IPL winners have added legendary Yuvraj Singh to their squad, which already has a few big-hitters in Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Suryakumar Yadav to name a few.
The thing to look forward to the most in the Mumbai Indians batting line up would be how Yuvraj Singh, the team’s new recruit, shores up the middle overs.
Rohit’s return to the top, though, would mean an end to the explosive opening partnership of Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav, who is now set to bat in the middle order.
MI have lost three pacers – veteran Lasith Malinga is staying back in Sri Lanka to qualify for the World Cup, Kiwi Adam Milne is injured for the initial part of their campaign while Aussie Jason Behrendorff will only be able to join the squad by April 1, after the completion of the limited-overs series against Pakistan.
Mumbai’s biggest ace in the pack is, of course, Jasprit Bumrah, currently arguably the best fast bowler in world cricket across all formats. Also interesting to watch would be the form of Hardik Pandya.
When it comes to the Delhi Capitals, young players like Shreyas Iyer and stumper Rishabh Pant will bolster their World Cup chances. Capitals also boasts of Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Karla and experienced campaigners like Colin Munro and Chris Morris, who can give stability to the team.
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The new owners of the Delhi team and the fresh pairing of Ricky Ponting (coach) and Sourav Ganguly (advisor) will also be eyeing an auspicious start.
For the Delhi Capitals, South African allrounder Chris Morris, currently involved in the T20I series against Sri Lanka at home, will miss the first game.
It will be the first match after returning to the franchise for Shikhar Dhawan and along with Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma, he will have a lot to prove ahead of this year’s World Cup.
Mumbai Indians : Rohit Sharma (captain), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Jason Behrendorff and Jasprit Bumrah.
Delhi Capitals : Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia/Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma/Avesh Khan, Trent Boult