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Delhi Capitals is a team which is awkwardly out of place on their home surface. The trio of Ricky Ponting, Saurav Ganguly and David Warner are not able to iron out their issues. Warner is stuck at a little over a run-a-ball, making three half centuries in four games. The next big strike came from the Number 7 batter in the form of Axar Patel. However, five wickets in ten balls at the end, did them in. Mumbai Indians came out to the field with a much positive intent. The powerplay was huge as was their intent to grab the easy two points. Delhi Capitals Vs Mumbai Indians IPL Match went down to the last ball with MI scraping though to a 6-wicket win.

Delhi Capitals Innings Summary –

DC started their innings tentatively with both openers looking to preserve their wicket. Prithvi Shaw stepped out a few times and dispatched the bowl to the boundary. But he became the first wicket to fall. Rohit Sharma played to his ego by introducing off spinner Hrithik Shoukeen who bowled from round the stumps. Green took a high catch to send back the Delhi opener for 15 runs.

DC Middle Order Collapse

Delhi got a move-on through a Shoukeen over that fetched 16 runs – including 5 runs from wides. But dependable veteran Piyush Chawla forced Pandey into a false shot and got caught at long off. Rohit Sharma brought back pacer Rilee Meredith in the 10th over and was instantly rewarded with debutant Yash Dhull’s wicket.

Piyush Chawla’s famous wrong ‘uns were then back in the game. First, he tricked Rovman Powell into committing forward with one that turned in. He trapped him LBW. He then breached Lalit Yadav’s huge bat-pad gap as the batter failed to pick the variation. Beautiful bowling from the senior bowler who was sitting in the commentary box last season. DC were five down without 100 on the board.

Axar Patel Lights Up Delhi

Axar Patel played an absolute blinder. A 24-ball 54 with four fours and five sixes that involved smashing Hritik Shoukeen, Cameron Green and Jason Behrendorff. He helped revive DC after a middle order collapse. David Warner, who scored another fifty – though very sluggish, was dismissed for 51 off 47 balls.

DC lost 5 wickets in the last 10 balls. They were bowled out for 172, about 20 runs short of what they ideally should have reached.

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Mumbai Indians Innings Summary –

The Mumbai Indians openers – Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan started with a bang with Rohit lofting the Delhi bowlers for huge sixes. At no time did he look uncomfortable at the crease. Ishan Kishan, on the other hand, had some luck going his way. Both batters reached a score of 71 in 7.2 overs. However, a terrible call for a single by Rohit Sharma led to Ishan Kishan’s demise in the 8th over. Ishan had to return back to the pavilion after struggling for 31 runs in 26 balls.

Rohit Sharma and Tilak Varma were going strong after Kishan’s exit but then came a sudden lull that cranked up the asking rate. Axar, Lalit and Mustafizur bowled three overs where they conceded 4,5 and 2 runs to give DC hopes of a late comeback. Then came the storm in the form of Tilak Varma’s six-hitting against Mukesh Kumar – as he carted two sixes and then fell. Suryakumar Yadav then hit one straight to fine leg to fall for a first-ball duck.

Another day, another thriller at the IPL! Anrich Nortje came extremely close to defending five runs in the final over as he executed yorkers at will. But Tim David and Cameron Green did just about enough and ran hard on the last ball to secure a thrilling six-wicket victory. With that MI are off the mark, while DC’s winless streak is now up to four games.

Delhi Capitals Vs Mumbai Indians IPL Match Preview

Much like DC, who have taken the field without their core Rishabh Pant, Mumbai Indians are without the services of Jasprit Bumrah. The rest of the Mumbai Paltan have just not been fully present on the ground, including their captain, Rohit Sharma. The good news is that the clash on 11th April in Delhi, between two ailing sides is that at least one will register a win.

Team Strategy and Player Availability –

Axar Patel could be given the ball early on, given his high success against Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav. Khaleel Ahmed, who was ruled out with an injury mid-way through the previous game, remains uncertain. The team management is awaiting scan reports to take a final call on the pacer’s availability. Even though Warner has struggled to keep a good rate, he is the only DC batter to be among runs. He has scored two half – centuries for DC in IPL 2023.

Jofra Archer has had a successful one-on-one battle with both Warner and Prithvi Shaw. He dismissed them twice each in 19 and 16 balls respectively in the IPL.

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 7:30 IST

Where: Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians, Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi

Playing Conditions: Only one game has been played at Delhi so far this season. The ball had some movement and the hosts collapsed with the bat. It’s hot and humid in Delhi today and the pitch is a slow one.

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Delhi Capitals Vs Mumbai Indians IPL Team Probables:

Delhi Capitals Probable XI: David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Philip Salt/Rilee Rossouw, Abhishek Porel, Axar Patel. Lalit Yadav, Aman Khan/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi.

Mumbai Indians Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma. Tim David, Arshad Khan, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Jofra Archer, Kumar Kartikeya.

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