IPL 2021, MI vs DC: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of IPL 2021 Match 46, Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (MI vs DC) from Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday.
The Mumbai Indians are reeling at sixth position in the IPL 2021 table and are in desperate need for a victory to put them ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) in contention for a playoff spot. The side has 10 points from 11 games, while both KKR and PBKS have the same number of points with an extra game played. Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, have already qualified for the playoffs but will be aiming to secure a top-2 spot in the IPL 2021 standings. The last time both sides met in the first leg, Delhi Capitals overpowered Rohit Sharma‘s side by six wickets. However, their last game in UAE was the final of the previous edition (IPL 2020), where MI cruised to a 5-wicket win.
15.05 IST: There are two changes in both the playing XI as Prithvi Shaw is declared fit and the opener replaced Lalit Yadav for Delhi. For Mumbai, there is a like-for-like change as spinner Jayant Yadav comes in for Rahul Chahar.
15.01 IST: Delhi captain Rishabh Pant opted to bowl first after winning the toss.
14.47 IST: During a live broadcast interview Steve Smith says he is not sure if he’s going to play the match as Prithvi Shaw is back as per his knowledge. In case you are unaware, Smith opened the innings with Shikhar Dhawan for the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders after Shaw was declared unfit.
14.20 IST: Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have met on 29 occasions in the Indian Premier League. While the defending champions have won 16, Delhi Capitals registered victory in 13.
In recent history, MI have dominated DC. They won all of the four games against Delhi in IPL 2020 (two in league stage, one qualifier and the final), but the Capitals won the home match against MI in the first leg this year.
MI vs DC Preview: Delhi Capitals will look to bounce back after a blip in the last match, while a struggling Mumbai Indians unit will hope to hold on to their new-found momentum in the first of Saturday’s IPL double headers here. Having virtually sealed their playoff berth with eight wins, Delhi were done in by the sluggish conditions of Sharjah, as an all-round Kolkata Knight Riders trumped them by three wickets in a low-scoring affair. FULL PREVIEW