Winless DC and MI long for their first points

Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals’ owners were content exactly one month prior. Both teams, competing in the first Women’s Premier League, were unbeatable; they had not yet lost a game. One team showing off its entire depth, while the other pushing through without even using its starting XI.

But in the IPL, that’s not the case.

Parth Jindal, a co-owner of Delhi Capitals, is criticizing his players’ lack of effort less than a week into the league. They are yet to start after three games. More importantly, they are unable to identify and address the full scope of the issues. 

Before the club’s fourth game of the season, DC’s batting coach Pravin Amre put on a braver face and stated they were searching for motivation from a team that had long losing streaks before going on to win the tournament. He said, rather filmily, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish that matters.” on Monday.

He was referring to Mumbai Indians, a team that isn’t faring much better. They don’t appear to be the most creative group, and there are now no points on the board. Given their history of sluggish beginnings, the five-time champs are unlikely to be as turned off by it as DC is, but there are legitimate worries immediately.

The Mumbai Indians’ probably best player is also absent from the team. (Jasprit Bumrah). And the rest have simply not blended in well enough to deliver the force and sting. The good thing about Tuesday’s matchup between two somewhat problematic teams in Delhi is that at least one of them will record a victory and get some much-needed momentum.

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

Where: Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi, between the Delhi Capitals and the Mumbai Indians

Expectations: The venue has only hosted one game so far this season, in which the hosts were defeated with the bat. The Gujarat Titans appeared to be confident in their ability to comfortably chase down totals in the area of 180-190, thus they did attempt to control the ball, but with little success.

A Team Watch

Delhi Capitals

Khaleel Ahmed’s status is questionable after being diagnosed with an injury in the middle of the previous game. To make a final determination regarding the pacer’s availability, the team management is awaiting scan data.

Given his strong performance against Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel could be employed early in the match. Both batters were held in check by the left-arm spinner, who only allowed them to strike out 83 times and 86 times, respectively, for runs.

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

If Delhi Capitals bowl first, Chetan Sakariya might be included in the starting lineup. Or enter the game later as an Impact Substitute.

Mumbai Indians

Jofra Archer missed the game because of a sore shoulder, but Cameron Green said that everyone else will be there for the game.

Techniques and matchups: David Warner is the only Delhi Capitals hitter with at least two slow half-centuries to his name, despite his struggles to score runs at a respectable clip. Warner and Prithvi Shaw were both dismissed twice by Jofra Archer in the IPL, each time in 19 and 16 deliveries, with runs conceded at less than one run per ball.

Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Arshad Khan, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Jofra Archer, and Kumar Kartikeya make up the probable starting lineup.

If Mumbai Indians bowl first, Jason Behrendorff might start in the starting lineup or enter as an Impact Substitute in the second innings if they set a goal.


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