It is that time again when all the eyes will be glued to their TV screens when last year's finalists Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals lock horns at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals 46th Match IPL 2021 on 2nd October. Since that final, the two teams have had two completely different journeys. While Delhi Capitals have continued their solid form this year to find themselves at number two in the points table currently, Mumbai Indians are struggling to qualify for the playoffs after a series of bad outcomes.
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Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals 46th Match IPL 2021
Team News for Mumbai Indians
Since the start of the second phase of IPL 2021, Mumbai Indians registered their first victory after losing three games in a row, with a win over Punjab. With this win over the Punjab Kings, Mumbai rejuvenated their chances to qualify for the playoffs.
For this game, Mumbai should make one change. They should replace out-of-form Suryakumar Yadav with Jayant Yadav to add batting as well as bowling depth. Ishan Kishan is likely to be sidelined again following his poor run with the bat. Hardik Pandya's 40 runs against Punjab came in handy for Mumbai in the must-win situation. Mumbai management should keep faith in him, and the Indian team management would also be following his form closely as a preparation for the ICC T20I World Cup.
Likely playing 11 of Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Team News for Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals' four-match unbeaten streak finally came to an end after losing to Kolkata Knight Riders in a tight encounter. But there is nothing to worry about. They have 16 points already and are on the verge of qualifying for the playoffs. Perhaps a win against Mumbai Indians will be enough to achieve their goal.
Delhi Capitals should bring in Prithvi Shaw for Lalit Yadav. They can't ignore Shaw's 329 runs this season at a strike rate of 160.48. The chances of Marcus Stoinis making a comeback are slim after he suffered an injury in the first game. Avesh Khan's three wickets for 13 runs in the last game have added a significant boost to their bowling department. He will lead the bowling attack along with Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.
Likely playing 11 of Delhi Capitals
Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Sharjah's pitch is slow and helps spinners turn the ball throughout the game. With all the low-scoring games so far at this venue, it is unlikely the batters will be able to go heavy on the bowlers in this game as well. Clear weather with high temperatures is predicted for this game.
Betting Predictions for Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals 46th Match IPL 2021
Match Result Prediction for Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals 46th Match IPL 2021
Mumbai Indians have had five victories in their last six matches against Delhi Capitals. Though they are struggling to find form in the UAE, they should not be taken lightly. Perhaps Mumbai is not new to this situation. They have bounced back so many times in past seasons with the belief they have in their players. Delhi Capitals' loss against the Knight Riders has shown loopholes in their middle-order. Mumbai Indians should capitalise on that to try and win this game against the Delhi Capitals.
Winner: Mumbai Indians (1.80)
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Toss Prediction for Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals 46th Match IPL 2021
The recent outcomes at Sharjah Cricket Stadium are in favour of teams batting second. 64% of the T20 games played at this venue have been won by teams chasing targets. So, the team winning the toss should look to bowl first.
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Top Batsman for Delhi Capitals
It is difficult to think of any other batsman when Shikhar Dhawan is on your side. His love affair with IPL has no limits. The leading run-scorer of this season's IPL (454 runs) is a treat to watch. Dhawan has a knack for scoring quick runs from the start that puts pressure on the opposition bowling attack. Mumbai's bowling attack is not new to him. And his 45 runs against them when these sides met earlier this season proved to be a match-winning knock. With an average over 45 and a strike rate of 130.45, he should be the top batsman from the Delhi camp.
Top Batsman For Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan (3.20)
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