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Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils eye first points

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | KABEER KHAN
Published Apr 14, 2018, 12:40 am IST
Updated Apr 14, 2018, 10:55 am IST
While defending champions Mumbai fell short in two nail-biting thrillers, Delhi’s defeats were comprehensive.
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils would be eager to get off the mark when they meet at the Wankhede here on Saturday.
 Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils would be eager to get off the mark when they meet at the Wankhede here on Saturday.

Mumbai: After having suffered two defeats in as many games, both Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils would be eager to get off the mark when they meet at the Wankhede here on Saturday. While defending champions Mumbai fell short in two nail-biting thrillers, Delhi’s defeats were comprehensive. 

Mumbai’s power-packed batting line-up hasn’t really fired in unison and the subdued form of skipper Rohit Sharma is a concern for the home team. Rohit who had made 15 against Chennai Super Kings was dismissed for 11 against Sunrisers. Opener Evin Lewis showed glimpses of his prowess on Thursday by smashing three fours and two sixes in his 17-ball 29 before falling prey to Siddarth Kaul’s knuckleball. 

 

Hardik Pandya, who had twisted his ankle during the opener against CSK and subsequently sat out of Thursday’s game, is set to return. Young leg-spinner Mayank Markande has been the find of the season for Mumbai. He has taken seven wickets and even impressed his opponents. 

On the other hand, perennial underachievers Delhi’s fortune hasn’t really changed despite making large-scale changes in coaching staff. The injury to Kagiso Rabada seems to have affected the plans of Ricky Ponting’s side.

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