IPL 2022: Kolkata Knight Riders won easily against the defending champions in the first match of the tournament. This win has shown that there is no powerhouse in the tournament and any team can beat the best on any given day. And that’s what we have in our second match of the tournament.
The Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals will face the best team in IPL history, the Mumbai Indians. However, the table has changed this season. On paper, DC is looking very strong, and they have also bought some good players at the auction. Mumbai Indians are struggling with injuries. Their star player, Suryakumar Yadav, will miss the first game. So let’s check out the complete details of the second match of the season and make predictions.
IPL 2022: MI vs DC Match Prediction and Preview
Mumbai Indians are the best franchise in the history of the IPL. Having won five titles, they would like to make it six at the end of the ongoing season. But there are a few more loopholes that can be a big challenge for the team. First and most important is the injury concern in the squad. Suryakumar Yadav will miss the first match as he is recovering from his injury. Skipper Rohit Sharma and veteran all-rounder Pollard have also suffered from injuries in the past.
However, they are the champions, and they know how to use the limited resources. In the upcoming match, Ishan Kishan and Rohit will open the batting innings. Nos. 3, 4, and 6 look inexperienced, so they will have to look for the best options in the team. Pollard will be there at 6 to finish off the games. Tim David can play as a floater. The spin department looks a bit weak, but the pace attack will have Bumrah, Tymal Mills, and Daniel Sams.
Probably XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (WK), Ramandeep Singh, Tilak Verma, Tim David, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah and Tymal Mills
Delhi Capitals are ticking all the boxes, from batting to bowling, and have a number of all-rounders in the team. The squad is full of match-winners, and this season will be their best chance to win their maiden title. The addition of David Warner and Mitchell Marsh has made the group stronger. However, they are yet to join the team, but it will definitely provide them with a boost during the course of the tournament.
Meanwhile, they have two good openers in Prithvi Shaw and Tim Seifert. Mandeep Singh and skipper Pant will play at No. 3 and 4. Then there are four all-rounders: Lalit Yadav, Rovmen Powell, Shardul Thakur, and Axar Patel. The only concern they might face will be in their pace bowling department. Anrich Nortje has joined the team, but he needs a week to get ready to play. Khaleel Ahmed and Chetan Sakariya are other bowling options.
Probably XI: Prithvi Shaw, Tim Seifert, Mandeep Singh, Rishabh Pant (C & WK), Lalit Yadav, Rovmen Powell, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Chetan Sakariya
MI vs DC Head to Head Stats
Both teams have met a total of 30 times in the history of the Indian Premier League. But it has always been a tough competition between the two. Even the stats suggest that both teams have played neck to neck. Mumbai Indians have won 16 matches as compared to Delhi’s 15 wins. However, the Delhi Capitals won both the matches played in the last season between the two.
IPL 2022: Pitch and Toss update
The pitch at Brabourne Stadium always offers some for the pacers initially. But as it is a day match, the spinners will also get assistance throughout the game. As usual, it is supposed to be a batting pitch. Anything around 170 will be the par score for this wicket. Winning the toss and bowling first will be ideal on this wicket.
DC vs MI: Players to watch out for
Ishan Kishan has performed exceptionally well at the top of the order. And he is a live wire in the powerplay. With the weak bowling option that DC has in the first match, he will surely get the chance to make runs. If he gets a start, he can make runs at a fiery pace.
Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best bowlers across the format. And he has proved it again and again. He will be the pick of the bowlers from both sides because he has got everything as a bowler.
Prithvi Shaw will be the pick from the Delhi Capitals. He is a confident opener who loves to take on bowlers. His batting attitude makes him a dangerous batter at the top. So, if he gets a chance, he will be a headache for the Mumbai Indians.
Axar Patel will be the bowler to watch out for. He is a street-smart cricketer and knows how to handle the situation. His accuracy is the most important component of his bowling. With the pitch assisting spinners, he can be more lethal.
IPL 2022: Predicted XI of the match
Wicket-keeper: Rishabh Pant (DC), Ishan Kishan (MI)
Batsmen: Rovmen Powell (DC), Prithvi Shaw (DC), Tim David (MI)
All-rounder: Kieron Pollard (MI), Axar Patel (DC), Daniel Sams (MI)
Bowler: Jasprit Bumrah (MI), Shardul Thakur (DC), Tymal Mills (MI)
Tips: Ishan Kishan will be the first choice captain of the team. Prithvi Shaw can be the vice-captain. Delhi Capitals will have the upper hand going into the match. So we will choose DC to win the match.