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For a change, Mumbai Indians have started strongly and the Delhi franchise finds itself at the top half of the points table- no.2 to be precise. There's actually nothing but net run-rate separating Delhi Capitals and Mumbai.
Capitals have won three on the trot on the road, but have won just one out of three games at the Feroz Shah Kotla so far. That solitary win was down to Kagiso Rabada's scorching yorkers in a Super Over last month. However, they now have a great chance to score some points at home. The Delhi franchise has won six out of nine IPL games against Mumbai at Kotla.
Delhi Capitals: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs, beat Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets, beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets
Mumbai Indians: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets, lost to Rajasthan Royals by four wickets, beat Kings XI Punjab by three wickets
Both sides have been prolific with the ball at the death, Capitals more so with Rabada bowling nearly 50 % of his overs in this phase. All told, the South African quick has bowled 15 overs in the death, claiming 13 wickets at an economy rate of 8.6. But, there are some concerns in the batting line-up. Colin Ingram's return to South Africa on paternity leave has left Capitals scrambling for a finisher. The other Colin - Munro - flickered briefly at No. 3 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday and the onus is now on the bowling allrounders Chris Morris, Axar Patel and Keemo Paul to crank up the tempo with the bat.
Mumbai have a top finisher in Hardik Pandya, who has taken his six-hitting to an all-new level in IPL 2019, but his elder brother Krunal has struggled - both with ball and bat - this season.
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It remains to be seen if new-dad Ingram has rejoined the Delhi squad. If the South African continues to be unavailable Munro will get another game. Meanwhile, Karnataka left-arm spinner J Suchith has stepped in as replacement for the injured Harshal Patel
Rishabh Pant clubbed 78 off 27 balls - 70 of those runs came in boundaries - to give the rebranded Capitals their opening win.
Delhi Capitals: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Colin Munro, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Chris Morris, 7 Keemo Paul, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Ishant Sharma
Mumbai Indians: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Krunal Pandya, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Jason Behrendoff, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
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