Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians, Dubai

Pro Tip: It is going to be a battle between the two top teams so pick reliable top-order batsmen and the best fast bowlers from the teams.

Our XI: Quinton De Kock, Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah

Substitutes: Marcus Stoinis, Trent Boult, Axar Patel, R Ashwin

NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Player availability: All players are available for selection. Rohit Sharma is unlikely to play this game as well.

Captain: Ishan Kishan

Kishan took the role of an opener in the absence of Rohit and has done a fine job. He has scored 130 runs in the three innings as an opener this season at a healthy strike rate of 141.3. Kishan has a strike rate of 142.51 against pace and 140.59 against spin in the tournament so the Capitals quicks may not really trouble him.

Vice-captain: Rishabh Pant

Pant has been getting starts in almost every game but hasn't quite made it big. He has failed to cross 25 only twice in the tournament in nine innings. This could be the day he goes on beyond the 30s and scores some big runs. Since 2018, Pant has scored 196 in 4 innings against Mumbai at a terrific strike rate of 183.17. In the four innings, he has two big half centuries and a 47, all in quick time.

Hot Picks

Quinton De Kock: After a slow start de Kock has quickly caught up in the second half of the tournament. He is the leading run scorer for Mumbai so far this season with 392 runs at a strike rate of 140.3 out of his four fifties this season have come in the last six games and he is a must-have on form. Plus he can get you some crucial points from behind the stumps.

Shikhar Dhawan: After a series of fifties and hundreds, Dhawan has got a couple of low scores. But his purple patch this season started with an unbeaten 69 against Mumbai and we are backing him to replicate that. He also has a pretty good record against Mumbai since 2018 - 197 runs at 49.25 and a SR of 136.8 including a fifty and a couple of 40-plus scores.

Jasprit Bumrah: Bumrah is now the joint-second highest wicket taker in the tournament with 20 wickets at an economy of 7.18. He has been at his lethal best, taking eight wickets in the last four games at an economy of 6.31. You cannot leave him out given his form.

Differential Picks

Anrich Nortje: Nortje has been terrific for the Capitals this season. He has bowled in crunch situations and has come out on top more often than not. Nortje has picked up 15 wickets in the tournament so far at an economy of 7.79. Among all bowlers who have bowled 60 or more balls at the death this season, Nortje has the best economy of 8.26.

Kieron Pollard: Pollard has been striking the ball cleanly and consistently this season. He has scored 218 runs at a SR of 200 and has been dismissed only twice in 109 balls. His bowling has taken a turn this season as well. His clever change of pace and good lengths could get him a wicket or two and he takes the hotspots on the field which means points for catches.
Alternate Scenarios

  • If Mumbai bat second, Pollard may not get to face as many balls so Marcus Stoinis is a better option.

  • An alternate vice-captain choice is Suryakumar Yadav given the form that he is in. He also scored a half-century against the Capitals the last time the two teams met.