Match Preview

Delhi Capitals will be up against Mumbai Indians in Match 46 of IPL 2021 on 2 October at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. With 5 victories from 11 matches, MI is tied for 5th place with Kolkata Knight Riders on 10 points, with the latter a slot ahead on net run rate. DC is in 2nd place with 8 victories out of 11 games, a total of 16 points, and is one win away from securing a playoff berth. MI is primarily reliant on its bowling, which has a lot of star power, as compared to the other teams. As one of the more established sides in the competition, DC has an even side throughout all departments, as well as an even distribution of its stars and capped players.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is balanced and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 35 – 36 °C


Total matches                                   13

Matches won batting first                9

Matches won bowling first              4

Average 1st Inns scores                149

Average 2nd Inns scores               131

Highest total recorded                   215/6 (20 Ov) by AFG vs ZIM

Lowest total recorded                    90/10 (19.1 Ov) by AFG vs NED

Highest score chased                    140/3 (17.3 Ov) by AFG vs SCO

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Rishabh Pant – The left-handed batsman’s skill set and the expertise required by the IPL are completely in tune.  He’s a powerful hitter who can knock a wide range of blows and cross the boundary ropes with ease.

Matches – 127

Runs – 3431

Average – 32.99

2) Quinton de Kock – The left-handed batsman has gained a reputation for his daring striking and deft glovework. He is a must pick for the next match.

Matches – 232

Runs – 7025

Average – 34.26

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rohit Sharma – The right-handed batsman’ adept skills that translates into quick runs has led MI, from the bottom of the points table to numerous victories. He is in great form and a lot of fans are banking on him.

Matches – 353

Runs – 9391

Average – 32.07

2) Suryakumar Yadav – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive player whose career is built on consistent performances. He doesn’t fear innovating and has a strong hand for shorter formats.

Matches – 185

Runs – 3895

Average – 30.66                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3) Steven Smith – He is now an effective white-ball batter, but with his talent, he can undoubtedly enhance performance. His unorthodox style had only evolved with an exaggerated trigger action and shuffle across the stumps, all of which raised eyebrows among the purists.

Matches – 216

Runs – 4581

Average – 30.54

4) Shikhar Dhawan – Dhawan, a naturally attacking left-handed opener, has been a cornerstone of the Delhi line-up for a long time and forms an invincible top-order. He is strong on the off-side with his cuts and drives, thanks to his side-on stance and minimum trigger movement.

Matches – 298

Runs – 8642

Average – 32.61

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Anrich Nortje – Anrich is a pacer who can be described as a tearaway at the IPL. He is tall, pacy, and always in the sticks, not to mention at a pace that can be unsettling. With his love for bowling yorkers, he is the ideal white ball cricketer.

Matches – 55

Wickets – 67

Economy – 7.39

2) Kagiso Rabada –  The youthful tearaway pacers including Rabada, are usually the ones who make the news for their ferocious speed and terrifying bounce. He is the closest thing to an ‘ideal mix.’ Rabada has the ability to swing the ball conventionally, but he prefers to use scrambled seam deliveries to make it seem off the wicket.

Matches – 125

Wickets – 170

Economy – 7.90

3) Trent Boult – The left-arm fast medium bowler’s ability to swing the new ball and change up the pace and lengths in the death overs makes him a lethal bowler.

Matches – 132

Wickets – 152

Economy – 8.31

4) Jasprit Bumrah – Jasprit’ quick warm-up is followed by a fast-paced bowling action. Despite his small stature, he has mastered the knack of bowling inch-perfect yorkers. This death bowler is an impressive player and an asset for MI.

Matches – 183

Wickets -225

Economy – 7.07

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Hardik Pandya-  Pandya, despite being known for his powerful hitting, is no slouch with the ball. With his extra bounce from a back of a length and especially his ability to swing the ball away from the right-hander, Pandya’s bowling has come a long way, especially in the shorter format.

Matches – 167

Runs – 2696

Average – 27.51

Wickets – 110

Economy – 8.14

2) Kieron Pollard – He is a dangerous lower middle order batsman who can also bowl medium speed with subtle changes of pace. His destructive batting skills is a cause of concern for even experienced bowlers.

Matches – 565

Runs – 11217

Average – 31.68

Wickets – 300

Economy – 8.22

3) Ravichandran Ashwin – Ashwin burst onto the scene with his street-smart exploits in the shorter form of the game in the IPL, opening the bowling at death, and coming on when wickets were required. He is a valuable player from his squad and an important pick for the upcoming match.

Matches – 255

Runs – 773

Average – 13.32

Wickets – 251

Economy – 6.93

Predicted Playing 11

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

Delhi Capitals

Steve Smith, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje/Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan


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Poll Winning Percentage

Delhi Capitals – 54%

Mumbai Indians – 46%