Delhi in must-win situation against Mumbai

Published: Friday, May 23, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils will take on a buoyant Mumbai Indians in a do-or-die encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Feroz Shah Kotla ground here on Saturday.

Sehwag-led outfit have their task cut out in their last league fixture against Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians for they need to win this and still wait how Mumbai and Chennai do in their last league tie.

Delhi's previous two matches at home did not bring any luck for them as Kings XI Punjab beat them under Duckworth-Lewis system while their next match against Kolkata Knight Riders had to be called off without a single ball being bowled.

The Mumbai Indians, who came out as a resurgent force with six consecutive wins after a poor start to their campaign, were finally halted by Kings XI Punjab but still the visitors will be on a high after their spirited run-chase at home.

The abandoned match at home against Knight Riders did not help the hosts but has atleast made things clearer for them.

The Virender Sehwag led Delhi team now does not have to worry about the run-rate but just needs to record a win and then wait for Mumbai Indians' results.

Three consecutive losses from here on for Mumbai will throw them out of the reckoning while the Daredevils will move into the knock out stage.

But things might get more confusing to analyse if Delhi's weather continue to behave the way it has in the last four days.

If weather conditions are kept aside, the battle is expected to be a grueling one with both Delhi and Mumbai looking even at this stage.

In Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir Delhi has the most potent opening combination. So far Gambhir with 504 runs is the highest run-getter in the tournament while Sehwag has 385 to his name.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians also have two batting stalwarts in marauder Sanath Jayasurya and master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

Jayasurya, on his day, can tear apart any attack, so too his opposite number Sehwag.

The left-handed Gambhir has emerged one of the most consistent batsmen in Twenty20 cricket and has been a run machine for Daredevils in the tournament. Whereas, Tendulkar, who found it tough in the first few games, seems to have found his rhythm with a 46-ball 65 against Mihali in the previous tie. He is too great a player to be kept away from scoring runs for a long time.

The seam bowling legends McGrath and Pollock will start the bowling proceedings for either sides. Both provide early breakthros' and bowl a probing and measly spells.

There is not much to separate between the two sides but still the game has to be played and that would only be possible if the rain does not play a spoilsport.


Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthick (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Farveez Maharoof, Rajat Bhatia, Amit Mishra, Yo Mahesh and Glenn McGrath.

Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar (capt), Sanath Jayasuriya, Robin Uthappa, Dominic Thornley, Dwayne Smith, Shaun Pollock, Abhishek Nayar, Pinal Shah (wk), Siddharth Chitnis, Dilhara Fernando, Ashish Nehra and Vikrant Yeligati.


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