DD throw in a surprise!
Glenn Maxwell has walked out to open the innings against Prithvi Shaw. This is only the second full game where the Aussie gets a crack at the top. Let’s see how much he can get.
Fun fact #1
If DD win tonight, they’ll be the highest-scoring wooden-spoon owner with 10 points in the history of IPL.
TOSS – Delhi Daredevils opt to bat first
DD: Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Liam Plunkett, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult
MI: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman
Prelude – The DD hurdle in MI’s late sprint?
So here we are then. The holders of the IPL title have huffed and puffed their way to yet another possible late dash into the playoffs. It’s down to their very final league stage fixture that will decide if MI’s 2018 campaign ends here or carries forward to Kolkata for the eliminator.
With KKR confirming their spot in the playoffs yesterday, only one vacant place remains with MI, RR and KXIP still vying for it. RR can do nothing but wait for two results (DD beating MI and CSK beating KXIP) go their way, while MI and KXIP still have their fate in their hands. MI and KXIP are tied on points, with the latter set to face CSK in the 8 pm fixture today. The two neck-to-neck sides are separated by MI’s massive NRR advantage, and KXIP will hope the already ousted DD will do them a massive favour.
What happened in the reverse fixture?
MI smashed 193, and still LOST, courtesy Jason Roy’s rampage on the MI bowlers. But that game – the ninth fixture of the tournament – was eons ago. MI have crashed and burned since but have somehow managed to stay alive.
Rohit Sharma’s slump a worry?
On the face of it, yes, it is a problem for MI. His returns were as ordinary last season too – 333 runs in 17 games at an average of 23.78 in 2017; 273 in 13 games at an average of 24.81 so far – and yet they went on the win the season.
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