It is Match 17 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 as Mumbai Indians (MI) take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on Saturday. Both MI and DD have four points in hand currently, winning two of the matches they have played and looking at the squads they have, it is surely going to be a neck-to-neck competition between the two teams. The defending champions started off on a disappointing note while DD also had a similar run before both the sides manged to register two wins later on. With both the teams getting into the groove gradually, it will be interesting to see how a well-bound MI faces a freshly combined DD. Ahead of their clash, here is the likely XI for Mumbai Indians.
Top-order: The top-order of MI has their captain Rohit Sharma opening for the side. Rohit has led the team to two successful hunts in IPL and knows the game pretty well. With him on top, it becomes quite strong. For the other end, Rohit can opt for Unmukt Chand. The latter has before played well in IPL for the team and is coming from a good domestic season. His experience as a Delhi cricketer can also come in handy for the team. With the top two settled, the No. 3 spot goes to Ambati Rayudu who looks in a good touch too.
Middle-order: The pillar of middle-order has to be Jos Buttler. The England batsman has done decently with the bat so far but is expected to better that. Buttler is the one upon whom the team can rely post a top-order collapse and he will have to take up the responsibilities looking at the experience that he has. Following him, comes out Kieron Pollard who has strong hands to hit it all over the park while Harbhajan Singh can be sent after Pollard to complement the batting. After him, Krunal Pandya will be the right person to take the crease and add some last moment runs.
Bowlers: With the match being played at Delhi, skipper Rohit’s trump card has to be his pacers and he will depend a lot upon Jasprit Bumrah who knows the Indian condition pretty well and is enjoying a very good patch currently. The other two names will be Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan. Rohit’s India teammate Hardik Pandya has so far failed to impress in this edition of IPL and the skipper can give Nathu Singh a chance on this ground while Harbhajan leads the spin alongside Krunal Pandya.
Mumbai Indians likely XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Unmukt Chand, Ambati Rayudu (wk), Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Nathu Singh, Jasprit Bumrah