MI vs DD: Pitch report and match preview
Mumbai Indians will be looking for home comforts at the Wankhede when they take on Delhi Daredevils in match 9 of the Indian Premier League 2018 season. Both teams have lost their opening two matches of the season and will be eager to get off the mark. Mumbai's better record at home means they go in as favorites. Here is the preview.
The Wankhede pitch is expected to assist batsmen at large with a fair bit of grass. Pace bowlers could get the ball to move a bit and there could be hint of swing. But said that, the ball is expected to come nicely on to the bat and that is positive for the batsmen. A day match means conditions will be hot and humid.
Since 2013, DD have lost each of the four matches played against Rohit Sharma's side at Wankhede. MI pacer Jasprit Bumrah is one wicket away from 50 scalps. The match against Delhi is also his 50th match. Kieron Pollard needs one maximum to register 150 sixes in IPL. MI have lost last four out of five games at Wankhede including the opener against CSK.
Rohit Sharma has enjoyed playing against DD in his IPL career so far. The MI skipper has blasted 670 runs against DD at an average of 37.22 in 21 innings. At the Wankhede, he has 233 runs. Gautam Gambhir has 452 runs in 21 matches against MI. His averages just 22.60 against the holders. Will Rohit once again have an impact? Let's watch!
Going by the line-ups, history and statistics, MI have a better chance of winning this tie. Rohit Sharma will be the player to watch out for. Their bowling unit could have the edge over DD. Skipper Gambhir needs to lead with the bat.