Can the change in the name do wonders for the Delhi based franchise this season of Indian Premier League? We will have to wait and see if they start well this year when they collide against the three-time champions Mumbai Indians in their first encounter of IPL 2019 at the Wankhede in Mumbai.
With so many transitions this yet again, the Delhi Capitals would be looking to make a statement in this year’s IPL. The young lad Shreyas Iyer who led Delhi Daredevils in the second half of the last edition will be donning the captain’s hat full time this year.
The young brigade will, however, get some assistance of the Indian opener and the local boy Shikhar Dhawan who will be playing for the same franchise with whom he started his IPL journey back in 2008. The support staff this year includes two big names in the form of one of the most successful skippers India has ever produced Sourav Ganguly as the mentor, and Samuel Badree as their spin bowling coach with Ricky Ponting being retained as the head coach.
With so many big names in the team management and some sheer talent in the squad, Delhi Capitals will definitely look to shrug off their disappointments from last years and start this season with an intent.
One of the most successful teams in the history of Indian Premier League the Mumbai Indians have won the elusive trophy thrice. They have reached the finals on 4 occasions and have managed to win the trophy on thrice.
Their team this year is almost identical to what they had last time around as they have managed to keep the core intact with the likes of Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard and skipper Rohit Sharma.
They however invested in the big fish Yuvraj Singh to provide more solidity to their middle order which hampered their playoff chances last time around. They have also traded for Proteas wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock this season who is currently in a terrific form and is expected to open the innings with skipper Rohit Sharma.
They are one of the most stable sides in IPL and they are likely the favorites in the opening game of the season which will be played at their fortress in Wankhede.
Delhi Capitals won- 11
Mumbai Indians won- 11
Venue:- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Match Timing:- Sunday, March 24, 2019, 08:00 PM IST
Toss Update: MI has won the toss and elected to bowl first
Here’s how both teams might line-up:-
Players to watch out Delhi Capitals
The Capitals will heavily rely on their opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to give them a blazing start.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will be the guiding force in the middle order along with Hanuma Vihari.
In the bowling department, the impetus would be on the spin duo of Axar Patel and Keemo Paul, whereas, Trent Boult will hold the key in the fast bowling department.
Players to watch out Mumbai Indians
The skipper Rohit Sharma will hold the key in the batting department along with the likes of in-form Quinton de Kock and Surya Kumar Yadav.
The Pandya brothers Krunal and Hardik will be crucial with both bat and ball. Ben Cutting would be one to watch out.
In the bowling department, M McClenaghan, M Markande will be the ones to watch out.
Grand League Team
Small League Team
Disclaimer:- This MI vs DC Dream11 prediction is based on our research from various sources, We advise you not to make Dream11 Team as per your discretion and understanding from the squad and playing 11 listed in the article.