Mumbai Indians will play at home for the first time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 after two away fixtures. They will take on Delhi Daredevils, which were daunted by two defeats. The match will be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians defeated IPL's most successful team, Chennai Super Kings, in the previous match after conceding a two-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening match. They will be keen to keep the momentum going.
The Delhi Daredevils are a wounded side, having lost two matches played so far. They will be trying to leave the past behind with a win against the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Their chances of entering the the elimination round will be narrowed down if they lost the third match.
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils have met 10 times in the past and they have won five games each. However, the former's performance at home has been good with a 3-1 win-loss record against the latter.
Mumbai Indians: The Sachin Tendulkar-Ricky Ponting dream pair hasn't lived up to the expectations of their fans. They have to deliver sooner than later before the critics start mocking their much-talked-about combination.
Kieron Pollard, supported by Dinesh Karthik and Harbhajan Singh, put up a decent total in the previous match. The top order should chip in this time.
The bowlers did well in the last two matches, managing to restrict the score of the opponents to below 150 runs. The arrival of Lasith Malinga, who missed the last two matches due to an injury, will sharpen the bowling department even more.
Delhi Daredevils: The team is suffering due to unavailability of key players like Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder due to injuries, but it's time they accept the reality and start performing to stay in the competition.
David Warner put up a good show in the previous match. Other batsmen like Mahela Jayawardene, Naman Ojha, Irfan Pathan and Andre Russell should chip in this time. Sehwag is also expected to be available for Tuesday's match.
The return of last year's Purple-Cap holder, Morne Morkel, will boost the bowling department of the team even further. The team's bowlers like Ashish Nehra and Umesh Yadav have performed well so far.
Delhi Daredevils will go all out to register points on the score table, but it won't be a cakewalk for them. Mumbai Indians are a balanced side, and with the home crowd with them, they should win on Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting (captain), Abu Nechim Ahmed, Akshar Patel, Aditya Tare, Aiden Blizzard, Ambati Rayudu, Amitoze Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Harbhajan Singh, Jacob Oram, Jalaj Saxena, James Franklin, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Munaf Patel, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Phil Hughes, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Rishi Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal.
Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (c), Ajit Agarkar, Andre Russell, Arisht Singhvi, Ashish Nehra, CM Gautam, David Warner, Gulam Bodi, Irfan Pathan, Jeevan Mendis, Johan Botha, Kedar Jadhav, Manpreet Juneja, Morne Morkel, Naman Ojha, Pawan Negi, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Royston Dias, Siddarth Kaul, Sujit Nayak, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav, Unmukt Chand, Venugopal Rao, Virender Sehwag, Yogesh Nagar
Where to watch Live
The match will begin at 8:00 pm IST and will be telecast live on Sony Set Max channel.