IPL 9: Mumbai Indians need to keep it rolling and halt Daredevils' winning streak
With a convincing win in their last game, Mumbai Indians are desperate for another victory to keep their campaign on track when they take on Delhi Daredevils today
New Delhi: Pumped up by their convincing victory in the last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians will look to carry forward the momentum when they take on hosts Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla here today.
Mumbai Indians celebrate the wicket of RCB’s KL Rahul at Wankhede on Wednesday. PIC/SURESH KARKERA
Mumbai Indians won against Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, but lost to Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Mumbai Indians got their batting combination right against Royal Challengers Bangalore and were successful in restricting their star-studded line-up to a below-par 170 at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
Mumbai’s top-order batting has been miserable so far barring captain Rohit Sharma, who was instrumental in both their wins scoring superb half-centuries.
Fit-again Kieron Pollard made an immediate impact with a match-winning 19-ball-39 not out against RCB.
Englishman Jos Buttler and India discard Ambati Rayudu are getting starts but it is big-hitting Pollard, who can make a difference. While Hardik Pandya has been off-colour, his brother Krunal Pandya grabbed his opportunities with both hands by making an impact with both bat and ball.
Daredevils, on the other hand, are on a roll after a poor start, and would look to complete a hat-trick of victories with yet another impressive performance on home turf.
After the loss to Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in their tournament opener, the Daredevils bounced back strongly riding on the batting display to comfortably beat Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next two games.
The Daredevils are presently third in the league standings with four points from three games, while the Mumbai Indians are placed fifth with two wins and three losses from five matches.