Sharjah: Stuck at the bottom of the heap, defending champions Mumbai Indians will be desperate to open their account in the Indian Premier League here today as they lock horns with Delhi Daredevils, who are also struggling to get going in the ongoing seventh edition of the cash-rich event.
Mumbai Indians celebrate the wicket of Suresh Raina during the match against Chennai Super Kings on Friday. PTI Photo/BCCI
While Mumbai Indians are placed last with three defeats in as many games in the eight-team league, the Daredevils are a shade better at seventh with one win and three losses ahead of their next match at the Dubai.
Daredevils skipper Kevin Pietersen, who failed in his first attempt after missing the side's first three matches, will be eager to put up a better show against the defending champions.
The Delhi outfit will take confidence from the fact that its openers Murali Vijay and Quinton de Cock performed well in their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, helping the team close in on the chase of a competitive total before falling apart.
As far as Mumbai are concerned, Rohit led from the front with a superlative half-century in their last match, and they will hope for a similar outing from their captain.
They have the ever-dependable Mike Hussey at the top of the order and equally threatening will be New Zealand's batting sensation Corey Anderson.
Kieron Pollard is also yet to set the stage ablaze with his power hitting. In the bowling department, experienced pros Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh will need to bring in all their experience to effect a turnaround.
And they also have the mercurial Lasith Malinga who has the ability to run through any batting line-up on his day.
> Both sides were pretty ordinary with their bowling, but it was victory for Delhi Daredevils, their first win in seven matches
> After Mumbai Indians crawled to 57-2 in first 10 overs, Delhi bowlers fed them full-toss after full-toss. Taking full advantage, Rohit Sharma (73) took Mumbai Indians to 161
> Mumbai Indians’ new ball bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Munaf Patel let Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene run away with the chase. Delhi Daredevils were 50 for 0 after five overs. The Sehwag-Jayawardene pair became only the third combination in IPL to register two century opening stands. Delhi Daredevils won the match quite comfortably with 9 wickets and three overs to spare