Mumbai Indians are sitting prettily at the top of the table, with six wins out of the seven matches they've played. Their only loss came against their next opponent, Rising Pune Supergiant when Steve Smith played a brilliant innings to snatch a victory. The hosts reduced Delhi to 24 for 6 in their last match on Saturday after being restricted to 142. For once, they have a set lineup after 3 years.
Let's take a look at the predicted XI.
Openers: Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel
The English batsman has been brilliant for the Mumbai Indians. Having been promoted to open the innings, which he is new to, Buttler has shown immense ability. He has been giving the Mumbai franchise good starts, match in and match out. But his opening partner, Patel hasn't been consistent with the bat. He has shown signs of class but also has played some rash shots which has led to his downfall.
Top Order: Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya
— Nitish Rana Official (@NitishRanaOffi1) April 22, 2017
Rana has been a revelation for the Mumbai side. He has scored four half-centuries and barring the failure in the last match, the southpaw has made the opposition's bowling attack look ordinary.
Rohit Sharma hasn't had the greatest of tournaments. Barring one good knock, Sharma has been awfully out of form and has been dismissed four times to leg-spinners. Though he has led his side admirably well, Sharma has to step up his game.
Krunal Pandya has been good when called upon, even though he failed with the bat last time around. The elder of the Pandya brothers has also been a star with the ball and is a player to watch out for.
All-rounders: Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 14, 2017
Pollard played an uncharacteristic innings by his standards last night. The West Indian scored 26 runs off 29 deliveries and steadied Mumbai Indians' ship. Having played a couple of match-winning knocks, he is high on confidence.
Hardik Pandya was dismissed for the first time this IPL after six innings. He has been in sensational form and struck a few lusty blows towards the end which massively helped the Mumbai Indians.
Bowlers : Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah
Harbhajan Singh has been economical this season and his bowling has vastly helped Mumbai Indians in restricting the flow of runs. He has bowled magnificently with the new ball and the semi-new ball. Though he has been short on the wickets column, expect him to be back in it real soon.
The pace battery of McClenaghan, Malinga and Bumrah has been exceptional. Despite one of them getting the stick going for runs, Mumbai Indians backroom staff is pretty impressed with the way their bowlers have performed. Barring the last match, where McClenaghan was the only pacer not to go for runs, Mumbai Indians' pacers have done a reasonably good job in the death overs and also have picked up wickets up at the top. Mitchell Johnson made an appearance for the Blues last time around, but it is expected that Malinga will be back in contention.