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Mumbai Indians vs. Delhi Daredevils, Delhi

March 17, 2010

Both the teams set to play each other tonight come into this match having beaten the Rajasthan Royals. On basis of the result of that match itself, Delhi seem the favorites for their comprehensive victory.

“If they were a bible story they’d be Noah’s Ark – random bunch of species thrown together but with God on their side.” says Rich Abbot about the Mumbai Indians in his post at The Corridor.

The team will be reinforced by the arrival of their all round MVP Dwayne Bravo who will bring with him the great new hope Kieron Pollard. Ambati Rayudu showed Indian cricket what it was missing with his well planned knock against Rajasthan and MI must make sure they accommodate him in the team.

Ryan McLaren is sure to sit out now that Bravo’s here while Sanath Jayasuriya might keep his spot considering that they only played three of their overseas stars against Rajasthan, Pollard can come into the team at the cost of Saurabh Tiwary. R Sathish can keep his place unless Abhishek Nayar returns to the team.

Delhi face a problem of riches even with two of their international players unavailable. The line up now is pretty stable despite Ashish Nehra’s injury with all the bowlers contributing to keep Rajasthan down to a small total. Then Sehwag happened and the failures of heavyweights like Gambhir and Dilshan didn’t even raise a flutter. AB de Villiers panicked but it took someone of the caliber of Shane Warne to unsettle him.

Dirk Nannes has mastered the art of bowling 4 overs a day and much will come out of how he performs compared to his  counterpart in the Mumbai team, Lasith Malinga.

The damage Zaheer and Malinga are able to inflict will be crucial as the mayhem Yusuf caused amongst the part timers will prove. Bravo and Harbhajan will strengthen their bowling. Delhi too need to figure out who their second spin option is going to be to restrict the Mumbai batting.

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