Mumbai Indians can put one foot in the knockout round and put another nail in the coffin of Delhi Daredevils if they beat their visitors at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sachin Tendulkar’s side top the Indian Premier League table with 14 points from nine matches and could open up a four-point gap with victory on Saturday.
Meanwhile Delhi will be desperate to see their skipper Virender Sehwag fire again after his sensational century single-handedly won them two points against Deccan Chargers on Thursday.
Sehwag has played a lead role in three of Delhi’s four victories this season, highlighting an over-reliance on the swashbuckling opening batsman.
With just eight points from ten matches a seventh defeat would effectively crush their hopes of finishing in the top four – they currently trail fourth-placed Bangalore by three points and have also played a game more than the Royal Challengers.
As the competition’s most steady team, Mumbai will once again aim to systematically grind their opponents into the dust, with Tendulkar playing the casual accumulator.
“If we go too hard, we can get out for 95 also. We have to decide based on the track,” Tendulkar said of his side’s approach with the bat.
The two sides faced off in Delhi at the beginning of the season, with Lasith Malinga playing a key role as the Daredevils were shot out for just 95.
Delhi left Australian opener David Warner out of their side for the game against Deccan as Aaron Finch was given a run-out, but are likely to recall Warner for this must-win encounter. Cricket365