18 Apr 2019: DC vs MI: Match preview, head-to-head records and pitch report
The match will be hosted by Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. DC are currently second on the table while MI occupy the third place.
There is plenty at stake for both these teams.
Here is the detailed match preview.
Fact: Head-to-head meetings between the two sides
The two teams have met each other on 23 occasions, in the cash-rich league and DC have a slender advantage of 12-11. In the last three meetings between the two teams, DC have emerged victorious each time.
DC batting: DC will need to keep calm in batting
DC have the habit of losing momentum during key phases of the game despite batting well in the parts leading up to the same.
They cannot afford to slip in such periods.
Application at the Kotla will be key and the hosts need the senior players to chip in. The onus will be on the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan.
Fact: DC have bowled well in IPL 2019
DC have taken the most wickets in IPL 2019 (60). Kagiso Rabada has played a major part in the same with 17 scalps to his name. His inputs will be a determining factor in shaping the match. The resurgence of Keemo Paul could aid DC.
MI batting: MI need to think beyond Pandya's cameos
MI's batting will need to improve and the onus lies on the top four to produce substance.
On most of the occasions it has been Hardik Pandya's cameos that have given the side key momentum.
Against an in-form DC bowling unit, MI could struggle at the Kotla.
DC will be sensing an opportunity in putting MI batsmen under the mat.
Fact: MI have done well with the ball
MI's performances in IPL 2019 have largely been guided by the bowlers. They have done a strong job and that bodes well. MI have variety in their ranks. Jasprit Bumrah will once again be the key force to stall DC at the death.
Info: Pitch report, TV listing and timing
The pitch at the Kotla is expected to be on the slower side as seen this season.
Scoring freely won't be easy. The need of the hour will be to go with a strong mindset.
The match is scheduled to start at 8:00 PM IST.
One can watch the match live on the Star Sports Network and can stream the same on Hotstar app.