MI vs DC predictions and betting : It is unbelievable and exciting at the same time to realize that even after 49 games, only one team has made it to the play offs with the other six teams in the fray for the remaining three spots.
On Saturday, Delhi Capitals are set to face Mumbai Indians in what will be a very important clash for the hosts whereas MI would be looking to consolidate their position at the top. DC had a smooth sailing but some hiccups in the middle has put them in a worrisome situation.
Overall, it is nicely setup where everything is up for grabs for DC whereas MI can sit back and play their natural game.
DC vs MI Predictions and Betting Summary
DC vs MI predictions and betting : Recent form and head-to-head
Delhi Capitals were one of the favorites to win this year’s Indian Premier League IPL after their dominance in the first half. Five matches later, their chances of making it to the playoffs has reduced significantly.
DC’s campaign started off with a super over thriller that they won out of nowhere and were the 2nd best team in the competition having lost to Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the period.
They continued their form in the second half with victories against Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings but their slump started against Kings XI Punjab and before they figured out what was happening, they had lost three games on a trot that had a direct impact on their play off chances. This means that the significance of this game for DC is very high.
MI have time and again prove as to why they are one of the best teams in the IPL history. There is little doubt that they have a settled line up where every individual knows their roles and responsibilities.
Despite hampered by occasional injuries, defending champions MI became the first team to make it to the play offs after CSK beat KKR. Barring two losses in the first seven games, they dominated every opponent and topped the group.
They have suffered occasional defeats against KXIP and RR but they have emerged stronger immediately. They are sitting pretty at the top of the table and would want to carry the momentum against DC.
Matches – 25
DC – 12
MI – 13
Recent Meeting – MI defeated DC by 5 wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In UAE: DC – 1, MI – 1
MI Vs DC Predictions and betting : Team comparison
Top order: MI > DC
Despite Rohit Sharma’s absence, the Mumbai Indians have still looked solid at the top of their order. Quinton de Kock has continued to find the meat of his beat and has made the most of the field restrictions. He is their highest run-scorer with 392 runs at a strike rate of 140 so far. Ishan Kishan who was promoted up the order has been very handy for the side with some quick runs at the top and has accumulated 362 runs in 9 innings so far.
Suryakumar Yadav coming in at 3 proved as to why he is a quality player after a match winning knock against RCB. On the other hand, DC’s opening pair has been vulnerable to the new ball. Despite Shikhar Dhawan having a good season with 471 runs, 2 tons and a strike rate of 147.64, he hasn’t got support from the other end.
While Prithvi Shaw has 209 runs in 10 innings, Ajinkya Rahane who replaced him hasn’t created any impact with 51 runs in 5 games. Captain Shreyas Iyer hasn’t really unleashed this season despite contributing 389 runs at No.3
Middle order and All-rounders: MI > DC
MI’s middle order has always taken the team across the line when the top order failed. The likes of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya can take away the game from any opposition. Even though Pandya hasn’t been consistent, he has stepped up in crucial games scoring 241 runs at a strike rate of 174.63.
On the other hand, they have a beast in Kieron Pollard who can take on any attack. The West Indian has accumulated 218 runs in 9 innings at a superior strike rate of 200.00. As far as Krunal is concerned, he has constantly bowled 4 overs and can slog in the death.
The DC’s concern has been their middle order for a while now. Rishabh Pant hasn’t looked like himself after coming back from an injury but has managed to score 253 runs at an inferior strike rate of 115.00.
Shimron Hetmyer has been a liability to the team with just 127 runs in 8 innings and never looked comfortable in the middle. Marcus Stoinis has been ineffective after some really good performance up front. The Aussie will have to do a better job if DC have to qualify for the next stage.
Bowlers: DC > MI
Even though MI have the services of top-class bowlers, they have leaked a lot of runs barring Jasprit Bumrah. On the other side, DC have had two worrying bowling performances but the side is confident of correcting the mistakes against MI.
They have the service of the best bowler this edition, Kagiso Rabada who has taken 23 scalps in 12 innings at an impressive strike rate of 12.43. He never went wicket less for 25 games straight which was broken against SRH in the last game.
His companion Anrich Nortje has supported Rabada with 15 wickets in 11 games for the side and is looking to step up in the coming games. The spin department which looked solid was made to look sloppy in the last couple of games. It is important for Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel who has combined 17 wickets to get wickets in the middle overs.
For MI, Jasprit Bumrah has carried the attack even when his compatriots misfired. He has been their leading wicket taker with 20 wickets in 12 innings at a strike rate of 14.40. Trent Boult has been a little sloppy these days and has been on the expensive side. He has 17 wickets in 12 innings at an economy of 8.38.
The third pacer James Pattinson has lost the sheen after the return and was taken to cleaners in the death. The lone spinner Rahul Chahar has done his job in the middle overs that has put him in 2nd spot for most wickets for MI. He has 14 wickets in 12 games at an economy under 8.
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals prediction and betting : Schedule, Pitch report and Predicted Winner
The match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians is scheduled in the Dubai International stadium on 31st October. The live streaming of match will start at 3.30PM IST. The surface in Dubai has looked to assist the slower bowlers and eases out as the game goes on.
The predictions and betting sites have predicted a comfortable win for Mumbai Indians in this match.