In the IPL 2022 game which can go on to decide the playing order for the playoffs, Mumbai Indians lock horns with the Delhi Capitals, with both teams having different objectives from this game. Mumbai would love to win and get off the bottom of the table, whereas for Delhi the equation is very simple: win, and you make the playoffs. Lose and it is adieu.
This game is important for more than one reason because the Royal Challengers Bangalore will be glued to the TV, dearly hoping for a Mumbai win. This game has so much to play for, with the future of three teams in the balance. The IPL cannot get much better than this. This IPL match exemplifies it more than anything.
Mumbai Indians may be at the bottom of the roost this time around, but it seems like the IPL still runs through them. Because at this point in time, they hold the fate of two teams in their hands. They have the entire city of Bangalore, their team, and their fans changing allegiances to Mumbai just for that day.
Mumbai has nothing to lose, and they are just coming on the back of a heart-breaking 3-run loss to the Sunisers in a game that they had at the palm of their hand. But they have an incentive to win this game with a win ensuring that they could move off the foot of the table, and this is enough motivation for the team to perform with their all. Bangalore will sure hope that they give their all.
The Capitals enter this game with a clear equation for them: win and you’re through, lose and you are out. The Capitals did a very good job of dismantling the Punjab Kings in their earlier game, winning two consecutive games for the first time in this tournament. And while that should give them the confidence, they will be wary of the fact that Mumbai will definitely charge at them with nothing to lose.
They have been playing really good cricket in the past few days, even if the results don’t show that. Delhi knows that they have their fate in their own hands, and they will be desperate to make the most of this opportunity given to them.
Out of the 31 matches played between the two sides, Mumbai edge the head-to-head 16-15. Delhi won the previous match this season by 4 wickets.
While Mumbai will approach this game with a sense of having nothing to lose, Delhi will be the overwhelming favourites in this game.
Date and Time
21st May 2022 (Saturday) at 7:30 pm
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai