DC vs MI | Delhi Capitals (DC) and Mumbai Indians (MI) are set to lock horns in Match No.2 of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The Rohit Sharma-led MI are the five-time champions, but they failed to make it through to the playoffs in the previous edition of the tournament.
The Capitals, on the other hand, qualified for the playoffs in their last three seasons. In fact, they played their maiden IPL final in 2020 where they lost to MI at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
In 2021, they finished in the top two, but losses at the hands of champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) led to their elimination from the tournament. However, DC have quite a few reasons to worry about going into their opening match on Friday.
Let’s look at the players who won’t be available for the DC vs MI game
The Capitals will only have two overseas players, Tim Seifert and Rovman Powell to work with in their opening game. It means they mostly have to depend on their Indian players in the match. Fast bowler Anrich Nortje is currently recovering from a hip injury and hasn’t played any form of cricket since the 2021 T20 World Cup. Although he has been cleared of “serious injury” and has started his rehab with the Capitals, he is set to miss the opening encounter.
Australia’s David Warner and Mitchell Marsh are currently in Pakistan for a limited-overs bilateral series. Lungi Ngidi and Mustafizur Rahman are currently serving their mandatory quarantine period after the ODI series between Bangladesh and South Africa.
Fast bowler Jofra Archer, who is recovering from an elbow injury, will miss the contest. In fact, the Barbados-born England pacer will take part in the IPL from the 2023 season onwards after being picked at INR 8 crores in the mega auction.
Suryakumar Yadav may not be a part of the opening game after he underwent rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The batter picked up a hairline thumb fracture during India’s third T20I against the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Yadav has joined the Mumbai-based team after being released by the NCA on Saturday. He was one of the players MI retained ahead of the mega auction on February 12 and 13 in Bangalore.