The word miracle has become synonymous with the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians as they try to make another fairy-tale entry into the playoffs despite having a poor start.
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The defending champions led by Rohit Sharma had the worst start to the season with just two wins out of their first eight games. However late surge and their four wins in five games in the later part of the season have opened the doors of the playoffs for them.
Mumbai had already known that they would be facing Delhi on the ultimate league match day and had previously hoped for some results to go their way.
When Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday May 19, Mumbai were given the lifeline as they knew that the win against bottom-placed Delhi will be enough for them to secure the fourth place.
However one should not underestimate the Delhi team on the basis of the league standings. Although they have won just four games, they have already proved they are not to be taken lightly.
On last Friday, when they faced the second-placed Chennai Super Kings, they put on a brilliant performance and handed the Men in Yellow a thumping loss.
It had been another disappointing season for the Delhi Daredevils team and would definitely try to leave some mark on the last day of their tournament.
They could just have the remaining spark left in them and play as the perfect anti-hero to dump Mumbai out of the competition.
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DD Predicted Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (wk), Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Abhishek Sharma, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane
MI Predicted Playing XI: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting/Akila Dhananjaya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan