Whatever has happened between them in the past, but the situation today is that Bangalore fans have been praying that Mumbai somehow manage to beat Delhi in this fixture today.
That’s because Bangalore currently occupy the fourth and final playoff spot but their net run rate is in the negative. If Mumbai are beaten by the fifth-placed Delhi, then it would be curtains for Bangalore.
Mumbai have fallen below their own fans’ expectations all season but lately they have shown some signs of life, and that could make Bangalore fans a little nervous. Nonetheless, they have lost two of their last three, which makes it 10 defeats for them in the season.
Unlike Bangalore, Delhi have their fate in their own hands. If they win, they will go through to the playoffs. They are in this position, thanks to victories in their last two matches.
Their Aussie allrounder Mitchell Marsh has come alive of late, while his compatriot David Warner has also had his moments all through the season.
Prithvi Shaw will still be unavailable despite having recovered from a typhoid bout and while that would have been a problem usually, Sarfaraz Khan’s hitting in the last game promises to offset that loss.
The biggest concern for Delhi has been the poor form of their captain Rishabh Pant. This is an opportunity for thim to get back among runs and silence his critics.