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Delhi Daredevils looking for their first victory in IPL 2013
The game against Mumbai Indians later tonight at Wankhede Stadium is a must win for Delhi Daredevils as they have lost both the games of IPL 2013 so far. With the quality of competition, it would be difficult for the team to make a comeback, if they do not win this game, which wouldn't be an easy task against the strong looking Mumbai team. Mumbai Indians (MI) have won one and lost one game so far.

It is the Delhi Daredevils batting order, which has suffered a great deal in the absence of their main players, such as Kevin Pietersen, Jesse Ryder and Virender Sehwag. Sehwag has missed both the matches so far and his inclusion for today's game is not certain.

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Players such as David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene, Unmukt Chand and Naman Ojha need to take up the prime batting responsibility for Delhi or else they could be in for a hard long season, unlike last year, where they were the best team in the group stages. But, their bowling looks better with Umesh Yadav, Ashish Nehra, Johan Botha and the arrival of Morne Morkel has just strengthened their team. But, it is the batsmen who need to perform and help Delhi mark their first win in the Indian Premier League 2013 season.

Delhi batsmen would not be pleased to hear about the arrival of Lasith Malinga, who would most probably straightaway walk into the Mumbai Indians team. Malinga has been one of the most lethal bowlers in world cricket. MI also has a share of their problems with the batsmen not firing. As of now, it has all been about Kieron Pollard, who has been brilliant. In fact, apart from his batting heroics, it was his splendid catch, which dismissed Dhoni in the last over of their last match, thus helping them win the game. With the bat also he looked in great form.

Mumbai have one of the best teams in the IPL with legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting opening the innings. But, they have not been successful as a pair and the middle order has also failed, so they may have to rethink their strategies about the batting combination and make use of the power plays at the start itself. May be, Pollard needs to bat up the order and make best use of the conditions.

In the head to head matches between the two teams last year, Delhi won both the home and away encounters. When they met at Wankhede stadium last year, it was an easy seven wickets victory. Delhi would like to come up with a similar performance in today's fixture.

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