Venue: The Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Mumbai (Capacity – 8,250)
Date: 21st January
Time: 2000 Hours
Broadcaster: ESPN (English Commentary) and Star Cricket (Hindi Commentary)
The Mumbai Magicians take on table toppers Delhi WaveRiders for the second game of the tournament between the two teams on Monday. Delhi won the first contest narrowly after Mumbai’s Sandeep Singh wasted a last minute penalty stroke for the Magicians to give Delhi a 2-1 win. Since that match Delhi has drawn a match away to the high flying UP Wizards whereas Mumbai are yet to taste victory. The signs are ominous for the Dabur-owned franchise who conceded three late goals to turn a much needed win into a sour loss. Delhi on the other hand, look to be getting into their rhythm and the midfield has worked very hard to provide support to a rather inexperienced defence.
Players to look out for:
Mumbai: Sandeep Singh – The Marquee player of the Mumbai Magicians is starting to look dangerous from the Penalty corners once again, having already scored twice in three matches. He has also worked hard on the defensive side of his game to provide much needed stability at the back. Captain Liam De Young is another player Mumbai will be hoping has his A-game against the WaveRiders after their horrific collapse versus Punjab.
Delhi: Sardara Singh – The Anchorman of the Delhi midfield, the midfielder has formed a strong partnership in the middle alongside Dutch star Tim Jenniskens. Delhi will once again be banking on Sardara’s crisp and accurate passing. South African Lloyd Norris Jones will keep the hands of the Mumbai defenders full and the ever moving Walmiki, Chandi and Mujtaba should prove tough to cope up with.
No major concerns for any team whatsoever, Delhi’s Taeke Taekema remains the only long term absentee.
Mumbai - Ric Charlesworth (Australia)
Delhi - AK Bansal (India)
Score Prediction: It will take something special from this Mumbai team to beat Delhi, especially after the manner of their loss against Punjab. I’ll go with a 2-1 Delhi win.
Did You Know: Mumbai are now the only team yet to win a match, they have suffered three consecutive defeats so far.