New Delhi, Apr 26: A thrilling victory against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali must have provided the much-needed boost to Mumbai Indians but hosts Delhi Daredevils still remain favourites when the two teams square off in a return-leg IPL match, here tomorrow.
With tournament reaching mid-way stage, Virender Sehwag's men have looked most compact among the nine sides in the fray and the Daredevils will certainly like to consolidate their position as table toppers.
The last time the two teams locked horns at the Wankhede Stadium, Delhi pacers had steamrolled over the ‘Men in Blue' but that was a match that didn't feature Sachin Tendulkar.
Both teams had contrasting victories in their previous matches.
While Daredevils romped home courtesy a typical Sehwag innings against Pune Warriors, Mumbai Indians had to depend on Robin Peterson's innovations and Piyush Chawla's profligacy to get their campaign back on track.
Even as Tendulkar's form in the two matches, since his comeback from finger injury, has been reassuring, Mumbai Indians' bowling is still a cause of worry with no Lasith Malinga to bowl those menacing toe-crushers at the death.
Skipper Harbhajan Singh's extended ‘wicket-drought' has also affected the team very badly. The veteran of 98 Tests and 229 ODIs has managed only one wicket in seven games so far.
Worse, Harbhajan has been leaking runs regularly and has not contributed well with the bat.
The Daredevils, on the other hand, have been pretty consistent throughout.