Defending champions Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bat first against Delhi Capitals in match 13 of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League. Both teams made a few changes to their lineup for the game.
Mumbai made only one change for the evening - Jayant Yadav in for Adam Milne. Given the presence of two left-handed batting options in the top lineup - Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant - they brought in Jayant - a ploy they used in the final last year. In his IPL career, Jayant has picked six wickets, all left-handers. Delhi have added a third to the lineup by including Shimron Hetmyer. However, Rohit explained that the conditions forced the change.
"We've made one change purely because of the conditions - Adam Milne misses out and we've got Jayant Yadav. This pitch looks a lot more drier compared to the last few games. It's important we focus on little things," said Rohit after winning the toss.
Delhi also made a tactical change bringing in Amit Mishra in place of left-arm pacer Lukam Merimala. Mishra has dismissed Rohit six times and Ishan Kishan twice while having a decent record against Quinton de Kock.
"We spoke we shouldn't think much of the toss. We wanted to bat first, obviously. Two changes: Hetmyer and Amit Mishra come in. Meriwala and Woakes are out," siad Pant.