Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium Credit: BCCI/IPL

A young Delhi Capitals side will be eying their first ever IPL final as they take on the defending champions Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 of the Dream11 IPL 2020, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

The winner of this encounter goes straight into the finals while the loser gets another chance as they play the winner of the Eliminator in Abu Dhabi.

Mumbai Indians have had a great campaign this season. After losing their first game against the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai went on to finish the league stages at the top spot of the points table winning 9 out of their 13 matches.

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Meanwhile, the Delhi Capitals had a tournament quiet different from that of Mumbai. They marched their way to 14 points, bagging 7 wins from their first 9 games. But then they lost 4 successive games. However, they returned to winning ways in their last league-stage game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to finish second on the points table to set up a clash against MI in the Qualifier 1.

We bring you some of the talking points going around ahead of this Qualifier 1.

The batting attacks

Both the sides are packed with a heavy bowling unit. The Mumbai Indians opening pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have shared 43 wickets between them this season, while for the Delhi Capitals Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have 44 wickets between them. It will come down to the batting units, whose performance will play a decisive role in the Qualifier 1.

And on the basis of the recent form, Mumbai Indians have a slightly upper hand as their batting line-up seems a bit stable, while the Delhi Capitals line-up has been heavily dependent on Shikhar Dhawan.

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Ravichandran Ashwin’s fitness

Ravichandran Ashwin’s fitness has been a massive concern for the Delhi Capitals as he has been on and off the field throughout the tournament. Even in the last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore he went off the field as soon as he completed his four overs. So it will be very interesting to see whether or not Ashwin is fit to play in the XI.

HEAD–TO-HEAD

Overall (26 matches – MI:14 | DC:12)
MI and DC have fared off against each other 26 times in the IPL so far and MI have a slightly better record against DC with 14 wins out of the 26 played

Recent (Last 5 matches)
MI have a upper hand here as well in the recent head-to-head numbers, with three wins against DC in the previous five matches.
LAST 5 GAMES
MI won by 9 wickets
MI won by 5 runs
DC won by 37 runs
MI won by 40 runs
DC won by 7 wickets

Milestones to lookout for
– Suryakumar Yadav is one match away from his 100th IPL match
– Rohit Sharma is 8 runs away from 4000 IPL runs for MI
– Shreyas Iyer is 79 runs away from 500 runs in IPL 2020
– Ajinkya Rahane is 69 runs away from 3000 IPL runs

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PREDICTED XI
Mumbai Indians: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Rahul Chahar, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Delhi Capitals: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Daniel Sams, 11 Anrich Nortje

MATCH DETAILS
Mumbai Indians
vs Delhi Capitals

Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST

Match can be viewed on the Star Sports Network and the Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription



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