A young Delhi Capitals side will be eyeing their first ever IPL title as they take on the defending champions Mumbai Indians in the much awaited final of the Dream11 IPL 2020, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians, eyeing their fifth title, 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 of the points table winning 9 out of their 13 matches, and then went straight into the finals after beating Delhi Capitals comprehensively in the Qualifier 1 on November 5.
The Delhi Capitals took a slightly different route to the finals. 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, which they lost. Delhi Capitals then went on to beat the Sunrisers Hyderbad handsomely in the Qualifier 2 on November 8 to set up their final clash against the Mumbai Indians
As Delhi Capitals take on a confident Mumbai Indians in pursuit of the title, we bring you some of the talking points going around ahead of this Final.
The batting attacks
Both the sides are packed with a heavy and an equally destructive bowling unit. The Mumbai Indians opening pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have shared 49 wickets between them this season, while for the Delhi Capitals Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have as well 49 wickets between them. Therefore, it will come down to the batting units, whose performance will play a decisive role in the Final.
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. However, the promotion of Marcus Stoinis garnering success, along with Shimron Hetmyer coming good down the order in the Qualifier 2, will give the Capitals a lot more confidence going into the finals.
Trent Boult’s fitness
As Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Capitals in the all important final on Tuesday, a massive concern surrounding them is the fitness of their spearhead Trent Boult. The Kiwi left-armer had suffered a groin injury in the Qualifier 1. Trent Boult delivered a double-wicket maiden over to start with, removing Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane in the very first over. Boult registered figures of 9/2 in his 2 overs – but was seen leaving the field afterwards, and never returned during the game. Even in the presentation ceremony, Jasprit Bumrah was seen accepting an award on his behalf.
Now it will be a big blow for the Mumbai Indians if Trent Boult does not manage to make it to the playing XI of the finals
Overall (27 matches – MI:15 | DC:12)
MI and DC have fared off against each other 27 times in the IPL so far and MI have a slightly better record against DC with 15 wins out of the 27 played
Recent (Last 5 matches)
MI have a upper hand here as well in the recent head-to-head numbers, with four wins against DC in the previous five matches.
LAST 5 GAMES
MI won by 57 runs
MI won by 9 wickets
MI won by 5 runs
DC won by 37 runs
MI won by 40 runs
Milestones to lookout for
– Rohit Sharma is 8 runs away from 4000 IPL runs for MI
– Shreyas Iyer is 46 runs away from 500 runs in IPL 2020
– Ajinkya Rahane is 69 runs away from 4000 IPL runs
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/Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Delhi Capitals: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Marcus Stoinis, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Pravin Dubey, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Daniel Sams, 11 Anrich Nortje
Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals
Date – November 10, 2020
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