IPL 2020 Final Preview: MI vs DC - Regrouped Delhi in way of Mumbai's 5th title
It was brave of Delhi Capitals to shake things up in a big match like Qualifier 2, but, as they say, fortune favours the brave.
Why DC stuttered
Delhi have come out a much better team after their victory against Sunrise Hyderabad. The reason why Delhi Capitals had lost their last five matches out of six, including four losses on the trot, before their victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad, was the brand of the cricket they were playing.
Delhi Capitals became one of the first teams to qualify for the IPL 2020 playoffs because they played positive cricket and took the attack to the opposition. However, they tried to play it safe in the second half of the tournament, which cost them.
Back to aggressive mindset
With their backs against the wall, Delhi decided to return to their fearless approach in the last game. They dropped Prithvi Shaw and promoted Marcus Stoinis to open the batting alongside Shikhar Dhawan, which was a great move.
Although, Stoinis departed for 38 off 27 deliveries, he had done his job by setting the pace of the innings. Shikhar Dhawan and Shimron Hetmyer then took Delhi Capitals to 189.
With the ball, Kagiso Rabada, who looked a bit off colour in the last few matches, joined the party, taking four wickets. Stoinis, on the back of his good hit with the bat, pocketed three wickets as Delhi announced themselves, back and running to claim their final berth.
MI ahead in head-to-head
Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians have faced each other thrice in the tournament, twice in the league stage and once in the playoffs and Mumbai have emerged victorious on all the three occasions.
What will give Mumbai Indians confidence, not that they don't already have a lot of it, is that all the three victories were comprehensive. While they won the first league match against DC by 5 wickets, Mumbai registered a 9-wicket victory in their second group game against Delhi. Their victory in Qualifier 1 was as clinical as it gets as the Rohit Sharma-led side beat Delhi by a huge margin of 57 runs to book a playoff berth.
Mumbai on autopilot
Mumbai Indians' campaign is going on autopilot and team does not need to do anything differently. If they play their best cricket on the night, despite Delhi Capitals' resurgence, Mumbai have just too much prowess to get beaten.
The final also brings an opportunity for Rohit Sharma to score big in the most important game of the tournament and stake his claim for the Australia tour.
Pandya, Pollard and Bumrah key
Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard remain key for Mumbai as the finishers. They will expect both Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah to continue picking up early wickets.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Mumbai Indians (MI) - Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Delhi Capitals (DC) - Marcus Stoinis, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
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