IPL 2020 Match 27 Preview: MI vs DC - Power-packed Mumbai out to stop Delhi's juggernaut
We are yet to reach the halfway mark in the IPL but Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have already begun to distance themselves from the rest. We can thus be looking at a clash of potential finalists here.
Delhi, a cut above the rest
Delhi Capitals have looked a class apart and returned to the top of the points table after their resounding 46-run victory against Rajasthan Royals in their last match. It was not a perfect game for Delhi but only established why they have emerged as a champion side.
Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, who have been doing a fine job for the franchise in the tournament, did not get off the team to a good start. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, who rescue the side more often than not if the openers do not fire, also perished to run-outs.
Determined middle order
The hallmark of a winning team is that someone else raises his hand when the usual suspects don't deliver. In the match against Rajasthan, it was Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer when it came to Delhi's batting.
Stoinis scored 39 off 30 balls but his knock was all the more crucial given that he did not let the runs dry down even when wickets were falling around him. Shimron Hetmyer, too, complemented him shot for shot and struck 45 off just 24 deliveries at a strike rate of close to 190.
Axar Patel's 8-ball 17 cannot be overlooked as it was crucial in getting Delhi Capitals to 184 from their 20 overs.
Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje were then on point as always, sharing four wickets between them. But it was the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel which choked the opposition in the middle overs.
Even their fifth and sixth bowlers Marcus Stoinis and Harshal Patel did a great job as Delhi delivered another complete performance.
Mumbai going strong
If there is any team in the IPL which can stop Delhi right now, it is Mumbai. The team has won four and lost two of their six matches and is packed with big names.
Most MI players in form
Opener Quinton de Kock has now played a couple of good knocks in the season and Rohit Sharma is looking in form as well. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have also contributed in the middle order.
If these four fire, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard are more than capable of taking the team over 200.
With the ball as well, James Pattinson and Trent Boult have ensured that their bowling innings gets off to a good start. MI then have Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar to back up their good work.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Mumbai Indians (MI): Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Harshal Patel
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