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IPL 2020 Match 51 Preview: DC vs MI - First movers Mumbai Indians face potential Qualifier 1 opponents Delhi

Axar Patel (Delhi Capitals)
Axar Patel (Delhi Capitals)

Mumbai Indians have already qualified for the playoffs with 16 points. Opponents Delhi Capitals are also just one win away from qualification.

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MI's top 2 spot almost guaranteed

With Kolkata Knight Riders' defeat to Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians have already qualified for the playoffs. The team is likely to finish in the top two. A win against Delhi would ensure that.

Even if they lose their remaining two matches, they are still likely to make it to Qualifier 1 as with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals slated to play against each other, only one of them can move to 18 points now, and given MI's great NRR, they will remain in top two.

Bumrah back in full flow

Mumbai were clinical in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and registered a 5-wicket victory.

Jasprit Bumrah was sensational for them with figures of 4-1-14-3. Bumrah bowled one maiden over and conceded runs at just 3.50 RPO.

Surya shines

Chasing 165, Mumbai Indians could have been in a spot of bother at 107/4 with Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary and Krunal Pandya back in the hut, but Suryakumar Yadav ensured that there were no further hiccups in the Mumbai run chase.

Yadav played some breathtaking shots. The two which stood out was the cut against Dale Steyn off a back of length delivery and a six over extra cover off Yuzvendra Chahal. The message was loud and clear to the Indian selectors that Yadav was here to stay and would keep on putting the runs on the board until he gets an India cap.

Rohit to rest

Mumbai are likely to miss the services of regular skipper Rohit Sharma who is expected to take one more match off to regain full fitness.

Steep mountain to climb for Delhi

With the way Mumbai are playing, it would be a herculean task for Delhi Capitals to eke out a win. Delhi will have to decide whether they want to give Ajinkya Rahane another game or bring back Prithvi Shaw, who would be raring to go after having been dropped from the playing XI.

Harshal Patel can get the nod

Delhi have now lost three matches on the trot and what began as an aberration is now beginning to give DC a tough time.

The other consideration for Delhi would be to replace pacer Tushar Deshpande who has been expensive in the last couple of matches, probably with Harshal Patel, who did a fine job in the couple of opportunities that he has got. They can also go for Avesh Khan.

Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:

Mumbai Indians (MI)
: Quinton de Kock(wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane/Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande/Harshal Patel/Avesh Khan

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