IPL 2020 Final Preview: Formidable MI stands between DC and its maiden title dream

The Delhi Capitals will look to seal its first-ever IPL title, while the Mumbai Indians will aim to add a record-extending fifth trophy to their glittering cabinet.

Rohit Sharma's (left) Mumbai Indians possesses a great record against Shreyas Iyer's (right) Delhi Capitals, having registered comfortable victories on the three occasions the sides have met this season.   -  SPORTZPICS/BCCI

And then there were two. After more than 50 days of hectic action, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians have sliced through the pack to battle in Tuesday’s final, at the Dubai International Stadium.

The occasion is especially sweet for DC, which makes its first appearance in an IPL title match. In opener Shikhar Dhawan, pacer Kagiso Rabada and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis — the heroes of the victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 — DC has three pure match-winners.

Dhawan is 67 runs behind K.L. Rahul in the race for the Orange Cup, while the fiery Rabada is leading the wickets chart. Stoinis, who achieved only moderate success in previous seasons with other teams, has elevated his game. Promoted to open on Sunday, Stoinis made a quick 38 before picking up three crucial wickets to scuttle the SRH chase.

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With cerebral spinner R. Ashwin and speed merchant Anrich Nortje also in the ranks, DC boasts of a highly skilful bowling unit.

If DC is a newcomer to the bright lights, MI is the cool, confident veteran. A four-time champion, making a sixth final appearance, MI has ‘been there, done that’. The only thing the side hasn’t managed is a title win in an even year, something it will look to set right on Tuesday.

MI possesses a great record against DC, having registered comfortable victories on the three occasions the sides have met this season. The most recent win, which came just a few days ago in Qualifier 1, will surely haunt DC.

After Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya blasted MI to 200, DC stumbled in embarrassing fashion. The team lost the first three wickets without putting a run on the board and eventually rolled over, losing by 57 runs.

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Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, who scalped six wickets between them in the DC wipeout, form the best new-ball pair in the IPL. If they hit the mark on Tuesday, DC could once again fall out of contention even before the PowerPlay is completed.

MI’s batting line-up is no less impressive. Suryakumar, de Kock and Kishan have been consistent, all making in excess of 450 runs this season. Hardik and Kieron Pollard are devastating at the death, more than capable of repairing any early damage. And then there is skipper Rohit Sharma, who may have had an average run thus far, but is too good a talent to be taken lightly.

Squads:

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn , Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Daniel Sams, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Mohit Sharma, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Rishabh Pant, Alex Carey, Shimron Hetmyer, Tushar Deshpande, Anrich Nortje

 

FINAL

Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals

November 10, Tuesday

Dubai International Stadium, 7.30pm onwards

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