After witnessing a plethora of humdingers, damp squibs, heartbreaks, and some pulsating performances with both bat, ball as well as in the field, we are finally down to the summit clash of the Dream11 IPL 2020. And, the grand finale will see usual suspects in four-time champions Mumbai Indians square off against the first-time finalists in the Delhi Capitals in Dubai on Tuesday.
MI has had a nice break after winning the Qualifier against DC. Its performance in that match was absolutely perfect and don’t think there is going to be any change in the playing eleven. The batting has plenty of depth in power, something that DC is going to find it hard to match. Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan have been in terrific form. All three of them are among the top-8 scorers of IPL 2020. Interestingly, Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock have the exact same total of 483 runs and will be eyeing 500 for sure. Rohit Sharma has been a bit out of form but it is difficult to look past him. He could use this IPL final to lay to rest any doubts about his fitness. But MI has scored close to 100 runs in the last five overs multiple times and so it can be never counted out, even after a poor start.
MI’s batting was strong, its bowling is even stronger! Jasprit Bumrah has 10 wickets in his last three games and is in prime form. He and Trent Boult are second and third on the list of top wicket-takers this season. Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Nathan Coulter-Nile ensure that there is never an easy over for the opposition to target. MI has been the best team of IPL 2020 by far. It is not, however, unbeatable. It was just two matches back that MI was beaten by 10 wickets although a lot of its first-choice players were missing.
The Delhi Capitals have been excellent this season but ended up losing form at just the wrong time. It has lost five out of its last seven matches. More importantly, it has lost two out of its last four matches against the Mumbai Indians. It is going to take something special for DC to be able to win this match and they will need to think about something out of the box like what they against SRH.And DC’s batting has been unsteady in recent matches. Shikhar Dhawan has carried much of the load and will need to put up another big effort in the IPL final. Marcus Stoinis opened the batting against SRH and we expect to see him there once more. This will allow DC to play with Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, and Rishab Pant in the middle. Ajinkya Rahane played in the previous match but did not really play a role. He could be used as a floater if DC loses an early wicket.
DC has some obvious strengths. It has a very good bowling attack led by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. The two South African pacers are going to need to come hard at the MI batsmen. We saw that MI attacked every single DC bowler in the previous match and put them off their lengths. The same effort will no doubt be made in this match too. However, Ravi Ashwin, Axar Patel, and a combination of Marcus Stoinis and Praveen Dubey will challenge any batting lineup. The spinners are going to be challenged but if DC can take some early wickets it should be able to make their life easier.
Possible playing XI of Mumbai Indians :
Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Hardik Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Mumbai Indians squad :
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Digvijay Deshmukh, Aditya Tare (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Chris Lynn, Hardik Pandya, Sherfane Rutherford, Anmolpreet Singh, Mohsin Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Trent Boult, Jayant Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson
Possible playing XI of Delhi Capitals :
Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Pravin Dube.
Delhi Capitals squad :
Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Tushar Deshpande, Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams.