The IPL 2020 Playoffs are here and the teams that get two chances to make the IPL final play each other in Qualifier 1. Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are the two teams competing against each other in Qualifier 1. They are going to be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on the 5th of November 2020.
When it comes to winning high-pressure matches like the playoffs, more often than not the favourites emerge victoriously- and which better team to thrive under pressure than Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians. The final group match that MI played and lost is not something that is going to bother them too much. Yes, the team lost by 10 wickets but it did not have Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, or Hardik Pandya in the playing eleven. All three are expected to back for Qualifier 1 and Rohit Sharma is back in the team as well.
A full-strength MI team has the capability of beating any team on its day. The batting is in good hands with Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav in great form. Rohit Sharma can never be counted out either. Ishan Kishan has been in tremendous knick and the power that Pollard brings is just at a whole different level. The real advantage that MI has is the bowling. Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have been incredible for MI. Both of them are in the top-5 bowlers of IPL 2020 and can be counted upon to bowl at all times of the match.
While Delhi Capitals defeated RCB to enter the playoffs and finished at the second spot, not all is hunky-dory for the Shreyas Iyer-led side. Delhi, barring a few standout performers, haven’t didn’t looked dominating against Bangalore. DC made to its team composition for the previous match. It dropped Shimron Hetmyer and included Daniel Sams to get rid of the problems it was having with its fifth bowler.It also added Ajinkya Rahane for Harshal Patel so that its batting did not suffer. It was a bit of a risky move because Rahane had not performed well in the IPL 2020 but he scored 60 just when it mattered the most. The batting is still a bit shaky, though.
However, Prithvi Shaw and Pant are still DC’s major concerns. In the past couple of weeks, an issue of the fifth bowler or the third pacer has emerged for Delhi, which teams have noticed and targeted. Daniel Sams went for 40 runs versus RCB. But DC’s bowling is excellent. It is presumably going to play Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Ravi Ashwin, and Axar Patel. There is nothing for the batsmen to target and they will have to try and take apart a quality bowler. Small but significant revamp that DC has made. If the batsmen can get their act together, DC could be primed to reach the IPL final for the first time in IPL history.
Possible playing XI of Mumbai Indians :
Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, 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, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
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