From the city of sheikhs and the rich, today, on Tuesday, someone will return as a rosary. After 52 consecutive days of spectacular events without any problems, the day has come when it will be a battle of kingship in Dubai. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will have a chance to lift the trophy for the fifth time, while Delhi Capitals will be desperate to win the title for the first time.
There was a time in the wake of the Corona virus epidemic, when the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) was under threat this season but it was successful. This mahamukabala is expected to be quite exciting given the performances of both teams in the league in Mumbai and Delhi and the presence of more than one match winners.
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Speed will dominate
Both teams have the world’s top class storm bowlers. Especially for Delhi, Kagiso Rabada and Enrich Nortje have been continuously harassing the opposition batsmen at their own pace, while Mumbai also has Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult who take wickets on important occasions with the precise line and length. This season has been dominated by these four in terms of wickets. While Rabada is at the top with 29 wickets, Bumrah is second with 27 wickets and Bolt is third with 22 wickets. Nortje has also taken 20 wickets. In such a match, both the teams will have their own heavy bowlers. Whose pace goes, his pan will definitely become heavy.
Big responsibility on top order
The batting of both teams has remained the same in the tournament so far. Both teams could not find the right opening pair this season but with a united effort they managed to win. Shikhar Dhawan single-handedly took over for Delhi. Captain Shreyas played some good innings in the opening matches but later deviated from the rhythm. On the other hand, for Mumbai, one of the trio of Quinton de Kock, Ishaan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav definitely strengthened the team in every match. Especially in the middle order, Suryakumar did well to overcome the difficulties of the team.
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This can be a game changer
Hardik Pandya (MI): All-rounder Hardik Pandya did not bowl this season but was no less a nightmare for the bowlers. The result of his quick batting in the last over was that Mumbai’s team was able to score huge scores on sight. He has scored 278 runs in 13 matches, with an unbeaten top score of 60 runs.
Kieran Pollard (MI): Like Hardik, Pollard in his familiar style managed to bat stormy for the team this season. Pollard used to play balls less, but scored runs so that the team would be safe in the match. Also contributed from the ball when the opportunity arose. Pollard scored 259 runs in 15 matches. He also captained 4 matches.
Shikhar Dhawan (DC): Opener Shikhar slowed down the start but then caught the pace to give wings to the team too. Shikhar, the only batsman to score two centuries this season, did not get support from the other end while opening the innings but he definitely strengthened the team with his experience. He scored a total of 603 runs in 16 matches which includes 2 centuries.
Marcus Stonis (DC): If the Delhi team reached the final for the first time in the IPL, then this Australian all-rounder has a big contribution. Stynes made significant contributions to the team at crucial times, if needed, with the bat and not with the ball. Especially in the last overs. He scored 352 runs in 16 matches and took 12 wickets.
Head to head
A total of 27 matches have been played between Mumbai and Delhi so far, of which Mumbai has won 15 while the Capitals team has won 12 matches. Talking about matches at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, so far this match has had 23 matches of the 13th season in which a total of 8377 runs have been scored. There were a total of 309 sixes and 683 fours on this ground.
Expected Playing – XI
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Karen Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar and Jaspreet Bumrah.
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Praveen Dubey, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Enrique Nortje.