Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have a chance to make history when the two sides meet in IPL 2020 final on Tuesday.
After a gruelling 52-day schedule in the bio bubble, Dream11 IPL 2020 is set to be concluded on November 10. The two best teams of the season are set to battle it out in the final at Dubai International Stadium. Mumbai Indians (MI) will be looking to win a record fifth IPL title, while Delhi Capitals (DC) will be looking to win a maiden title.
MI was the best team during the league phase of the season. They finished first in the table with 18 points, playing a brilliant brand of cricket throughout the campaign. Mumbai comprehensively defeated Delhi in the first qualifier to book a place in the final. They come into the last game of the season with a 100 percent head to head record against Delhi this year.
DC started the campaign on a promising note, finishing the first half of the season at the top of the league table. However, the form of Delhi plummeted in the second phase of the tournament. They managed to qualify for the playoffs courtesy of a strong start to the season. It has been heartbreak for DC on three occasions on MI this season, so they face a big psychological and sporting test on Tuesday.
Mumbai has been in good batting form throughout the season. Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, and Surya Kumar Yadav have been the top scorers for the team in the tournament, while the likes of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya have been consistently providing the finishing touches to the innings. The form of Rohit Sharma has been scratchy, but the Indian batsman has the habit of delivering in big games. It is a formidable batting unit that will need a special effort from DC to stop them from making runs.
DC will be pleased with Shikhar Dhawan’s innings against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier. The southpaw holds the key for Delhi in the batting department. Marcus Stoinis and Shemron Hetmyer will have a big role to play when DC is looking to score quickly. Shreyas Iyer has gone off the boil in the last few games, while Rishabh Pant is yet to score big this tournament. Delhi’s batting has been inconsistent in the second half of the tournament, but on their day, they can beat any opposition.
Kagiso Rabada roared back into form against Hyderabad on Sunday and took the purple cap back from Jasprit Bumrah with a four-wicket haul. The South African bowler has been consistently taking wickets in the death overs but suffered a minor deep at the end of league stages. Along with Anrich Nortje, Rabada will have the responsibility of getting breakthroughs during the innings. Ravichandran Ashwin will have to play the supporting role, delivering tight four overs to put pressure on MI batsmen.
In Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, MI has a formidable pace bowling pair upfront. The former has taken 27 wickets this season, while the latter has chipped in with 22 wickets. Rohit Sharma was confident in the pre-match conference on Monday that Boult will be able to play on Tuesday after suffering a groin injury in the first qualifier. Rahul Chahar went for runs against DC in the qualifier, but he will be crucial for MI in middle overs due to his knack for taking wickets.
Both teams have the best performers of the tournament, so it is going to be a fascinating watch on Tuesday. MI is favourite to lift the trophy as of now due to their consistency this season and a better head to head record against DC. However, it is a final and a clean slate for both teams. After comprehensively beating Hyderabad, Delhi will be riding high on confidence.