A month and a half after starting a tournament steeped in uncertainty. The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is about to end with a much larger focus on cricket action. This in itself would count as the success of the subsequent logical battle in achieving the tournament.
After an entertaining league stage in which teams struggled to try and go up one level to the last level. Despite the presence of some quality individual performances in the second phase, the fairness in competitions has been anticipated. And there is a possibility that the finale may introduce a similar story.
The Delhi Capitals have faced the Mumbai Indians three times this season and beat them comfortably each time. Having beaten all the other teams in the competition at least once, he has shown himself well enough to reach the finals. But how can they break their Mumbai Geeks? This is a big question that will need to be answered if we see the first winner of the title.
Some important factors that are needed to achieve this include how they will overcome the threat of the Trent Bowl against the new ball. The top-order vulnerability against the swing pushed Delhi twice to not just return to powerplay this season. Quoting what Rajasthan Royals did in the first season, if Delhi overcomes this threat, it will be the first step in exposing some of Mumbai’s weaknesses. Thus Marcus Stoinis’ latest success at the top adds a new and untapped dimension to this major competition. Will Delhi be ready to take this aggressive intent a little further by making other changes in the batting order. If needed and give MI a taste of its medicine?
Mumbai’s other major force is the middle order, anointed as an engine-room consisting of two Pandya brothers and Kirron Pollard. More often than not, one of this trio took the game away from opposition in the final overs with a well set top order batsman. The scoring rate of 12.68 in the last four overs is unmatched in the history of IPL. With the bets raised by a side, the important question is how the opposition advances its game.
Yorkers are probably the hardest balls to execute, but if done well, as T Natarajan demonstrated, this engine can also run out of fuel. Delhi got something right against Hardik Pandya in the first qualifier, but the execution-levels were still not at the required level. The focus will be on the execution of Rabada, Nortje and his high-risk but high-reward scheme.
Apart from Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav’s form. Ishan Kishan’s blistering innings and Rohit Sharma’s Dhamak, Jasprit Bumrah connected everyone with the above challenges. And it is clear that Delhi will have to bring their best, and then some to defeat one of the best teams of IPL, if they have to win their first title.
When: Tuesday, November 10 at 19:30 IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Delhi has shown that they have a clear priority to save the target, while in Mumbai both are preferred.
They have little reason to change a combination that works so well just the day before. The only consideration can be brought in an additional paceer in place of Praveen Dubey.
|Marcus Stoinis||Shikhar Dhawan||Ajinkya Rahane|
|Rishabh Pant||Shreyas Iyer – C||Axar Patel|
|Shimron Hetmyer||Enrique Nortje||R Ashwin|
|Praveen Dubey / Harshal Patel||Kagiso Rabada|
With no injury concerns, MI has a systematic line-up that is unlikely to see any major changes.
|Suryakumar Yadav||Quinton de Kock||Kieron Pollard|
|Ishan Kishan||Rohit Sharma – C||Hardik Pandya|
|Nathan Culter Nile||Krunal Pandya||Rahul Chahar|
|Trent Boult||Jaspreet Bumrah|
Some Important Facts
- Kagiso Rabada’s 29 wickets is the second highest tally by a bowler in an IPL edition.
- Jaspret Bumrah had a wonderful season this year with 27 wickets, which is considered to be the highest by an Indian player.
- In the last four IPL seasons, the team that won Qualifier 1 had a 3–0 lead over the winner of Qualifier 2 coming in the final. Changed that record only once when MI beat RPS in the 2017 final.
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