Vying for their fifth title, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) are set to lock horns with a refurbished Delhi Capitals (DC) in the much-awaited IPL 2020 final at Dubai International Stadium. After over seven weeks of the T20 extravaganza, it has boiled down to this — the sturdy defending champions taking up an optimistic Delhi aspect. While MI have already got six appearances in IPL finals, this would be the first time when the world will witness Delhi’s presence in the summit conflict.
Playing their first-ever final, Shreyas Iyer’s brigade will probably be hoping to obtain the ‘unbelievable’ towards essentially the most profitable IPL franchise. While the Mumbai camp will probably be hoping to add one other feather in their already illustrious hat.
Both sides have had contrasting journeys in this ‘uncommon’ IPL season. MI reached the finals profitable 10 out of their 15 video games. DC, however, cruised to the finals regardless of a droop in the previous couple of video games.
After dropping towards MI in the primary Qualifier, the Delhi batting unit, led by veteran Shikhar Dhawan, got here again strongly in the Eliminator. Delivering when it mattered essentially the most, DC outclassed SunRisers Hyderabad in the do-or-die conflict to throw down the gauntlet towards MI another time.
Though the Capitals have suffered three defeats towards the four-time IPL champions this season, they possess the calibre of outdoing any opposition. However, will probably be an uphill activity for DC to topple the defending champions, contemplating their depth and expertise of taking part in ‘high-pressure’ finals.
Quinton de Kock‘s panache has a foil in Rohit Sharma’s type though proving a degree to one and all about his hamstring damage would even be on the Indian’s thoughts.
Suryakumar Yadav’s (60 boundaries and 10 sixes) epic “I am there” gesture after a league recreation towards RCB is now part of the MI folklore and the elegant manner of dealing with quick bowlers has solely exponentially elevated his fan-base. Ishan Kishan, in his 5 and a half ft body, has managed to hit an astounding 29 sixes while Kieron Pollard is a bonafide legend with 190 plus strike-rate.
If Kagiso Rabada (29 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (20 wickets) eliminate this lot, DC can have to cope with the Pandya brothers — the cool Krunal and the flamboyant Hardik — each of whom are imposing and able to putting muscular hits.
Shikhar Dhawan (603 runs), who has loved his finest IPL, can have to do one thing out of the bizarre to sort out the yorkers from Jasprit Bumrah and people vicious incoming deliveries from Trent Boult, which is able to tail in on the final second.
The second qualifier confirmed that they’ve considerably discovered their ideally suited mixture with Marcus Stoinis‘ all-round recreation (352 runs and 12 wickets) and talent to open the innings bringing in the required steadiness.
Shimron Hetmyer‘s six-hitting prowess may also be required contemplating that Iyer and Rishabh Pant have not precisely fired for the higher a part of the event.
Another massive issue for the Capitals may very well be Ravichandran Ashwin’s high quality as a Powerplay operator. The little battles between in-form gamers are going to be attention-grabbing to watch. One uncommon sight for all followers would be the absence of MS Dhoni from the tournament-concluding conflict.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattison, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
Delhi Capitals: 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.
The match begins at 7:30 pm IST.
(With PTI inputs)