In the first Qualifier of IPL 2020, MI will take on DC at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
After 56 matches we are finally into the qualifiers. Mumbai and Delhi have finished as the top two teams and therefore earned the right to take the shortest route possible for the IPL final.
The team to beat in the league stage, four-time winners Mumbai lost a bit of their momentum after a 10-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Delhi Capitals lost both its games against Mumbai Indians and it will be a tough challenge for Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi as Mumbai has been a consistent side and a formidable team, considering Delhi is still looking for some momentum after a string of losses at the later stage in the league matches.
IPL MI vs DC Fantasy playing Tips:
Total matches: 26
MI won: 14
DC won: 12
No result: 0
TOSS: The IPL Qualifier 1 toss between MI and DC will take place at 7 PM IST – November 5.
The star opener, though, perished cheaply against SRH and needs to come good on the big day. However, his mere presence will boost Mumbai along with in-form Ishan Kishan (428 runs), Quinton De Kock (443) and Suryakumar Yadav (410) – Mumbai Indians batting look really formidable.
In bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah (23 wickets) and Trent Boult (20 wickets) Spinners Rahul Chahar (15 wickets) – without any doubt DC will suffer against such a attack.
Shikhar Dhawan (525) has been in blazing form, with two hundreds and three fifties, but will need support from others in a big game.
A major cause of concern is the form of two youngsters — opener Prithvi Shaw (228) and Rishabh Pant (282) — who haven’t lived up to their true potential. So has been the case of their key overseas players — West Indian Shimron Hetmyer (138 runs) and Marcus Stoinis (249 runs).
The stadiums across UAE will be slow and spin friendly. Both MI vs DC Qualifier 1 will expect their spin stars to make the most of the conditions which will be in favour of them.
IPL MI vs DC Qualifier 1: Probable Playing XI
MI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar