Mumbai Indians are the record four-time defending champions of the Indian Premier League. They have so far won four games in six matches, and are currently placed second in the table. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals have won five off six, placed atop the table.
In the clash of table-toppers, defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are all set to take on Delhi Capitals (DC) in Match 27 of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. DC, who are in the hunt for their maiden IPL title, are off to a rolling start, as they are atop the table.
While MI have won four of the six matches so far, DC have won five from the same. MI's two loses have come against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). As for DC, their only loss came against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Let us present the match preview for this clash.
As for the teams, both the sides are heavy in the opposing departments. While MI are a bowling-heavy side, same is the case for DC in their batting unit. Thus, a tight contest is on the cards.
Both the teams are coming off winning performances. Interestingly, both had their last game against the same side, Rajasthan Royals (RR), as the latter was at the receiving end of both.
Both the teams have met each other on 24 occasions and have won 12 apiece. As for their clash in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), both have met once, with DC gaining the upper hand back then. The last match between the two saw MI being victorious.
Weather and pitch report
The temperature is likely to be around 34 degrees, along with 46% of humidity. While dew might play a factor later, the slow track, along with bigger boundaries, is going to give the batsmen a tough time. Nonetheless, anything above 170 would be highly competitive, as the team winning the toss might opt to bat first.
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje.
Batsmen: Rohit (c), Suryakumar, Pandya, Shaw, Hetmyer- Rohit, along with Shaw, would provide the perfect start, while Suryakumar, Pandya and Hetmyer can give stability to the middle-order. Rohit's reliability makes him the skipper.
Wicketkeepers: De Kock, Pant- Both are in the perfect form, as their explosive batting is likely to earn points.
All-rounders: Stoinis (vc)- The Australian has been in fine form, and would undoubtedly continue with it, making him the vice-captain.
Bowlers: Bumrah, Rabada, Chahar- The pace attack of Bumrah and Rabada is sure to dominate, while Chahar's leg-breaks can cause troubles.
Players to watch out
Hetmyer: The Windies batsman can change the landscape of the game on any given day. It wouldn't be wise to ever rule him out.
De Kock: The South African wicketkeeper-batsman has been in decent form with the bat, and would once again play an important role in MI's win. No wonder the team would have its eyes on him.
Pant: The stylish batsman has been going good and would once again be watched out for his hard-hitting batting.
Rabada: The South African is an ideal death bowler, as DC would highly rely on his services and look out to him.
Last Updated 11, Oct 2020, 12:37 AM