IPL 2020, Match 51 preview: DC vs MI- Team analysis, along with Fantasy XI

First Published 30, Oct 2020, 5:38 PM

Delhi Capitals are currently placed in the third spot, as they need a win to seal their playoffs spot. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have already confirmed their position in the playoffs, as they would be eyeing to consolidate the top-two phase, for a better chance at playing the final.

<p>The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has reached its final double-headers phase. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals (DC) would take on defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in Match 51, in Dubai, on Saturday.</p>

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has reached its final double-headers phase. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals (DC) would take on defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in Match 51, in Dubai, on Saturday.

<p>While MI have already sealed their spot in the playoffs, DC would eye a win here to confirm theirs. Furthermore, MI would look to win, to consolidate their place in the top-two. In the same light, we present the match preview.</p>

While MI have already sealed their spot in the playoffs, DC would eye a win here to confirm theirs. Furthermore, MI would look to win, to consolidate their place in the top-two. In the same light, we present the match preview.

<p><strong>Current form: </strong>As for their current state, DC are coming off a loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), while they are winless in their last three matches. For MI, they won their previous clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).</p>

Current form: As for their current state, DC are coming off a loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), while they are winless in their last three matches. For MI, they won their previous clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

<p><strong>Team composition: </strong>Considering their squad composition, DC have a batting-heavy side, with numerous big names in the department. As for MI, they have their specialisation in the bowling department. Thus, an intense clash is on the cards.</p>

Team composition: Considering their squad composition, DC have a batting-heavy side, with numerous big names in the department. As for MI, they have their specialisation in the bowling department. Thus, an intense clash is on the cards.

<p><strong>Head-to-head:</strong> To date, both have clashed hard on 25 occasions, with DC winning 12 and MI winning 13. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), both have met twice, with both winning a piece. They clashed last in Abu Dhabi this season, where MI won by five wickets.</p>

Head-to-head: To date, both have clashed hard on 25 occasions, with DC winning 12 and MI winning 13. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), both have met twice, with both winning a piece. They clashed last in Abu Dhabi this season, where MI won by five wickets.

<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Weather and pitch report:</strong> With temperature likely to be around 32, it would be relatively more relaxed than other days, with a 47% chance of humidity. As for the pitch, it has become batting-friendly, all of a sudden. A total of 170-plus would be competitive.</p>

Weather and pitch report: With temperature likely to be around 32, it would be relatively more relaxed than other days, with a 47% chance of humidity. As for the pitch, it has become batting-friendly, all of a sudden. A total of 170-plus would be competitive.

<p><strong>Predicted XI<br />
DC: </strong>Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tushar Deshpande.<br />
<strong>MI:</strong> Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.</p>

Predicted XI
DC:
Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tushar Deshpande.
MI: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.

<p><strong>Fantasy XI<br />
Batsmen:</strong> Dhawan (vc), Suryakumar (c)- Dhawan is the ideal opening partner with de Kock, while Suryakumar can provide stability to the middle-order. Both are in decent form and are the vice-captain and captain, respectively.<br />
<strong>Wicketkeepers: </strong>Kishan, de Kock (wk), Pandya- De Kock is in fine opening form and would dominate the top-order, while Kishan can stabilise the middle-order. Meanwhile, Pandya can act as a finisher.<br />
<strong>All-rounders: </strong>Stoinis, Ashwin- Both all-rounders are in a great form of late. While Stoinis can perform in both departments, Ashwin can do the same with his spin bowling.<br />
<strong>Bowlers: </strong>Chahar, Rabada, Nortje, Bumrah- Chahar has been performing well with the spin. However, the pacers are likely to have a way on the tracks of Dubai, as they are performing consistently.</p>

Fantasy XI
Batsmen:
Dhawan (vc), Suryakumar (c)- Dhawan is the ideal opening partner with de Kock, while Suryakumar can provide stability to the middle-order. Both are in decent form and are the vice-captain and captain, respectively.
Wicketkeepers: Kishan, de Kock (wk), Pandya- De Kock is in fine opening form and would dominate the top-order, while Kishan can stabilise the middle-order. Meanwhile, Pandya can act as a finisher.
All-rounders: Stoinis, Ashwin- Both all-rounders are in a great form of late. While Stoinis can perform in both departments, Ashwin can do the same with his spin bowling.
Bowlers: Chahar, Rabada, Nortje, Bumrah- Chahar has been performing well with the spin. However, the pacers are likely to have a way on the tracks of Dubai, as they are performing consistently.

<p><strong>Players to watch out<br />
Pant:</strong> The wicketkeeper-batsman was in good form a few matches back, before being out for a brief time due to injury. As he is back, fans would expect him to go all guns blazing again.<br />
<strong>Chahar:</strong> Chahar has been making a good impact for the side with his spin. Consequently, it would be interesting to see how he fares on the new-look track of Dubai.</p>

Players to watch out
Pant:
The wicketkeeper-batsman was in good form a few matches back, before being out for a brief time due to injury. As he is back, fans would expect him to go all guns blazing again.
Chahar: Chahar has been making a good impact for the side with his spin. Consequently, it would be interesting to see how he fares on the new-look track of Dubai.