In what is expected to be a close contest, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians (MI) will be fighting it out with Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals (DC) in the first qualifier of IPL 2020 on Thursday. The match will be held at Dubai International Cricket Stadium and the winner will secure a position for the final.
The team losing the match will get another chance to compete with the winner of the second qualifier between Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
IPL 2020 campaign of MI vs DC
Notably, the Mumbai Indians started their IPL 2020 campaign with a loss against Chennai Super Kings. But, after that, it had an incredible run and won nine out of the 13 matches to occupy the top slot on the points table.
However, for the Delhi Capitals, it was a mixed season and the team had its own ups and downs. The Shreyas Iyer-led unit marched their way to 14 points, bagging 7 wins from their first 9 games. But then, had a tumble of sorts, losing 4 successive games. However, they returned to winning ways in their last league-stage game against RCB to finish second on the points table.
This is the third time when these two sides are facing each other in this tournament.
In their first outing, MI defeated DC by five wickets on the back of Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav’s fifties. The second meeting was more a one-sided affair as MI rode Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult’s three-wicket hauls and Ishan Kishan’s 72-run blitz to seal a nine-wicket win.
DC, who are coming into this game following a “confidence-boosting win” against RCB, though, will be out to make amends and deny MI a hat-trick of wins.
MI rested the pace-bowling duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult for their final league-stage game against SRH. But the two will be back in action for the clash against DC. While the two have scalped 43 wickets between this season, they were also at the centre of MI’s win, picking three wickets each, when the team last faced DC.
If MI have Bumrah and Boult at their disposal, DC have Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in their arsenal. The South African pacers have scalped 44 wickets from 14 matches.
As far as batting is concerned, Rohit, with his skill and proven batting record, will always remain a threat for any opposition. But, MI also have the likes of Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard in their ranks.
Coming to DC, Shikhar Dhawan, following a mini-dip in the form after registering four successive fifty-plus scores, including two hundreds, has returned to form, scoring a match-winning half-century against RCB.
DC will be also pleased to see how Ajinikya Rahane performed against Virat Kohli and Co. While the two are expected to hold their position in the middle-order, DC will be hoping that their skipper Shreyas Iyer and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant set the stage on fire in Qualifier 1.
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