Six more matches to go and three more spots for the grab. Have you ever seen a closer finish to the Indian Premier League? The IPL 2020 amid all the delay and obstacles has turned to be a tournament to remember. The last set of the double- header weekend will kick start with the Shreyas Iyer led Delhi Capitals taking on the table toppers Mumbai Indians. The 51st match of the IPL 2020 is scheduled to take place at the Dubai International Stadium.
The Delhi Capitals are on a three match losing streak and are placed 3rd on the points table but they would not want to take things till the end and will look to seal their spot in this encounter. While, the defending champions Mumbai Indians find themselves comfortably placed at the top of the table. MI are the only team to qualify for the play- offs and the result here would not affect them much. Said that, they will be looking to continue their winning momentum.
The previous encounter between these two sides went in favor of the Men in Blue. The coin fell in favor of DC and they chose to bat first. Their opener Prithvi Shaw was dismissed cheaply, but with a half-century by their opener- Shikhar Dhawan and sensible innings of 42 by the captain Shreyas Iyer ensured the team reached a decent total of 162. But with the kind of batting line-up the four time champions possess, the score was never enough and their opener Quinton de Kock and star middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav made it look easy, as MI ended on the winning side by 5 wickets.
The Capitals come into this match on the back of a huge 88 runs defeat against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. DC were completely clueless in the chase of a whopping 219 scored by the SRH. While, the MI will feel much more confident as they had a clinical win over the RCB side as they managed to chase down the score of 164 with 5 wickets in hand and 5 balls to spare.
Mumbai Indians have made sure their campaign will last for one more week. Can the Delhi Capitals ensure their berth as well by winning this encounter?
Match Toss Time: 13:30 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 14:00 Local (15:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
The conditions are ideal for cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the day. The temperatures have been declining as well over the past few days, the temperature is expected to be hovering in the range of 27-29 degree mark. While, the humidity is expected to reach a maximum of 58 percent.
The pitch in Dubai has been on the slower side as the ball seems to be sticking to the pitch at times. But the due has been a vital role in the last few games and has helped the chasing team considerably. Said that, a score of 170 plus still seems a winning total.
Delhi Capitals have not reported any injuries. Though, their batsmen seem to be struggling to get going in the last few matches, they do have a world-class line-up. With Ajinkya Rahane not being able to get going, the young opener Prithvi Shaw could make his return to the playing Xl.
The Mumbai Indians on the other side would be more than happy to feature the same Xl that won them the game against the Bangalore side. Said that, the fact that they have already qualified for the play-offs could give them a chance to check out their bench strength.
Probable Playing Xl
Delhi Capitals (DC): Ajinkya Rahane/Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande
Mumbai Indians (MI): Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
DC vs MI Fantasy Team
Quinton de Kock(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Captain Picks: Suryakumar Yadav (MI), Kagiso Rabada (DC)
Vice- Captain Picks: Jasprit Bumrah (MI), Shreyas Iyer (DC)
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