Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians: Who will come out on top in the clash of heavyweights?
Heavyweights is not a title that is generally associated with the Delhi Capitals’ squad, but such has been their form in IPL 2020 that it almost feels like an understatement.
The two most consistent teams of IPL 2020 in Delhi Capitals (DC) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will face each other in the second game of today’s double header to claim a position at the top.
Delhi and Mumbai, with 5 and 4 wins in 6 games respectively, have dominated in the tournament so far led by their respective pace attacks. Different players have contributed to the team in times of need, and hence helped them gain confidence and points in the league.
Marcus Stoinis has bailed DC out from difficult situations more than once, the same can be said about Keiron Pollard. Shimron Hetmeyer, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya are the few players from both sides who have contributed at the time of need.
What has stood out most for the two teams are their pace attacks. Kagiso Rabada, playing for DC, has a staggering 15 wickets in 6 games, and Anrich Nortje has provided him with good support. Nortje has 8 wickets under his belt. To provide support to the pacers, both Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel have been brilliant with the ball.
For MI, the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and James Pattinson has been wonderful with 11, 10 and 9 wickets under their name. They have done so well that Mumbai have not felt the absence of Hardik Pandya in the bowling attack. The all-rounder, recovering from an injury, has not bowled in the tournament so far. The three pacers have been given good support by Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya and Keiron Pollard.
The game, at the end, will be decided by whichever bowling unit performs up to its potential, and how the batters go about navigating the leaders of the respective attacks.
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar/Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje