It’s the big day here in Dubai as defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Delhi Capitals in the grand finale of IPL 2020. While Mumbai will play for the fifth title, Delhi will aim for their maiden trophy. Incidentally, it is also their first final in the history of the competition.
Coming into the summit clash, Delhi Capitals have thrice faced Mumbai Indians this season and have been beaten comfortably each time. A lot will depend on how they overcome the Trent Boult threat against the new ball. The top order’s vulnerability against swing has twice pushed Delhi to a point of no return just in the powerplay against Mumbai this season.
The promotion of Marcus Stoinis at the top has worked well for them and will add a new dimension to this contest. The bowlers led by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will also have to be in their particular best to keep the Mumbai Indians batters under check.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians have functioned like a well-oiled machine. Their biggest strength is their middle-order which boasts the likes of Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard. More often than not, one from the trio has performed and the scoring rate is 12.68 in the last four overs which has boasted Rohit Sharma & Co.
The bowling has also been one of the best in the business for Mumbai in the presence of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. They have done exceedingly well and will look to play their best game for one final time in the tournament.
IPL 2020: Final – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals at Dubai International Cricket Stadium from 7:30 PM IST
Delhi Capitals have shown that they have a clear preference for defending targets while Mumbai have been adept at both. Toss will play an important role and teams will look to chase.
Predicted Playing XI
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Pravin Dubey/Harshal Patel
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Match Prediction – Who will win the match?
Mumbai Indians have dominated whenever both these teams have faced each other in IPL 2020. Rohit Sharma & Co have won on all three occasions and are likely to defend their title beating Delhi Capitals four times on a trot considering their current performance.
However, Delhi also have a slight chance going by the law of averages.