Delhi Capitals’ IPL 2020 playoff dreams are in trouble after losing their fourth consecutive match. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer had won the toss and elected to bat first. However, Delhi batsmen failed to solve their batting woes as they wilted under relentless pressure from Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah.
While Boult (3/21 in 4 overs) dealt telling opening blows, Jasprit Bumrah (3/17 in 4 overs) broke the backbone of the Delhi Capitals middle-order, choking them to 110 for 9.
MI coasted to victory in 14.2 overs to ensure a top finish in the IPL league table. But it is not good news for DC as the loss has left them in danger of missing out of the playoffs.
Delhi which started on a great note in IPL 2020 and at one point of time was on top of the points table – now can crash out of IPL 2020.
IPL 2020 Playoff Race : How can Delhi Capitals get eliminated from IPL 2020?
DC has 14 from 13 matches. They play Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match. If DC loses that as well, they can crash out of IPL 2020. Losing to Mumbai, especially in less than 15 over, has severely affected their net-run-rate. After 13 games, their NRR is now -0.159 which is below Kings XI Punjab.
- DC need to win match against RCB to qualify
- If they lose, they will almost crash out of the race because of the negative run rate
- KXIP plays CSK – If they win, they will go through at No.3.
- Rajasthan Royals can also go past DC if they beat KKR in their last match
IPL 2020 Playoff Race: Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, captain Shreyas Iyer all struggling for runs
DC’s struggling batting has been a big headache for Ricky Ponting and the entire team management. Be it Prithvi Shaw, Iyer, Marcus Stoinis or even Rishabh Pant, the entire batting department needs to step up to support Shikhar Dhawan.
Iyer has scored 414 runs in 13 games but mostly coming in at No 3, his strike-rate of less than 125 has left a lot to be desired.
Pant has been even worse and with each passing match, his wretched form is perhaps a vindication of Sunil Joshi-led national selection committee’s decision to drop him fro the white-ball squads for the Australia tour.
In 10 games, he has scored only 274 runs at a below-par strike rate of 112.29 and more importantly failed to score a 50 even when he batted at No. 4 in most of the games.
As for Shaw, after starting strong in the first half, he has struggled to cross the single-digit mark in the second part of the season.
Their batting will once against be in light when they face RCB on Monday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in a do-or-die match.