IPL 2020 final MI vs DC: The stakes are very high for both Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals as both teams clash for the fourth time which is also the last time of Indian Premier League season on Tuesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The Shreyas Iyer-led side will be looking for their maiden IPL title and will leave no stones unturned to come on top. Defending Champions MI, on the other hand, are chasing their fifth trophy.
While Rohit Sharma-led side will take to the pitch as the favourites, DC have shown that they should not be taken lightly.
Good news for the Capitals is their experiment of promoting to Marcus Stoinis as an opener has worked well. MI, meanwhile, will be hoping that their lead bowler Trent Boult gets fit ahead of the important clash.
Besides all this, fans can expect some big rivalries coming to life in the ultimate showdown. Here are top battles that can take place in IPL 2020 final.
1) Shikhar Dhawan vs Rohit Sharma
Shikhar Dhawan is the only batsman after KL Rahul to cross the 600-run mark and period. The staggering runs this season that have come from the Capitals’ batsman have been insane. Don’t forget his back to back centuries. Dhawan loves playing fast bowlers and it will be interesting to see how he tackles Bumrah and Boult attack. If he manages to play the first three overs of power play, expect another desert storm in Dubai.
Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, has not been at his best. The Indian vice-captain has struggled with injury this season, and had to miss the last four games before making a comeback against SRH in the last league competition. But it would still be naive to count him out. Rohit is the best Indian batsmen to play short balls. If he clicks, Rabada and Nortje can have a horror night on Tuesday. Moreover, besides fans, even BCCI will keep a close watch on him ahead of India tour of Australia.
2) Jasprit Bumrah vs Kagiso Rabada
Bumrah is having the best time of his career this IPL season. He has 27 wickets and will be battling for the purple cap finish. The most lethal bowler with the new ball as well as death, he has been key to MI’s near-flawless performance in IPL 2020. He will once again be an important figure for MI’s early success with the ball, especially in the powerplays.
Meanwhile, Rabada is Mr consistent when it comes to the tournament, having picked up at least one wicket in each of his last 20 IPL games. It’s a stat that will take some time to be beaten! Rabada can bowl the bouncers and the yorkers, and will be against MI’s top-order. If he can tackle Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, DC will have one foot at the finish line for certain.
3) Ashwin vs Rahul Chahar
Ravichandran Ashwin has been the silent killer for DC this season. He has chipped 13 wickets from 14 games giving away 7.72 runs per over. On the face of it, these figures are not very appealing. But scratch the surface, and you will get the bigger picture. He has been Iyer’s go-to man in the power play overs, especially when Rabada or Nortje are struggling to break a partnership. He will once again be a key player for the Capitals’ spin bowling attack.
One might not consider Rahul Chahar as a serious attack, but have a look at his contribution in the middle overs and you might change your mind. With 15 wickets in 15 games at an economy of 8.16. DC batsmen should be careful when they think twice before taking on the leg spinner head-on in Dubai.
4) Shreyas Iyer vs Suryakumar Yadav
Once again, fans will be hoping that their struggling captain Shreyas Iyer finds his form and give that extra cushion to DC’s top order. The 25-year-old has scored 454 runs at a strike rate and average of 122.37 and 30.26 respectively. He will be a crucial player to anchor the innings, if the DC’s opening pair crumbles against MI’s pace attack.
Suryakumar Yadav aka SKY, on the other hand, has been in great form. He has scored 461 runs at a strike rate and average of 148.23 and 41.90 respectively. With Rohit back, he will once again take the responsibility of the middle-order and anchor the innings to help MI reach big totals.