Delhi Capitals are just a win away from clinching their maiden IPL title and they will be aiming to create history when they take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 final on November 10 in Dubai.
Here we take a top three reasons why DC can beat MI to win their first IPL title:
Formidable pace attack
Delhi Capitals’ bowling, especially the pace attack, has been a revelation this season. In particular, their two South African imports, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been putting on a fast-bowling masterclass in the tournament.
While Rabada is leading the wickets-column, Nortje has been successful in terrifying the batsmen and sending shivers through their spine with his pace and accurate length. While Rabada sits at the top of the chart of leading wicket-takers with 29 scalps from 16 matches, Nortje is sixth on the list with 20 wickets to his name in 15 matches.
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Also, they have cranked up the speedometer with their blistering speed and consistency. Nortje has already delivered the fastest ball in IPL history – a sizzling 156.22 kmph snorter!
Together, the Proteas duo shares 45 wickets between them, which is joint-most in the tournament alongside Jasprit Bumrah-Trent Bolt duo, which has also accounted for 49 wickets.
Rabada and Nortje have emerged as a messiah in the Powerplay overs and as well in death overs for Delhi. Apart from that, they have also been successful in providing breakthroughs to their team and are the go-to bowlers for captain Shreyas Iyer whenever the team is in danger.
The other thing that has been quite impressive about the duo is that they don’t succumb to pressure whenever the opposition attacks them. Even after getting hit for boundaries, both Rabada and Nortje have bounced back stronger.
Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis in form
Dhawan, with 603 runs, and Stoinis, with 352 runs and 12 wickets, have been the two best performers for Capitals. They played a big role in the side’s 17-run victory in Qualifier-2 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday by stitching a 86-run partnership for the first wicket, thus providing a much-needed solid start to the team which they lacked in the presence of out-of-form opener Prithvi Shaw.
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Also, Dhawan’s rich form has been the key to success for Delhi in most of the matches in the tournament. The southpaw earlier became the only batsman to hit two consecutive centuries in the history of IPL and when he gets going, there’s no stopping him. He is also currently the second-highest run-scorer in IPL 2020.
Notably, DC have won most of their IPL 13 matches in which Dhawan has fired and lost many when the opener has failed to perform. So, the onus will be on him to lay the foundation for Delhi’s win in the IPL 2020 final.
Meanwhile, expectations will be high from Stoinis as well in both the batting and bowling department. In the Qualifier 2 against SRH, Stoinis showed that not only he can hit big shots right from the word go, but the Australian all-rounder can also provide crucial breakthroughs when his team need it the most.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s threat against middle order
Ashwin has taken 13 wickets from 14 games giving away 7.72 runs per over. On the face of it, there is nothing striking about those figures. But scratch the surface, you will get a clearer picture. He has struck at the crucial junctures of the match to keep Delhi in the hunt.
Moreover, it’s not easy to score runs against Ashwin and that puts the pressure on opposition batsmen. The lack of boundaries ultimately force the batters to commit mistakes and throw away their wickets.
Even in the Qualifier 1, the veteran offie had taken three wickets within the first 13 overs before Mumbai wriggled out through Hardik Pandya assault in the death overs. Ashwin will have to repeat his feat if Delhi are to go all the way.