Many small battles are expected to unfold when the season’s two most consistent teams — Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals — cross swords in a clash of equals in the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.
Be it a potent top-order, a strong middle-order or a lethal bowling attack, there is hardly anything that separates the two sides.
If at all one team has a slight upper hand in any department, it’s the experience in Mumbai Indians’ pace bowling arsenal. Both Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, with years of experience behind them, could be the difference in the most sought-after contest of this edition.
It means that Shikhar Dhawan will have to strive harder to give the Capitals a solid start. The left-handed batsman has got starts in the last few games but needs a bigger innings under his belt and if it comes in a big contest, Capitals will have gained a lot.
In a way, young Prithvi Shaw and the in-form Rishabh Pant will face their first stiff test when they face Bumrah and Boult, who can trouble any batsman with their pace and accuracy.
The good news for Capitals is Shimron Hetmyer getting his touchback with the innings against Rajasthan Royals on Friday. He seemed to be the only weak link in Capitals’ ranks but his six-laden knock against Royals has removed that worry.
Capitals’ skipper Shreyas Iyer has been very impressive so far both as a batsman and as the leader of the pack. It will be interesting to see how he uses his resources against his in-form counterpart Rohit Sharma and his smashing middle-order due of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard.
They can change the complexion of the game within minutes and handling them will be the key. Krunal Pandya, too, is capable of conjuring up cameos that can turn things around for Mumbai Indians.
Iyer has the exciting South African pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortze to do the job in that department. The guile of Ravichandran Ashwin further adds sting to Capitals’ attack.
Axar Patel has nicely settled into the side after he replaced the injured Amit Mishra. His all-round ability is another plus for the Capitals.
At the big Abu Dhabi ground, a score in the vicinity of 170 is normally par for any other side in the IPL, but for Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, even 200 may not appear safe.
IPL 2020 MI vs DC Head to Head in IPL history
|Played||MI Won||DC Won||Tie||No Result|
|1||2008||2008 IPL||Mumbai||MI||29 runs||Shaun Pollock – MI – 33 (15) and 2/16|
|2||2008||2008 IPL||Delhi||DC||5 wickets||Dinesh Karthik – DC – 56* (32)|
|3||2009||2009 IPL||East London||DC||7 wickets||Ashish Nehra – DC – 2/27|
|4||2009||2009 IPL||Centurion||DC||4 wickets||Virender Sehwag – DC – 50 (27)|
|5||2010||2010 IPL||Delhi||MI||98 runs||Sachin Tendulkar – MI – 63 (32)|
|6||2010||2010 IPL||Mumbai||MI||39 runs||Kieron Pollard – MI – 45* (13)|
|7||2011||2011 IPL||Delhi||MI||8 wickets||Lasith Malinga – MI – 5/13|
|8||2011||2011 IPL||Mumbai||MI||32 runs||Ambati Rayudu – MI – 59 (39)|
|9||2012||2012 IPL||Mumbai||DC||7 wickets||Shahbaz Nadeem – DC – 2/16|
|10||2012||2012 IPL||Delhi||DC||37 runs||Virender Sehwag – DC – 73 (39)|
|11||2013||2013 IPL||Mumbai||MI||44 runs||Dinesh Karthik – MI – 86 (48)|
|12||2013||2013 IPL||Delhi||DC||9 wickets||Virender Sehwag – DC – 95* (57)|
|13||2014||2014 IPL||Sharjah||DC||6 wickets||Murali Vijay – DC – 40 (34)|
|14||2014||2014 IPL||Mumbai||MI||15 runs||Michael Hussey – MI – 56 (33)|
|15||2015||2015 IPL||Delhi||DC||37 runs||Shreyas Iyer – DC – 83 (56)|
|16||2015||2015 IPL||Mumbai||MI||5 wickets||Harbhajan Singh – MI – 2/11|
|17||2016||2016 IPL||Delhi||DC||10 runs||Sanju Samson – DC – 60 (48)|
|18||2016||2016 IPL||Visakhapatnam||MI||80 runs||Krunal Pandya – MI – 86 (37) and 2/15|
|19||2017||2017 IPL||Mumbai||MI||14 runs||Mitchell McClenaghan – MI – 3/24|
|20||2017||2017 IPL||Delhi||MI||146 runs||Lendl Simmons – MI – 66 (43)|
|21||2018||2018 IPL||Mumbai||DC||7 wickets||Jason Roy – DC – 91* (53)|
|22||2018||2018 IPL||Delhi||DC||11 runs||Amit Mishra – DC – 3/19|
|23||2019||2019 IPL||Mumbai||DC||37 runs||Rishabh Pant- DC- 78* (27)|
|24||2019||2019 IPL||Delhi||MI||40 runs||Hardik Pandya – 32 (15)|
Dream11 IPL 2020 MI vs DC Predicted XI
Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Kieron Pollard, Marcus Stoinis, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabadda.