IPL 2020 final, MI vs DC: Match build-up, injury updates, fantasy picks and predicted lineups

The much awaited final of the Dream11 IPL 2020 is all set to be a blockbuster clash between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the debutant finalists Delhi Capitals. All the predictions, match-ups, fatigue and form goes out of the window when it comes to the finale of the Indian Premier League. After an entertaining 56 matches in the league stage, we have the two super giant metropolitan cities of India lock horns against one another. Mumbai vs Delhi is not just a match when it comes to tomorrow, it is rather a face-off and roller-coaster of emotions between fans of two very contrasting natures that are constantly in the battle to prove their superiority over the other.

Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals less than 4 days ago in Qualifier 1 at the same venue of Dubai in an emphatic win for the four time champions. MI have a fantastic and balanced squad with almost all their players being in great form. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma is very experienced when it comes to a final having won the tournament 4 times in the last 7 editions. Trent Boult is the only player in the MI lineup that has not yet got his hands on the prestigious trophy and hence he will be extra motivated to achieve this milestone in his career. Ishan Kishan would also be eager to play a good knock and overtake David Warner in the orange cap list to finish at no.3 in the list for the most runs this tournament and needs 66 runs in this game to accomplish that.

Delhi Capitals will forget their form which reads that they have lost 4 out of their last 5 matches and go into the game with high confidence after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on Sunday. The change of Marcus Stoinis up the order opening with Shikhar Dhawan looks to be a good one and they will stick with that. Dubey might be asked out to sit for this one with Tushar Deshpande coming in for him, however that change is still uncertain. Kagiso Rabada will battle with Jasprit Bumrah for the purple cap. Rabada is on 29 wickets with Jasprit chasing him on 27 wickets. However, as the South-African has played a couple of games more, Bumrah will be given the purple cap if both the players finish with the same number of wickets in the tournament. They would also have Dwayne Bravo’s record of 32 wickets in a single season in their sight.

Injury updates:

Trent Boult only bowled two overs during Qualifier 1 against the Capitals, and had to go off with a groin strain. Boult bowled in the nets on the eve of the final, and his captain sounded hopeful about his chances of playing the final. “Trent looks pretty good,” Rohit said. “He’s going to have a session today with all of us and we’ll see how he goes. He pulled up pretty well in the last few days so fingers crossed, hopefully he plays.”

Predicted Lineups:

Mumbai Indians: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Trent Boult/James Pattinson, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.

Delhi Capitals: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Marcus Stoinis, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Praveen Dubey/Harshal Patel/ Tushar Deshpande, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 R Ashwin, 11 Anrich Nortje.

Important Stats:

  • One finalist has had a 3-0 record against the other in each of the three previous IPL seasons. The Mumbai Indians overcame their losing streak against the Rising Pune Supergiant to win the 2017 final, while the Chennai Super Kings made it 4-0 over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 and the Mumbai Indians made it 4-0 over the Super Kings last year.
  • Kagiso Rabada currently wears the Purple Cap with 29 wickets, but Bumrah is close on his heels with 27.
  • If he scores 68, Dhawan will overtake KL Rahul’s tally of 670 runs and end the season with the Orange Cap.
  • Four Mumbai Indians batsmen – Kishan (29), Hardik (25), Pollard (22) and de Kock (21) – have hit at least 20 sixes in IPL 2020. No Capitals player has reached that mark, with Stoinis (15) their most frequent boundary-clearer.)
  • Stoinis has scored 352 runs and taken 12 wickets this season. He’s one of only 12 allrounders to complete the 350-10 double in an IPL season. Hardik and Andre Russell did it last year, and Sunil Narine in 2018.
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