Played amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will finally reach its conclusion when defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 final at Dubai on Tuesday. MI, undoubtedly, go in as favourites having been there and done that multiple times in the past. For Delhi, this will be their maiden IPL final. Also, they have lost all three matches played against MI earlier in the tournament. So that definitely makes them underdogs.
Delhi Capitals progressed to their maiden IPL final following an excellent all-round display to stun Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second Qualifier at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Batting first, DC posted an impressive 189 on the back of Shikhar Dhawan’s 78 and crucial contributions from Marcus Stoinis (38 from 27 opening the innings) and Shimron Hetmyer 42 not out from 22 balls.
Mumbai were clinical today, both with the bat and ball as they cruised to their sixth finale. After putting up 200 on the board, Boult and Bumrah bowled fiery spells with the ball, with Bumrah registering figures of 4-14.
It needed the entire duration of 56 matches to decide on the four teams who would make the IPL 2020 play-offs. On rather expected lines, two of the favourites to win the title this year, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, will be facing each other in the first qualifier at Dubai on Thursday. On current form, Mumbai would go in with the edge despite their 10-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, playing with an under-strength squad. MI beat DC in both the league stage games, first by five wickets and then by nine wickets
Warner hit a magnificent 85*(58) and got great support from Saha as the pair chased down 150 without breaking a sweat. With that win, SRH qualified for the playoffs and KKR are now out of the tournament.
Unlike some of the other sides in IPL 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad will have their destiny in their own hands when they face Mumbai Indians in the final league game at Sharjah on Tuesday. Courtesy a superior run-rate, a victory of any kind will see them through while a loss would knock them out. It will be easier said than done though as table-toppers and defending champions MI too would be keen to go into the play-offs on a high.
Yet another heavy defeat to Delhi, their fourth in a row. Their batsmen struggled for momentum and could only put 110 on the board, which was no challenge for table toppers Mumbai as they steamrolled Delhi bowlers with Kishan leading the way with a fine knock of 72*(47).
Defending champions Mumbai Indians, who have confirmed their play-offs berth will be keen to continue their impressive run when they face Delhi Capitals in match number 51 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Saturday, the first game of the double-header. While Mumbai will go into the match high on confidence, Delhi have a few headaches to deal with as they are on a three-match losing streak. They purple patch during the first half of IPL 2020 now seems like distant memory.
Suryakumar Yadav played a responsible knock of 79 from 43 as Mumbai Indians have almost booked their spot in the playoffs. Bangalore were looking set for a 180 plus score at the 15 over stage, but Bumrah pulled back things considerably as RCB had to settle for 165.