The Capitals need a win to reclaim their spot in the top two.

Last updated: 30th Oct,2020 11:27PM

Mumbai Indians (MI), after their victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), have almost sealed their berth in the playoffs. With a net run rate of +1.186, it needs something supernatural to see them out of the next round.

Their next match is against the Delhi Capitals (DC) on Saturday, October 31 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and the game is expected to be a cracking one. In their previous meeting, it was MI, who came out trumps in Abu Dhabi.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch in Dubai has been a pretty decent one for batting and shot-making hasn’t been all that easy The batters can put pressure on the bowlers, getting some quick runs in the powerplay. The track has a bit, both for the pacers as well as the spinners.

The playing conditions will be warm with the temperature around the 32 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity is expected to be in the low 30s.

Playing Combinations for DC vs MI

Delhi Capitals

Probable XI

Ajinkya Rahane/Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer (C), Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ravi Ashwin, Tushar Deshpande/Harshal Patel, Anrich Nortje

Mumbai Indians

Probable XI

Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (C), James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

Probable Top Performers for DC vs MI

Shreyas Iyer– Delhi Capitals

Shreyas Iyer has floated around the batting order and came to the middle after very long during DC’s previous game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). However, he might again be going up the order, keeping in mind the talent he possesses.

In 12 matches, the DC captain has 389 runs at an average and strike-rate of 35.36 and 127.54 respectively. He notched his highest score against KKR.

Quinton de Kock– Mumbai Indians

Quinton de Kock has flourished for the Mumbai-based franchise in the T20 tournament. In 12 matches, the left-handed batsman has 392 runs to show his efforts. The South African cricketer has an average and strike-rate of 39.20 and 140 respectively.

In the last game, he couldn’t quite get going. But that he scored 53 the last time DC faced MI would give de Kock a whole lot of confidence.

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DC vs MI Head to Head

Overall

Played- 25 |DC won- 12 | MI won- 13 | N/R- 0

At neutral venues (outside India)

Played- 4 | DC won- 3 | MI won- 1 | N/R- 0

Average first innings score:  173 (21 matches in IPL 2020)

Record of chasing teams: Won- 8 | Lost- 13

Broadcast Details

Match timings – 02:00 PM local time, 03:30 PM IST

TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.

Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.

The prediction is for the team, batting second to win the match.

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Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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