In the league stage, MI beat DC in both the matches.
Last updated : 5th Nov,2020 2:19PM
Mumbai Indians (MI), the defending champions, have defended their Indian Premier League (IPL) title with utmost dominance thus far. Though they lost to the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 10 wickets in their last league game, they managed to finish atop the points table.
Rohit Sharma and Co are now scheduled to play the Qualifier 1 against the Delhi Capitals (DC) on Thursday, November 5, in Dubai. In the league stage, MI got past the Capitals both times. In fact, in their last meeting, Mumbai eased past DC by nine wickets.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Dubai has been a good one for batting and stroke-making hasn’t been all that tough. But in the last two games at the venue, the fast bowlers have gotten quite a bit of assistance.
The spinners also have had quite a bit of say. The playing conditions will be pleasant with the temperature around the 29 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will mostly be in the low-50s.
Playing Combinations for MI vs DC
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile/James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Probable Top Performers for MI vs DC
Rohit Sharma– Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma returned from his hamstring injury the other day, but he got out cheaply. However, keeping in mind the potential he has, he can take on DC’s star-studded bowling attack with ease.
In the 10 matches, he has played, the 33-year-old has notched 264 runs at an average of 26.40. Moreover, the right-hander has the experience of playing at the big stage across most tournaments.
Shreyas Iyer– Delhi Capitals
Shreyas Iyer sparkled with a thunderous 88* against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah. But apart from that, he has looked a tad off colour. However, that he has scored 421 runs in 14 innings at an average of 32.38 with two fifties should give confidence.
DC haven’t played in the final for a number of years and the youngster will be looking to play a captain’s knock and guide his team.
MI vs DC Head to Head
Played- 26 |MI won- 14 | DC won- 12 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 5 | MI won- 2 | DC won- 3 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 171 (24 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 9 | Lost- 15
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 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.