We are just 24 hours away from what could well be the match of the Dream11 IPL 2020 thus far when table-toppers Delhi Capitals square-off against defending champions, Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Both sides will come into this contest on the back of a three-match winning streak and it will be interesting to see which of them manages to continue with their red-hot run when the 40 overs are done and dusted.
Both Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals have looked the most complete sides in the competition thus far. One of the hallmarks of a champion side is that they have different individuals stepping up for them in different matches. And, both DC and MI have shown that in this IPL.
While Suryakumar Yadav stepped up for Mumbai Indians in their last game against Rajasthan Royals after a middle-order wobble, in the case of the Capitals, it was Shimron Hetmyer’s belligerence, who paved the way for their recovery against the same opponent in the last match.
If you compare both sides in the batting department, Mumbai Indians clearly have more depth in their middle-order due to the presence of the likes of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Krunal Pandya but Hardik’s inconsistent returns and the lack of proper use of Kieron Pollard in the batting-order has led to Mumbai Indians not making full use of their firepower. In the case of the Delhi Capitals, the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer have punched above their weight and have given valuable contributions at the backend of the innings.
As far as the spin-department is concerned, Delhi Capitals have a clear edge over Mumbai Indians, with the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel ruling the roost in the powerplay as well as in the middle-overs. The real battle between the two sides will, however, be in their pace-bowling departments.
While MI has a troika of world-class seamers in Jasprit Bumrah, James Pattinson, and Trent Boult, DC also has two brilliant seamers in Kagiso Rabada- the leading wicket-taker of the season- and the ever-so impressive Anrich Nortje to crank up the pace and make life for the opposition batsmen. Ultimately, the pace-unit that comes out to trump should eventually decide which side will walk away with two crucial points.
IPL 2020: Match 27: Mumbai Indians Vs Delhi Capitals: Match Prediction
Both Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have won 12 games apiece after having locked horns in 24 IPL games. But the Capitals have had a lid over the four-time champions in the past two seasons, having won three of the four encounters. And, given their current form and the overall balance of the side, acking the Shreyas Iyer-led team to continue their red-hot form against MI.