Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals will have the clash of titans in Abu Dhabi in the 27th match of IPL 2020. Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians are perhaps two of the strongest squads this year with innovative and shrewd captains in their repertoire. They are also the top two sides in the points table; hence, should make up for an enticing battle.
Delhi Capitals have won five games out of six so far and are sitting at the summit with ten points. The Capitals have all their bases covered and their bowling line-up is perhaps their strongest suit with a good blend of seamers, spinners, and first-change bowlers. Mumbai Indians’ batsmen could face one of their biggest tests this season against Delhi Capitals.
We take a look at Mumbai Indians’ predicted eleven ahead of their IPL 2020 game against Mumbai Indians:
Rohit Sharma has displayed an inconsistent batting performance so far, despite two fifties in IPL 2020. However, Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and his ability could not be discounted. It would be imperative for the 33-year old to counter the pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje along with handling the potent spin-bowling attack.
Quinton De Kock (wk):
Quinton De Kock only has one fifty in the season so far in IPL 2020 and is gradually returning to form after a string of low scores. Against Rajasthan Royals, Quinton De Kock was part of a fiery opening partnership of 49 in less than five overs. Hence, it would be interesting to see how De Kock handles the pace duo of his country.
Suryakumar Yadav sizzled against Rajasthan Royals as he anchored the innings to finish unbeaten at 79 off 47 deliveries. Suryakumar Yadav did not slow down even as Mumbai Indians faced a minor wobble in their innings. For his brilliant knock, he secured the man of the match award.
Ishan Kishan has not looked at his best since his landmark innings of 99 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ishan Kishan did play a handy knock in Sharjah against SunRisers Hyderabad; however, it was not fluent. Against the Royals, he departed for a first-ball duck; however, Kishan should retain his spot.
Hardik Pandya batted at number five against Rajasthan Royals, striking a 19-ball 30 to give the Mumbai Indians’ the finishing touch. Hardik Pandya also received a reprieve from Tom Curran when the Englishman dropped a sitter off his own bowling. Pandya’s knock contained two fours and a six, striking at 157.89.
Kieron Pollard did not bat against Rajasthan Royals; however, was in action with the ball and field, reinforcing his importance time and again. Pollard picked up the scalp of Tom Curran and took two catches of Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer. Pollard would especially be tested against the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.
Krunal Pandya played a crucial role against SunRisers Hyderabad, blasting 20 runs off only four deliveries to lift Mumbai Indians past 200. However, he could not make much of a difference against Rajasthan Royals with the willow, having received a promotion. With the ball, he conceded 22 runs in two overs. Nevertheless, there remains little doubt that the spin-bowling all-rounder will face an axe.
James Pattinson, who is predominantly a Test bowler, has done quite well in this year’s IPL. James Pattinson took the key wicket of Jos Buttler in the 14th over to entirely swing the match in Mumbai Indians’ favour. The Victorian also claimed the final wicket of Ankit Rajpoot to finish with figures of 3.1-0-19-2.
Rahul Chahar bowled only three overs against Rajasthan Royals and snapped the wicket of Mahipal Lomror before Jos Buttler slammed two sixes off his bowling. Chahar, who has been Mumbai Indians’ frontline spinner, will have a crucial role to play against the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw.
Trent Boult was sensational with the new ball against Rajasthan Royals, dismissing Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal. It would be interesting to see how the in-form opening pair of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan deal with Trent Boult, who brings the ball back in.
Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royals, snapping four wickets for 20 runs in four overs. Bumrah, who is an outstanding death bowler, will indeed operate against Marcus Stoinis if he comes to bat since the all-rounder has surprisingly set the tournament on fire.