IPL 2020 Qualifier 1 – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals taking place? Thursday 5th November, 2020 – 14:00 (UK)

Where is Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals taking place? Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Where can I get tickets for Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals? IPL 2020 matches will be played without spectators to begin with but the official IPL website will update fans if this situation changes

What channel is Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals on? Sky Sports will be televising this match

Where can I stream Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals? Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match live vis the Sky Go website or app

THE TEAM NEWS

MUMBAI INDIANS

  • Mumbai Indians already had top spot sealed prior to their final group stage match against Sunrisers Hyderabad which did allow them to rest some players but they were not happy at the manner of the 10-wicket loss.
  • While they did rest star strike bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, they did welcome back skipper Rohit Sharma for that game so with their rested men almost certain to return here, they will have a full strength team at their disposal for this game.
  • This Mumbai outfit will be buoyed by the fact that they have beaten Delhi on both previous meetings in this edition of the IPL and they will be confident of making it three in a row especially after restricting the Capitals to just 110/9 last week in a nine-wicket victory.

DELHI CAPITALS

  • Delhi Capitals snapped their four-match losing run with a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final group stage match to seal second place and earn the right to play this qualifier and get two chances at making the final.
  • They brought Aussie pace bowler Daniel Sams in for that game and he failed to make an impact going wicketless and 40 runs in his four overs as it was Nortje, Rabada and Ashwin who made the difference so they may be tempted to swap him back out and bring Hetmyer back into the side.
  • After a lean patch for their batsmen, Dhawan and Rahane both hit half centuries in that win and that will give them plenty of confidence but their batsmen will be tested by this rested and impressive Mumbai bowling unit.

THE KEY STATS

  • There have been five centuries scored in IPL 2020 and two of those have come from Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan.
  • Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan has hit two centuries and three fifties in his last eight IPL innings.
  • Nobody has hit more sixes in IPL 2020 than Mumbai Indians’ Ishan Kishan’s 26.
  • Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have combined to take 43 wickets in the 13 IPL matches they have played this year.
  • Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada is the leading wicket-taker in IPL 2020 with 25 wickets in 14 matches – following the 25 wickets he took in 12 matches in IPL 2019.
  • Mumbai Indians’ batsmen have combined to score 14 fifties compared to Delhi Capitals’ 10 and two centuries.
  • Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have combined to take 44 wickets in IPL 2020.
  • Mumbai Indians have won 14 of the 26 previous meetings between the two teams including the last three.
  • The team batting second has won the last eight matches involving the Mumbai Indians.

THE PREDICTION

There is plenty on the line in this first qualifier as the top two teams in the group stage compete to move directly into the final. All will not be lost for the team that loses however as they will move into the second qualifier but both will be keen to avoid that fate and get the win. Mumbai Indians have had the clear edge in the two matches in the group stage with their latest win coming last week with a dominant performance. That surely has to be in the minds of the Capitals’ players and they really have to raise their game if they are to compete here. Both teams will want to bat second and chase if they can although the Capitals will not be too concerned about batting first if they are put in. despite losing their last group game, Mumbai will bring all their big guns back into the side after resting several key men and this could well come down to which batting line-up can cope best against Bumrah and Boult or Rabada and Nortje. It is Bumrah and Boult that had the edge last time out and with Mumbai possessing the greater depth with the bat, they are favoured to progress to the final here.

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