|This is Santadeep Dey bringing you LIVE commentary of IPL 2020: MI vs DC at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.|
DC 46/2 after 6 overs: The PowerPlay is up and Delhi is up and running as well! After Dhawan works the first ball of the over down towards the third man fence for a boundary, Iyer tees off too by hitting Pattinson for two back-to-back fours.
DC 32/2 after 5 overs: Spin has been introduced early for the Mumbai Indians and it has done the trick yet again! Krunal Pandya has trapped Rahane plumb in front. Shikhar Dhawan frees his arms, two balls later, for a stylish slogsweep to the stands near deep midwicket to mark the first maximum of the day.
DC 23/1 after 4 overs: Jasprit Bumrah, who has the best figures in an innings (4/20) for a bowler in IPL 2020, thus far, is into the attack. Just one run off it; it could have been more if not for an excellent diving effort at the covers by Ishan Kishan.
DC 22/1 after 3 overs: Boult keeps things tight until he sprays one wide of off stump. It does take an edge of Rahane’s willow but the batsman’s safe. It flies away from the keeper towards the third man boundary.
DC 17/1 after 2 overs: Ajinkya Rahane welcomes James Pattinson with a glorious square drive for a boundary. The former Rajasthan Royals skipper, however, isn’t done yet. Three balls later he pierces through the gap between cover and point with a beautiful drive. What a way to start off your debut!
DC 7/1 after 1 over: Mumbai Indians’ Trent Boult, the highest wicket-taker in the PowerPlay in IPL 2020, will start proceedings. Prithvi Shaw will face him and Shikhar Dhawan will accompany the 20-year-old at the non-striker’s end. Aaand… we already have wicket number SIX for the Kiwi speedster within the first six overs of a match this season! Prithvi opens the face of his bat and the ball softly lobs to Krunal Pandya at cover. Ajinkya Rahane walks out to face his first delivery in this season of the T20 league.
– Rohit Sharma will play his 150th IPL match with the franchise tonight and a specially customised jersey to celebrate the occasion has been handed over to him by the side’s Director of Cricket Operations, Zaheer Khan.
MI: Quinton de Kock (w), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Alex Carey (w), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
WHAT THEY SAID
Rohit Sharma, MI captain: It’s a good challenge for us, we know the conditions here. We need to restrict them to a decent total. We are playing with the same team.
Shreyas Iyer, DC skipper: We bat first. I think we are doing pretty well while defending. The ground also plays an important role. The wicket looks amazing. We hope it gets slower in the second innings. Two changes – Alex Carey comes in for Hetmyer. Rahane comes in for Pant.
Delhi Capitals win toss and opt to bat.
It’s the same pitch that was used for the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab yesterday. So we can expect it to be quite dry and the team batting first should hold an advantage. Deep Dasgupta, earlier, had also found patches that sounded hollow underneath, but there were some which didn’t. It also has lesser grass cover than the Dubai track. The surface might be a lot slower as well. – BCCI/IPL
MATCH PREVIEW BY AMOL KARHADKAR
It’s a face-off between the pre-tournament favourites. It’s a face-off to open up a gap in the points table. No wonder then that the clash between defending champion Mumbai Indians and in-form Delhi Capitals on a Super Sunday would be as mouthwatering as the French Open grand finale.
Mumbai Indians may have won the IPL title a whopping four times while the Delhi outfit is the only franchise yet to make it to the IPL final. But when it comes to taking each other on, there’s little to choose between the sides. In the 24 IPL matches between the two sides, both have won 12 games apiece.
Besides being high on confidence and virtually every aspect of the game working for their respective outfit, both the teams will keep their fingers crossed over availability of a key Indian member of its side. Suryakumar Yadav, en route his Man of the Match-winning knock against Rajasthan Royals earlier in the week, took a blow on his helmet and couldn’t field during the title defence. The stylish batsman stressed on Thursday that he will be ready to go come Sunday, it remains to be seen if he has fully recovered from concussion.
The Capitals, on the other hand, will be sweating over Rishabh Pant’s availability. The ‘keeper-batsman hobbled for the latter half of the Capitals’ defence against Royals on Friday night after apparently pulling his hamstring during the game. While the Capitals have remained tight-lipped about his fitness, the management will be hoping for Pant to be available. Pant will be critical not just with regard to maintaining the combination but also due to the fact that he has a better record against MI than Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer.
The key contest
It’s a no-brainer that the pace versus top-order will be on display all through the match. While the MI pace triumvirate of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and James Pattinson has been lethal so far, it will be tested by an in-form batting order, with every member of the Capitals’ top-six having come good so far. Similarly, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje – an on-song Proteas pace duo – will be planning to put brakes on Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock up front and Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers in the death.
Besides, R. Ashwin’s mini-battle against the MI lefties could play a decisive role in in the outcome of the game.
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The Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals will square off for the first time in the 2020 IPL season on October 11 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The teams will then travel to the Dubai International Stadium for the reverse fixture on October 31.
Defending champion Mumbai’s gigantic 146-run victory over Delhi at the Arun Jaitley Stadium (then the Feroz Shah Kotla) in the 2017 is difficult to overlook while talking about this particular tie. To understand how the two sides have fared against each other in the past editions of the IPL, let’s take a look at their head-to-head statistics.
Overall Head-to-Head: (24 matches- MI 12 |DD 12)
MI and DD have faced each other 24 times in the IPL so far and currency sit on level terms with 12 wins apiece.
Recent Head-to-Head: (Last 5 matches)
Delhi Capitals holds a slight advantage against Mumbai Indians in the recent, winning three of the past five matches.
Last 5 matches
MI won by 40 runs
DC won by 37 runs
DC won by 11 runs
DC won by 7 wickets
MI won by 146 runs
Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by 40 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Batting first, Mumbai scored 168/5 after 20 overs. The Pandya brothers (Krunal and Hardik) scored 37 and 32, respectively. A disciplined show with the ball, including a three-wicket haul from Rahul Chahar, helped the visitor restrict Delhi to 128/9 after 20 overs.
Last meeting in the UAE:
The two teams met at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, where Delhi Capitals (126/4 in 18.5 overs) beat Mumbai Indians (125/6 in 20 overs) by 6 wickets.
Interestingly, Mumbai Indians have lost all their five matches in the UAE.
TOP PERFORMERS IN DC vs MI and MI vs DC
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (560)
Delhi Capitals: Virender Sehwag (375)
Highest Score in an innings:
Mumbai Indians: Krunal Pandya (86)
Delhi Capitals: Virender Sehwag (95*)
Mumbai Indians: Lasith Malinga (22)
Delhi Capitals: Amit Mishra (15)
Best Bowling Figures:
Mumbai Indians: Lasith Malinga (5/13)
Delhi Capitals: Yo Mahesh (4/36)
Highest Innings Total:
Mumbai Indians: 218/7
Delhi Capitals: 213/6
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
TOP FIVE PLAYERS WITH MOST POINTS YOU MUST HAVE IN YOUR FANTASY SQUAD
1. Kagiso Rabada (DC) – 124.5 points
2. Marcus Stoinis (DC) – 111 points
3. Jasprit Bumrah (MI) – 107.5 points
4. Kieron Pollard (MI) – 100.5 points
5. Anrich Nortje (DC) – 99 points
- Highest run-getter: KL Rahul (387)
- Highest wicket-taker: Kagiso Rabada (15)
- Highest individual score: KL Rahul (132*)
- Best bowling figures: Jasprit Bumrah (4/20)
- Best economy: Axar Patel (4.50)
- Most fours: KL Rahul (37)
- Most sixes: Sanju Samson and Nicholas Pooran (16)
- Fastest ball: Jofra Archer (153.62 kmph)
- Fastest fifty: Nicholas Pooran (17 balls)
- Fastest century: Mayank Agarwal (45 balls)
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Digvijay Deshmukh, Aditya Tare (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Chris Lynn, Hardik Pandya, Sherfane Rutherford, Anmolpreet Singh, Mohsin Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Trent Boult, Jayant Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Tushar Deshpande, Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams
IPL 2020 Points Table
|Kolkata Knight Riders||6||4||2||8||+0.017|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||6||4||2||8||-0.820|
|Chennai Super Kings||7||2||5||4||-0.588|
|Kings XI Punjab||7||1||6||2||-0.381|
WHERE TO WATCH IPL 2020 – MUMBAI INDIANS VS DELHI CAPITALS LIVE?
The Indian Premier League match Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network. Live streaming will also be available on the Hotstar app or website exclusively for VIP and Premium users.