The top two teams in the IPL 2020 points table will play Qualifier 1 on November 5 in Dubai. The winner of the match will directly go to the final, while the loser will get a second chance in the Qualifier 2.
In the Qualifier 1, this time defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Capitals in Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will start as favourites. However, Delhi Capitals have all the surprising elements.
Mumbai Indians Preview
Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify to the top four in this year’s IPL. After confirming their progression, Mumbai Indians rested few top players in their last group league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The result was never important, but losing the match by 10 wickets could be a concern.
Thankfully, Mumbai Indians will welcome back Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. These two make the MI bowling unit the best in the league along with James Pattinson. Rohit Sharma got some match practice before the important stage and that could be vital. Mumbai Indians will hit the ground with a full-strength team. With the most balanced team in the league, MI can beat anyone on their day.
Delhi Capitals Preview
Delhi Capitals entered the playoffs as the 2nd best team of the tournament. The Capitals mostly had a good run throughout until the last stage of the group league where they lost four in a row. They did bounce back and win their last group league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Shreyas Iyer would like his side to replicate the performance. Doing that will give them a good shot to the final match.
With a number of Indian talents and few overseas stars, Delhi Capitals have played like a complete team so far. Everyone from the side has performed and contributed to take Delhi Capitals to the heights. Shikhar Dhawan’s good form and Kagiso Rabada’s consistency will be something Delhi Capitals would be praying for.
Fantasy players to watch
The highest wicket-taker for Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah has scalped 23 wickets in 13 matches. Those came at an average of 15.73 and economy of 6.96.
The Purple Cap holder Kagiso Rabada has taken 25 wickets in 14 matches. He can be a great catch for your fantasy side.
Shikhar Dhawan has accumulated 525 runs in 14 matches including two hundreds and three half-centuries. Don’t keep him away from your side!
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ravi Ashwin and Anrich Nortje
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