If the latest IPL 2020 league matches were taken as a guideline, Delhi Capitals should be a happier bunch. They took a critical victory in that competition, galloping past Royal Challengers Bangalore to reach number 2 on the list. Mumbai Indians, who qualified far ahead of everyone else, got everything wrong in their last league match against SunRisers Hyderabad, suffering an unreal 10 wicket loss that couldn’t have been great for their mental makeup. That said, MI is way too professional for this to really affect their mood, but winning is a habit that can be tainted by a poorly managed game.
DC, too, would be cautious about falling back to the flickering end of the competition when they couldn’t buy a win and needed a disappointing RCB to make their way to the top-two position.
DC has suddenly found some life on top of the batting. You still wonder how and why Prithvi Shaw is still sticking to the opening, but Shikhar Dhawan has suddenly found shape and using Ajinkya Rahane as a one-drop worked against RCB.
As for bowling, it might be interesting to see how the spinners turn out, as the slower bowlers will be decisive as the lanes start to wear out.
Even their fast duo Kagiso Rabada, top of the Purple Cap list, and Anrich Nortje have opted for slower things at crucial moments.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel will certainly be crucial.
MI’s spin attack of Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya looks a bit better, although Pandya is more of an all-rounder, and both faced SRH.
As for hitting, MI has it all, from Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock at the top to Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya to finish. Not much is to be read about the collective failure of the MI battle of Hyderabad.
This isn’t the end for either side, but being in the final and getting extra time to recover and develop a strategy will be worth gold dust.
The losers still have a chance, according to the format, but they will play more and have little recovery time.
Moreover, history now costs nothing. Even the league results of this year between the two teams are now for little. This is the big one.
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