Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) and Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) are ready to play for the last time in the IPL 2020 as they are appearing in the IPL 2020 final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai).
At the end of the league stage in the IPL 2020, while the defending champions Mumbai Indians finished on top of the points table with 18 points (9 wins and 5 loses), Delhi Capitals finished in the second position in the same points table with 16 points (8 wins and 6 loses).
While the Mumbai franchise confirmed their IPL 2020 final spot by winning the Qualifier 1, Delhi franchise beat SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Qualifier 2 to secure their spot in the ongoing IPL 2020 final.
The record four-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians are playing their sixth IPL final while it is the first IPL final appearance for the Delhi franchise.
It is their fourth meeting in the ongoing IPL 2020. Before this meeting, Mumbai Indians won all the three matches against Delhi Capitals in this season as they beat them by 5 wickets and 9 wickets in the league stages and 57 runs in the Qualifier 1.
IPL 2020, Final: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (MI vs DC) – Toss Report
Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to bat first. They have maintained their last winning combination.
Iyer said, “We’ll bat. It really worked out pretty well in the last game. When you have a really good total on the board the bowling gets a lot of confidence. We’ve seen it through the tournament and in a big final runs on the board helps The wicket also looks amazing to bat on. They have been champions through the years and even the way they’ve been playing this season. We have nothing to lose, we havr to embrace it and have no regrets at the end of it. The team atmosphere is really motivated, we are in a good mood and have to enjoy the day. We are sticking with the same team.”
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma confirmed their only alteration in the playing XI as Jayant Yadav replaced Rahul Chahar.
Rohit said, “To be really honest I was very confused, so don’t mind losing the toss. It is going to be a good track, it doesn’t change much. We have to bowl aggressively at the start and then see how it goes. It feels nice to be part of another final. It is going to be a cracker of a game. The past doesn’t matter, it is a fresh day, a fresh game and the pressure of this final will be different. But the guys have been in these pressure situations before, they understand the pressure of finals and yes, we have just got to treat this as another game.
“Hopefully we can execute what we’ve discussed on the field. Everyone’s fit, but just one chance — Rahul Chahar misses out and Jayant Yadav comes in. Just a tactical move considering the amount of left-handers they have in the side. Rahul has been bowling really well for us so sad to leave him out, but Jayant is a quality bowler as well.”
IPL 2020, Final: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (MI vs DC) – Playing XIs
Delhi Capitals (DC): Marcus Stoinis, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Praveen Dubey, Anrich Nortje
Mumbai Indians (MI): Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah