Delhi Capitals have entered the maiden IPL final following a 17-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday (November 8). They will now take on Mumbai Indians to lift the trophy for the very first time.
Delhi Capitals changed their opening combination, and it worked wonders for them. They set up a fighting target of 190 runs while their bowling performance and fielding was up to the mark to take away the game from SRH.
Here, let’s take a look at how Delhi Capitals will shape in their maiden IPL final:
The failure of the top-order in the first qualifier forced Ricky Ponting to promote Marcus Stoinis up in the order. The bowling allrounder plays as the top-order batsman in the Big Bash League. Also, his performance against Mumbai Indians had led DC’s think-tank to give him an opener’s position in the second qualifier.
Although his spell was short, Delhi Capitals got a good base. He amassed 38 off 27 balls, and stitched 86 runs partnership with Shikhar Dhawan. More than his batting, Stoinis created an impact with his bowling and was adjudged with Man of the Match. He picked the crucial wicket of Kane Williamson to seal the deal for the side. Overall, he snared three wickets, including of Priyam Garg and Manish Pandey, and conceded 26 runs in his three overs.
Marcus Stoinis need to replicate the performance in the grand-finale to take the maiden trophy home.
Shikhar Dhawan got another half-century, scoring 78 off 55 balls. He might have completed his century, and Delhi Capitals might have given 200 runs target if the southpaw hadn’t walked out of the field without taking the review for LBW.
Had DC had lost the match, Dhawan would have regretted his decision, but fortunately, his side had a good day in the office. To fulfil the IPL trophy dream for DC, the opening batsman needs to build up good innings against the defending champion.
Although Ajinkya Rahane was out for a duck in the first qualifier, he was retained in the playing XI against SRH but didn’t get the chance to bat. He was demoted down the order while Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmyer were sent above him.
If Marcus Stoinis loses his wicket early against MI, he will have to do the rescue operation with Shikhar Dhawan.
Shreyas Iyer became the first skipper of the Delhi Capitals to lead them to the maiden final of the IPL, but his contribution in the qualifiers has been disappointing. Against SRH, he could not accelerate the innings when Stoinis lost the wicket. Eventually, he was out after scoring 21 runs off 20 balls.
DC captain needs to come good against MI to lift the maiden title.
Shimron Hetmyer returned to the playing XI and played a fiery knock against SRH. He scored unbeaten 42 runs off 22 balls, striking four fours and one six, to take the team to the fighting total. The windies needs to play similar rocket-fueling knock to take the team in a good position.
Rishabh Pant (wk):
The wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is out of form. He has not been able to time the ball well since he has returned from the injury. It is the biggest problem for Delhi Capitals because he is an integral part of the team. The youngster has the last opportunity to play a heroic knock to take the trophy home.
Axar Patel got the crucial wicket of Jason Holder while he conceded 33 runs in his four overs in the second qualifier.
Apart from bowling, he has also given valuable contributions with the bat at the lower-order. In the first qualifier, he got 42 runs off 33 balls although it was not sufficient to take the game home. But he will have to give a complete all-round performance in the final.
The only in and out spinner for Delhi Capitals, Ravichandran Ashwin, didn’t have a good day against SRH. He conceded 33 runs in three overs while went wicketless. Although his poor outing didn’t hurt the team as other bowlers managed to take the burden.
But against Mumbai Indians, he needs to be at his best because he is the main wicket-taker in the powerplays. If he fails to give a breakthrough, DC can be in huge trouble.
Anrich Nortje could not get a wicket against SRH in his four overs and gave away 36 runs. He is one of the leading wicket-taker for Delhi Capitals. The speedster will look to redeem in the grand-final.
Kagiso Rabada notched four wickets in his four-over and regained the purple cup. He picked the wicket of the key man of SRH, David Warner while soon dismissed the lower-order batsmen, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan and Shreevats Goswami. His prolific performance sealed the deal for Delhi Capitals. The speedster needs to replicate the performance in the grand finale.
The spinner has been included in the set-up to give support to Ashwin. He bowled two overs but didn’t get the wicket against SRH. Dube will look to be part of the winning cause for DC in the grand-finale.