Mumbai Indians have comfortably entered the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 grand-finale and will take on Delhi Capitals on Tuesday (November 10). Dubai International Cricket Stadium will host the marquee clash to decide the winners of this season.
Mumbai Indians previous four trophies have come in odd years, i.e., 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. But this year, they seem to break their odd-even jinx. They have given high-class performance with the bat while their world-class bowlers have sealed the deal to comfortably taken them to grand-finale.
With a lot of experienced players, the defending champions have a slight edge over Delhi Capitals, who are first time playing the grand-finale. Here, let’s take a look at Mumbai Indians playing XI for the crucial encounter.
Mumbai Indians Predicted XI
1. Rohit Sharma:
Rohit Sharma has not been able to score runs after his return from the injury. Against Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier, he was out for a golden duck. Well, his early fall of the wicket has not hurt them because other batsmen have managed to take the burden and pressure. But the opening batsman needs to play a big knock in the grand-finale to set a good base for the team.
2. Quinton de Kock:
After Rohit Sharma lost his wicket, Quinton de Kock handled the pressure and stitched over 50 runs partnership with Suryakumar Yadav to bring the momentum back for them. The wicketkeeper-batsman needs to come good in grand-finale as Rohit is still struggling.
3. Suryakumar Yadav:
Batting at number three position, Suryakumar Yadav has played mature innings to finish off the game for his team. Against RCB, he stood until the last ball of the game to seal the deal for MI, scoring 79* off 43 balls, striking three four and one six. So, until he is in the crease, Mumbai Indians can win the game from any point.
When the team was losing consecutive wickets against DC, he stood at the other end and didn’t lose his wicket. Setting a partnership with Hardik Pandya, he went berserk in the last overs, scoring 55 runs off 30 balls. He struck three giant sixes and four boundaries to give 201 runs target.
With facing the same opponent in the final, the youngster needs to play another gritty knock to seal the deal for Mumbai Indians easily.
5. Hardik Pandya:
Hardik Pandya has perfectly played the role of the finisher. Against Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier, he played a gun-blazing knock, scoring 37 off 14 balls to take the team’s total to 200 even when they have consecutively lost the wickets. The fast bowling allrounder needs to come good in the grand finale.
6. Kieron Pollard:
Kieron Pollard is one of the biggest pillars of Mumbai Indians. Although coming to bat at lower-order, he has not got many balls to face but has maintained the strike rate of above 190. But in the last match, he lost his wicket for a duck which would have disappointed him. He will look to redeem in the grand-finale.
7. Krunal Pandya:
The spin bowling allrounder Krunal Pandya has contributed significantly with both bat and ball in all the matches. He is an integral part of the team and will be expected to guide Mumbai Indians to victories.
8. Rahul Chahar:
Rahul Chahar is the only in and out spinner that is playing for Mumbai Indians this season. He has given valuable contribution picking wickets of Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu and another crucial batsman to give a breakthrough to the team. But in the last two matches, he has proved to be expensive while has gone wicketless. He needs to get the rhythm back in the grand-finale.
9. Trent Boult:
Before moving out of the field due to injury, Trent Boult gave an outstanding start to the team, picking two wickets for a duck in his first over against DC. He returned to the dressing room after bowling his second over, and there was an injury scare for Mumbai Indians. However, Rohit Sharma, in the post-match presentation, said that it was not a serious injury and the speedster will be available to next match.
10. James Pattinson:
James Pattinson bought as the replacement of Lasith Malinga has been expensive in the last couple of matches and therefore, he was dropped in the first qualifier. Nathan Coulter-Nile was included in the playing XI in place of him, but he also could not give a breakthrough to the team. Seeing the quality of Pattinson, Mumbai Indians would go with him.
11. Jasprit Bumrah:
The world-class bowler Jasprit Bumrah is the trump card for any captain. Against DC, he was adjudged with Man of the Match because of his stunning performance. He picked four wickets while bowled one maiden over in his four overs. Overall, he has picked up 27 wickets in the tournament and has tough competition for purple-cap with Delhi Capitals’ pacer Kagiso Rabad, who has taken 29 wickets thus far.