In the Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2020, the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are facing Delhi Capitals (DC) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai).
At the end of the league stage of IPL 2020, while Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians finished as the table leader with 18 points (9 wins and 5 loses), Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals were in the second position with 16 points (8 wins and 6 loses).
Before this playoff stage, they already met twice in this season, where MI won both those encounters. While they beat DC by 5 wickets at Abu Dhabi on 11th October 2020, they won by 9 wickets at Dubai (DSC) on 31st October 2020.
IPL 2020, Qualifier 1: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (MI vs DC) – Toss Report
Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to field first. They have maintained their last winning combination.
Iyer said, “We are going to bowl first. The wicket is dry and with a bit of dew, it could play an important role. The energy inside the dressing room is pretty high. Same team for us.”
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma confirmed that they made three changes in the playing XI. Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have joined the playing XI as the replacement of Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni and James Pattinson.
Rohit said, “Looks like a good pitch, it could play a bit slow. We know we are going to bat first now, so just post a good total. We know we have a good bowling line-up to defend any total. Just got to start well and then take it from there. Three changes, Bumrah, Boult and Hardik are back for Pattinson, Dhawal and Tiwary. We are confident, but it’s a fresh game and we got to focus on our strengths.”
IPL 2020, Qualifier 1: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (MI vs DC) – Playing XIs
Delhi Capitals (DC): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Mumbai Indians (MI): Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah