It’s just all about 40 overs that will determine who will the winner for this edition of the IPL. After 2011 and 2012 when CSK sealed back to back titles this is the right opportunity for Mumbai to repeat the history. They are very strong team before the tournament beginning and has done well during the league stages to qualify for playoffs. They topped the points table and has been ruthless throughout the tournament. They are completely a well-balanced outfit with the right mix of youth and experience. Their captain Rohit Sharma is leading from the front with a couple of fifties but an injury that followed by break has made him out of touch. He is always the man of big occasions. So the stage is set for him to showcase his batting credibility today. Quinton de Kock is in top-notch form with the bat. He has scored 6 fifties so far in the tournament. He not only gave flying start for his team but also converting his starts into the fifties which is a good sign. He is followed by Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan who are the revelation and nation selection is awaiting for them. Suryakumar Yadav has been tasked to take the game deep which will provide a strong foundation for lower-order batsmen to come and express themselves. He has done that in many occasions which have helped his team to seal matches from inappropriate positions. Ishan Kishan also played few breathtaking innings this season. Then comes the lower order comprising of Kieron pollard and Pandya brothers who are striking above 150 this season.
Delhi capitals another hand has started the season very well but faded away during the later stages. They somehow managed to seal the second spot in the points table. Marcus Stonis and Shikhar Dhawan have taken them into finals. But as a team, they need to regroup and play up to their potential. They are led by young Shreyas Iyer who is in out of touch with bat followed by Shimron Hetmeyer. He is striking the ball very well and Mumbai needs to pick his wicket early. He has made 26 off 12 deliveries in their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Delhi badly needs strong innings from him to give some fight against strong Mumbai bowling line-up. Risabh pant is out of form Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin is not able to fill the role of the lower middle order. So a lot depends on how Shikhar Dhawan, Rahane and Stonis fare today. With the ball, Rabada is doing a fabulous job and he is ably supported by Anrich Nortje and Ravichandran Ashwin. Marcus Stonis is also chipping well with the ball so it’s high time for them to play as a unit and if they play up to their potential they will be unstoppable. Everyone is expecting the aggression they have shown during the early stages of the tournament. Lack of the third seamer is the major point of concern and Marcus Stonis has filled the game in the last game. He is expected to repeat the same in today’s match as well.
Expected playing XI:
1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Marcus Stoinis, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Praveen Dubey/Harshal Patel, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 R Ashwin, 11 Anrich Nortje.
1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Trent Boult/James Pattinson, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
What to expect:
Mumbai Indians are completely a balanced unit with everyone are doing their job well. But they are having a slight issue in their sixth bowler. If any of their frontline bowlers have off-day then it would affect their bowling plans. DC might want to exploit this weakness.
Delhi capitals also look to minimise the damage expected to cause by Bumrah and boult during the powerplay.it will help them to exploit the weakness of Rahul Chahar in middle overs.
Mumbai is the experienced franchise with lots of experience in playing finals. They are in good form and can beat anytime on their day. So you can expect Mumbai Indians lifting the title.