IPL 2020: Final, MI vs DC – DC Predicted Playing XI

IPL 2020: Final, MI vs DC – DC Predicted Playing XI

The Capitals found their momentum back with their victory over the Sunrisers in Abu Dhabi.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Delhi Capitals’ (DC) confidence would have hit rock bottom after their loss to the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Qualifier 1 in Dubai. However, the team, led by Shreyas Iyer, have shown great character and defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Qualifier 2 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

They also made their maiden final in the history of the tournament after a wait for 13 years. But in the final, they will again be up against Rohit Sharma’s MI on Tuesday in Dubai. In their last three meetings, Mumbai came out trumps.

Their last two meetings were completely one-sided and it goes without saying that DC will have to bring forth their A-game. For the time being, it remains to be seen if the Capitals resort to making some changes despite their 17-run victory over the Orange Army last time around.

Here is the Predicted Playing XI for the Delhi Capitals for MI vs DC game:

Openers (Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis)

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

DC’s opening conundrum seems to have been solved after Marcus Stoinis was promoted up the order. The 31-year-old brought forth his experience of opening the batting for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL).

Not to forget that Stoinis has also 12 wickets to show for his efforts. Shikhar Dhawan has notched four ducks, yet, astonishingly, he is second in the list of Orange Cap contenders.

He is only 68 runs away from toppling KL Rahul’s tally. In the last game against MI, the southpaw couldn’t open his account and he would be looking for a substantial score one last time.

Middle-order (Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Ajinkya Rahane)

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Stoinis, opening the innings, means that Ajinkya Rahane would be batting in the middle-order. But if the Capitals get off to a flying start, the latter might again be sent down the lineup.

Shreyas Iyer has 454 runs under his belt, but a strike-rate of 122.37 suggests that he has strained with his timing a bit. Shimron Hetmyer has a couple of scores in the 40s and he got them at a pretty decent rate.

He has a strike-rate of 150 and that shows how fluent he has been. Rishabh Pant has had a rough campaign thus far. He hasn’t been able to gather any sort of impetus and he will be looking to make amends.

All-rounders (Axar Patel)

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Axar Patel has more or less been accurate with an economy rate of 6.61, the best amongst the Capitals’ bowlers. But having gotten nine wickets, DC will be expecting him to make a few more breakthroughs.

With the bat, the southpaw has shown that he can use the long handle to good effect and score quick runs. He has scored 108 runs, most importantly at an impressive strike-rate of 142.10.

Bowlers (Pravin Dubey, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje)

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

In the bowling area, Kagiso Rabada is in red-hot form, picking up 29 wickets. He also took the Purple Cap back from Jasprit Bumrah, who has 27 wickets to his name.

Rabada, in the last game, was the standout performer for the Capitals as he ended with four wickets, including David Warner’s scalp. Anrich Nortje hasn’t been disappointing either. He has 20 wickets and has been an apt foil for his South African teammate.

Ravi Ashwin has been decent as well as he has 13 scalps from as many matches. He has also bowled in the powerplay with success. Pravin Dubey should be getting a go.