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IPL blog: Delhi Capitals face tough test against Mumbai Indians

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Mumbai Indians will lock horns with the Delhi Capitals for the rights to lift the 2020 Indian Premier League trophy.

After a myriad nail-biting battles replete with several Super Over dramas, we have finally arrived at the stage today where the four-time champions Mumbai Indians will lock horns with the Delhi Capitals for the rights to lift the 2020 Indian Premier League trophy.

The battle will start at the magnificent Dubai International Cricket Stadium today at 6pm.

So, will Mumbai be able to add to their four trophies?

Or will Delhi, who have already made history by reaching their first final, script their maiden victory in the world’s richest T20 tournament?

IPL 2020 final blog: Delhi Capitals face tough test against Mumbai Indians (KT267331110.PNG)

We will bring you all the live updates here.


1:50pm

Explosive openers in both teams

With 603 from 16 matches (average 46.38, strike rate 145.65, 100s 2), Shikhar Dhawan is having a fabulous tournament. The left-handed Indian opener even became the first player to score back-to-back hundreds in the IPL. But Prithvi Shaw endured a miserable run with the bat, forcing the Delhi Capitals to allow Marcus Stoinis to partner Dhawan at the top. The move clicked. Dhawan and Stoinis put on 86 runs in 8.2 overs against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Qualifier 2. It turned out to be a match-winning partnership. But in Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians have a world-class opening pair. Rohit may not have produced his best form yet in the tournament, but write the ‘Hitman’ off at your own peril!


1:25pm

Will Mumbai Indians finally do it in an even-number year?

Okay, so here’s an important fact for you if you believe in the numbers game.

Mumbai Indians have never won the tournament in the even-number years. All their four victories have come in the odd-number years — 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

So will they finally do it in an even-number year?

We’ll have to wait and see.


1:15pm

Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals: Head-to-head records

First allow us to share with you the head-to-head record between the two finalists.

Yes, it’s Mumbai who have the edge with 15 wins, while Delhi have won 12 matches against the most successful team in the tournament.

But Delhi have lost all three of their matches to Mumbai — by far the best team in the tournament — this season.

So, for Delhi to win their first title, they have to win their first match of the tournament against their big rivals today.