The first qualifier will be contested between the strong team of Mumbai Indians (MI) having a great experience of playing in big matches and the Delhi Capitals (DC) who have done well in the current season.
Mumbai-Delhi will have a thorn competition
while the losing team will get another chance in Qualifier-2.
On the other hand, Delhi, who lost their first title, after losing four consecutive matches, defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 6 wickets to finish second. This win will definitely boost his morale.
MI vs DC: What’s the record?
In the IPL, there have been 26 matches between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals so far. Mumbai has won 14, while Delhi has won 12 matches. In the league stage of the current season, Mumbai has beaten Delhi both times.
A positive aspect for the Mumbai team is the return of its captain Rohit Sharma, who missed 4 matches due to hamstring. The star opener, however, returned to the pavilion early against the Sunrisers.
The defending champions have aggressive batsmen and excellent bowlers, but their batsmen could not play against the Sunrisers. Even his bowlers could not get wickets and before the important match it was a good lesson for them that no match should be taken easily. Delhi’s middle order has failed to perform as expected. He has been mainly dependent on one or two players.
Mumbai’s top order has done well. Young Ishaan Kishan (428 runs) has emerged as its leading batsman. Quinton Dickock (443 runs) will be ready to continue his superb form. After this, Suryakumar Yadav (410 runs) has played his role well.
Hardik Pandya (241 runs), Kieron Pollard (259 runs) and Krunal Pandya (95), who are adept at playing long shots, have shown their skills well when needed. Pollard also hit four sixes against the Sunrisers.
Mumbai rested their main bowlers Jaspreet Bumrah (23 wickets) and Trent Boult (20 wickets) against the Sunrisers. Both of them have bowled deadly in the beginning and death overs. Rahul Chahar and Krunal will have to forget the dhunai at the hands of Sunrisers David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha before landing on the ground against Delhi.
On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane’s return to form is a good sign for Delhi. He played a match-winning innings of 60 runs against RCB.
Shikhar Dhawan (525) is in excellent form, but he needs support from other batsmen. Delhi’s biggest concern is the form of Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant, who have not yet met expectations. His foreign players Shimron Hetmeyer and Marcus Stoinis will also have to show their form in the crucial match. Captain Shreyas Iyer (421) will have to take up the task of grooming the innings.
South Africa’s Cagiso Rabada (25 wickets) and Enrique Nortje (19 wickets) have successfully led his bowling department. Ravichandran Ashwin and Akshar Patel have handled the spin department well.