One of the greatest rivalries in IPL history continues as the 2020 IPL finalists Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are set to clash for a second time this season in a match that will ultimately decide the future of the teams in the playoffs.
Delhi Capitals is just 1 win away from sealing their spot into the playoffs. The team has looked incredible this year, winning 8 out of 11 matches so far. One of its 3 losses being a narrow 1-run defeat to the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians on the other hand have a mountain to climb for it to have any chance to qualify this season. The 5-time IPL champions have already lost 6 matches, and even winning the remainder of their games does not guarantee them a spot in the playoffs.
Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians are currently 2 of the most stacked teams in this year’s IPL. 6 Mumbai Indians players will be representing India at this year’s ICC World T-20. Delhi Capitals adds another 3 players to the Team India squad. This means that 10 out of the 15 men representing India at the World T-20 are either part of the Delhi Capitals or Mumbai Indians.
Along with them, there are several international players for both sides like Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Kagiso Rabada, and Marcus Stoinis, who will also be a part of the World T-20; Pollard being the captain of the defending champions West Indies.
MI and DC together have produced some of the most exciting matches over the 14-year history of the IPL. Despite Mumbai Indians being the most successful team in IPL history, Delhi Capitals has always been a problem for it. Delhi has one of the best head-to-head records against Mumbai. Delhi Capitals along with Chennai Super Kings holds the record for most wins against Mumbai Indians at 13.
MI has won 16 out of 29 matches against DC, including all of the 4 matches between them in 2020. The 2 teams finished at the top of the table and clashed in Qualifier 1, where MI registered a comfortable win. In the finals, Mumbai would beat Delhi once again to become 5-time IPL champions. In their most recent match which took place this year, DC won against MI while chasing a target of 138.
Between 2013 and 2016, both MI and DC won 1 and lost 1 of the 2 matches where they faced each other, both teams going 4-4 in these 4-year. This just shows how well-matched these 2 teams are.
There have been several notable matches between the 2 teams, one of the most famous being their 2017 encounter, where MI beat DC by an astonishing 146 runs, the largest win margin in IPL history. DC collapsed at 66 while chasing MI’s mammoth total of 212.
Another interesting match took place in 2018, where DC successfully chased MI’s huge total of 198, finishing the match on the very last ball. Despite MI’s 84 in the powerplay, DC managed to win this match in a nail-biting finish.
This match will be crucial, as it will ultimately decide the future of the playoffs. A win for Delhi guarantees it a spot in the playoffs, while a defeat for Mumbai would mean its season is over. Will Mumbai manage to keep its playoffs dreams alive? Or will Delhi continue its dominant season and finish at the top of the table? We can never tell due to the unpredictability of the game.