Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals
5/11/20, 2pm (GMT), Dubai
MUMBAI INDIANS – 4/6
DELHI CAPITALS – 6/5
The first qualifier sees Mumbai Indians, the best team in the tournament so far, take on Delhi Capitals having finished the league stage in first place despite losing their last match to Sunrisers Hyderabad and allowing them into the top four.
They opted to rest a number of key players and Rohit Sharma made a cautious return from injury and they were well off the pace, while the Capitals found some form in disposing of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai have two bites of the cherry, but the inclusion of Sharma could upset what had been a settled side in recent matches and mean a slight readjustment with Ishan Kishan having to drop back into the middle order.
The Capitals had suffered a nightmare run of losses but recovered in time to gain confidence for this game with Shikhar Dhawan crucially returning to form along with the experience of Ajinkya Rahane.
Mumbai are favourites to advance straight to the final as they look to defend their title, but it is 6/5 for the Capitals to capitalise on any potential sluggishness from the champions.
Trent Boult over 1.5 wickets – 11/10
Mumbai Indians have beaten the Capitals in both their encounters so far this year, and most recently limited them to just 110-9 in 20 overs, with Boult taking 3-21.
The New Zealander has had a superb tournament with the ball and will be a challenge for the out-of-form Prithvi Shaw at the top of the order before coming back to good effect at the death, giving him a good chance to get amongst the wickets.
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|Quinton de Kock – 443||Shikhar Dhawan – 525|
|Ishan Kishan – 428||Shreyas Iyer – 421|
|Suryakumar Yadav – 410||Rishabh Pant – 282|
|Rohit Sharma – 264||Marcus Stoinis – 228|
|Jasprit Bumrah – 23||Kagiso Rabada – 25|
|Trent Boult – 20||Anrich Nortje – 19|
|Rahul Chahar – 15||Ravi Ashwin – 10|
|James Pattinson – 11||Axar Patel – 8|