Legendary Indian former all-rounder Kapil Dev insists that swing is more important than pace even in today’s T20-dominant era. In a conversation with senior journalist Ayaz Memon on day 2 of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Kapil added that even in IPL players have realised the importance of swing.
The Delhi Capitals put up impressive performances in both the innings to challenge the opposition, but fluent Mumbai batsmen chased down 157 without much fuss with skipper Rohit leading the way with 68(51) and Kishan staying till the end with 33*(19). With this win, the Mumbai Indians became just the second team to defend the title after the Chennai Super Kings
Played amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will finally reach its conclusion when defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 final at Dubai on Tuesday. MI, undoubtedly, go in as favourites having been there and done that multiple times in the past. For Delhi, this will be their maiden IPL final. Also, they have lost all three matches played against MI earlier in the tournament. So that definitely makes them underdogs.
Delhi Capitals progressed to their maiden IPL final following an excellent all-round display to stun Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second Qualifier at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Batting first, DC posted an impressive 189 on the back of Shikhar Dhawan’s 78 and crucial contributions from Marcus Stoinis (38 from 27 opening the innings) and Shimron Hetmyer 42 not out from 22 balls.
After twelve attempts at reaching the final previously in vain, the Delhi Capitals finally managed to break the jinx as they beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs in the qualifier-2. The batsmen had done their job by putting up 189 runs on the board, and Rabada-Stoinis picked up seven wickets between them even as Williamson nearly pulled off a major heist.
Having knocked out Royal Challengers Bangalore with a thoroughly professional effort in the Eliminator on Friday, Sunrisers Hyderabad would go in with the upper hand when they take on Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. SRH have been on a roll, winning five of their last six matches. Delhi, on the other hand, have been having a tough time. They lost four matches in a row, and only a victory against RCB in their last league encounter ensured them qualification for play-offs.
The target in sight for SRH was just 132, but RCB made a close game out of it with their leg spinners bowling tight lines. However, the experienced duo of Williamson and Holder carried them home, and booked a ticket in the qualifier-2 with the Delhi Capitals.
With Mumbai Indians having sealed their place in the IPL 2020 final, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to stay alive in the competition when they face each other in the Eliminator at Abu Dhabi. While the loser of Friday’s contest will go home, the winner will battle it out with Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 for a place in the final.