The first finalists of the 13th season of the IPL are known today. Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Capitals today in the first qualifier. These are the teams that finished in the top two in the points table after the league stage matches.
The losing team here will get another chance. The team that loses in qualifier one will face the team that loses in the eliminator in the second qualifier. The winning team here will face the team that wins one of the qualifiers in the final.
When Delhi and Mumbai clash, Mumbai has the upper hand. Mumbai have the experience of excelling in the playoffs. But the Delhi Capitals have a poor record in the playoffs. The Delhi qualifier has been played only once before. Despite having some great players in the team, Delhi have yet to reach the IPL final.
Delhi have previously played six playoff matches. Only one of them won. That victory was the defeat of Hyderabad under Shreyas Iyer. But that season, Delhi were knocked out in front of Chennai in Qualifier 2.
Mumbai Indians played 11 playoff matches. They have won six games and lost five. In bowling, Mumbai and Delhi stand side by side this season. The Boomera-Bolt duo took 43 wickets this season, while the Rabada-Norge duo took 44 wickets.
There are many reasons for Delhi to worry about batting. Prithviraj Shah, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are not finding consistency. But in the Mumbai line-up, Deco, Ishant Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Pollard and Hardy are all strong.
Mumbai Indians can win IPL title: Hardik Pandya
Mumbai Indians’ Hardik Pandya says Mumbai Indians can win the IPL title this season. The Mumbai Indians star was speaking before the first qualifier against Delhi Capitals. “In general, the Mumbai Indians are starting slowly in the IPL and the performance of the Mumbai Indians this season has been excellent,” Pandya said. Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Capitals in their sixth IPL final.
Hardik Pandya said that the Mumbai Indians team is doing well and all the players are doing well when the team needs them. Hardik Pandya said that so far things have been going well and the team is getting the desired results. “I hope the Mumbai Indians can win the title this year,” said the Mumbai Indians all-rounder.