Defending champions Mumbai Indians hold the advantage in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) final over the capitals of Delhi. Mumbai do not have a batsman in their midst to individually match the imposing display of Delhi veteran Shikhar Dhawan, but the team led by Rohit Sharma still hold a batting advantage over the strength of a constant middle order.
According to GloFans Cric Data Metrics, the analysis shows a stark contrast in the batting strength of Indians in DC and Mumbai.
Vying for the Orange Cap, Dhawan has more than 600 races against his name. For Mumbai, there hasn’t been a single aggregator of more than 500 races in this year, but their top three batsmen outweigh Delhi’s top trio in collective scores.
Dubai has been a relatively happy hunting ground for bowlers. Bowler stats in all three main aspects – economy, strike rate and average – were slightly better than overall tournament numbers.
The battle for supremacy can eventually be decided by the paceurs. A deep dive indicates that as the league progressed, Stimulators became more efficient with significant improvement in hit rate and economy.
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The spinners were effective primarily in reducing runs in the second half of the tournament.
The pictogram below is an indicator that how IPL’s two fastest bowlers Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje with Marcus Stoinis for DC and deadly Jaspreet Bumrah backed by Trent Boult will have an important role to play in the final.
A closer look at the race charts at Dubai International Stadium during IPL 2020 shows that scoring becomes relatively easy for teams as the heats progress. This makes the role of new boules players all the more important for their teams. MI’s Jasprit Bumrah is deadly at this time of the game and forms a devastating partnership with Trent Boult.
However, a hard-hitting inning at the top of the batting order by Indian veteran Rohit Sharma or Dhawan can be decisive in the title battle.
Considering the strength of both teams, Dubai’s track record and the shape of the top icons, an exciting final is on the cards.
Statistics to remember:
I at this place: Played 7, Won 2, Lost 5
DC in this place: played 10, won 5, lost 5
Face to face overall: Matches 27, MI wins 15, DC wins 12