Mumbai to regain IPL title
It is finally here, the biggest match in domestic cricket in the world, the final of the Dream11 Indian Premier League and this year it is the Mumbai Indians taking on the Delhi Capitals. The showpiece event will give the Mumbai Indians the chance to win their second IPL title in two years, but they will need to beat a plucky Delhi Capitals side, who will be full of confidence following their win on Sunday over the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The final piece of the puzzle
It seems like a place in the final was always inevitable for the Mumbai Indians who have cruised their way through the group and their qualifier to get here. The four time champions went in to the tournament as favourites following last year’s win, and results have gone to form, finishing top of the group and playing some exceptional cricket along the way.
Their last game was against the Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier and whilst many thought it would be a tight battle between the top two teams in the table, it proved to be anything but. Mumbai racked up 200 in their first innings with half centuries for Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, but the bowlers won them the game getting the Capitals 0-3 in the second over.
From their it was game over, 4-14 from Jasprit Bumrah with support from his opening bowler Trent Boult made sure they secured a 57 run win.
This will be the fourth meeting between the sides this year, and despite the fact they finished next to each other in the table, there has been a clear gap in terms of quality on the field, with Mumbai winning all three of their meetings so far.
All or nothing
It was a change in approach for the Delhi Capitals in Qualifier Two as they dismantled a very strong Sunrisers Hyderabad side. They moved Marcus Stoinis to the top of the order in place of a wobbly Prithvi Shaw, and he put on 86 for the opening wicket to get the Capitals off to the good start they needed.
They set the Sunrisers 190 to win and took regular wickets to hold back the team in orange and three wickets in four balls from the current purple cap holder Kagiso Rabada made sure that they got over the line in a 17 run win.
A return to form for Shikhar Dhawan will please Head Coach Ricky Ponting as he has been very much feast or famine this year. They will be hopeful that he can produce another substantial innings in the biggest game of the year.
In my preview before a ball was bowled in the IPL this year, I predicted that the Mumbai Indians would go back to back and take home the title, so I have to stick to my guns with my tip in this one.
I am backing the Mumbai Indians to beat the Delhi Capitals and win the IPL at 1.70 with 888sport.