IPL 2020: 'It's not going to be easy', Sanjay Bangar issues warning to MI ahead of Qualifier 1 clash against DC
MI seemed to have lost rhythm against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final league match, with Rohit Sharma’s return from injury being short-lived and their bowlers seemingly struggling without the premier pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult in their 10-wicket defeat.
IPL 2020, MI vs DC: Jasprit Bumrah vs Shikhar Dhawan and other key battles that could decide Qualifier 1
Ahead of Qualifier 1 between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, here are a few player battles that could determine the outcome of the contest.
IPL 2020: Shikhar Dhawan says DC will try and take advantage of Rohit Sharma's lack of form since returning from injury
Dhawan also backed his under-fire junior opening partner Prithvi Shaw, who has been in wretched form with sequence of scores in the last six being 4,0, 0, 7, 10 and 9.
IPL 2020: Anrich Nortje's spell helps DC beat RCB by five wickets as both teams qualify for playoffs
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IPL 2020: 'Really chuffed', DC skipper Shreyas Iyer believes his 'fearless' bunch of boys has what it takes to overcome MI
Iyer said the key to getting past holders Mumbai on Thursday in Dubai would be handling pressure with ease.
While DC went straight to Qualifier 1, RCB made the playoffs after their opponents took more than 17.3 overs to complete the task, helping Virat Kohli's side to finish the league stage engagements with better net run rate than Kolkata Knight Riders.
IPL 2020 Highlights, DC vs MI Match, Full Cricket Score: Kishan's unbeaten 72 helps MI beat DC by nine wickets
Follow live score and over-by-over updates from IPL 2020 match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians
If DC lose their last two games, it is entirely possible that KXIP will go past them on NRR even if they finish on 14 points and in such a case, Delhi could be eliminated if other teams on 14 points have a higher NRR.
If DC do lose both their games, they will remain stranded on 14 points. Both MI and RCB will have at least 16 points. Both KXIP and KKR could finish with 16 points, too. And both SRH and RR could finish on 14 points as well, with SRH’s net run rate significantly clear of DC’s after Tuesday.
IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals aim to shrug off recent struggles, seal playoff berth in clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad
Two back-to-back defeats against Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab must be hurting but Delhi Ccapitals need to shrug it off and add two points to take their tally to 16, which will elevate them to the top of the table.
IPL 2020: DC eye collective batting effort to consolidate top spot as KKR aim to stay in hunt for playoffs
Young Prithvi Shaw needs to bat with more responsibility at the top since Dhawan may not be able to rescue the side all the time. Shaw's last four innings have included two ducks.
IPL 2020: DC's Shikhar Dhawan says he has been 'running faster, feeling fresher and not afraid to get out'
Dhawan has scored two consecutive IPL hundreds, the first to achieve the feat, and slammed two fifties as well, making it a season to remember for him so far.
Check out photos from Match 38 of IPL 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals.
IPL 2020: DC skipper Shreyas Iyer says KXIP loss 'wake-up call', batsmen need to take more responsibility
Against KXIP, Shikhar Dhawan alone scored 106 while the quintet comprising Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Marcus Stoinis, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer contributed 54 runs collectively.
KXIP have already played IPL 2020’s table-toppers – Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore twice. Their final match-ups are against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Rajasthan Royals, with already-ousted Chennai Super Kings the final game on 1 November. Safe to say, their playoffs chances are very much active.
IPL 2020: Shikhar Dhawan's record-setting century goes in vain as Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Capitals
Pooran hit three sixes and six boundaries in his knock as KXIP scored 167 for five in 19 overs to notch up their third successive win in the tournament
IPL 2020: We make sure that we focus on the process, says Shikhar Dhawan as DC grab top spot on league table
Shikhar Dhawan also said that Ravindra Jadeja bowling the last over for CSK was an advantage as DC made the required 17 runs to win the match.
Shikhar Dhawan slams ton in DC's victory over CSK; AB de Villiers' 'freak' innings helps RCB beat RR
Catch the memorable moments from Delhi Capitals' win over Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore's victory against Rajasthan Royals.
IPL 2020: With century against CSK, Shikhar Dhawan shows he has enough fire for his international spot
Shikhar Dhawan is approaching the end of a relatively successful career, but not without one more push for an international bow on the grand T20 World Cup stage.
DC needed 17 runs off the final over and it seemed Shikhar Dhawan's maiden ton could go in vain but Axar Patel played a blinder of a knock, hitting three sixes off Ravindra Jadeja to finish off the game in style.