Sikhikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are in red at the top of Delhi Capitals’s batting order. As is the case with Trent Boult of the Mumbai Indians and Jasprit Bumrah, apparently the leading combination of the IPL. Their facial expressions could well determine Tuesday’s game – a repeat of last year’s final.
Although both teams have spent a bit of time down the blocks, not winning two wins each in three games so far, DC will be able to see that MI, perhaps the most iconic outfit in the IPL, has its limitations. Rohit Sharma’s men came out on top in all four of their meetings last season – twice in the league and twice in the playoffs.
The MI also became better acquainted with the conditions in the M.A. Chidamabaram Stadium, where it has played its three matches so far, will be the first DC match in Chennai this year.
It will help DC if the openers will continue their form from Sunday.Interestingly, the 2 have a powerful relationship with Bombay – whereas Dhawan opened MI within the early years of the IPL, Shaw may be a product of the Bombay royal stable.Grammar Check
If the two are able to withstand the Boult-Bumrah storm and let captain Rishabh Pant follow the spin twins Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya, DC’s last chances of finding a previous MI route will improve.
If DC puts Anrich Nortje in XI, there will also be a direct collision between these two awesome combinations. After all, Rabada-Nortje included 52 wickets in the IPL-13, similar to the combined number of Boult and Bumrah.
MI has a lot of features included, but it has not yet solved the third pacer puzzle. Neither Marco Jansen and Adam Milne, both given MI debuts, seem to be successful so far. It could force Hardik Pandya to put himself in the spotlight on Tuesday for the first time this season.