Delhi and Bangalore lock horns in their final league game on Monday in Indian T20 League 2020. The winner of this game would face Mumbai in the first qualifier on November 06. The loser of this game would aim to fix their NRR to upstage Kolkata from the top four.
Match Timings: Nov 02, 7:30 PM
2020 is offering a different excitement in the Indian T20 League. Two games are remaining in the tournament, and only one team has qualified for the playoffs. On Monday, Delhi and Bangalore would face each other to book their date with Mumbai, but the defeats' side effects would knock them out. After a 60-runs victory over Rajasthan, Kolkata would monitor this game. Delhi and Bangalore had a disappointing one week, and back-to-back defeats created a big tension.
With 14 points from just 9 games, Delhi was the table-topper, but they lost four straight matches with heavy margins, and now, they have 14 points from 13 matches, and they’re on the verge of elimination. The losing margin hurt Bangalore as they are coming off 3 straight losses and the last defeat against Hyderabad put their playoffs on hold. Delhi’s batting unit is taking no responsibilities, and the pressure is developing amongst bowlers who have been poor in the last couple of games. Delhi requires big support from Dhawan and Iyer, who has been terrific in the first half of this tournament.
The equation is clear for both sides. First, they have to think about the win in this game, and if they’re losing the game, they need to play with a saving approach. Chasing would be an ideal call to take all the chances in hand. Delhi would have to avoid a defeat of more than 18 runs and not allow Bangalore to chase their target in 18 overs. From Bangalore’s perspective, the run-margin is 21, and they should stop Delhi to chase their target in 17.3 overs. If they failed to do so, they have to pray for Mumbai’s win over Hyderabad on Tuesday’s encounter.
Abu Dhabi’s track is good for batting, and it has a good amount of help for the spinners. We have seen chasing sides winning the game on most occasions. Toss will play an important role. In the first half-an-hour, pacers can trouble batsmen.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Pravin Dubey/Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje
Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Gurkeerat Singh/Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana/Moeen Ali, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini
This season – M: 13, Runs: 471, Avg: 47.10
This season – M: 13, Wickets: 23, Avg: 18.04
This season – M: 13, Runs: 422, Avg: 32.46
This season – M: 13, Wickets: 20, Avg: 17.60