IPL 2020 final, stats preview: Delhi Capitals eye maiden title, Mumbai Indians fifth
After almost two months of breathless action, the Indian Premier League season will see defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 final on Tuesday.
MI will be chasing a record fifth title, and their second in succession while DC are looking for a maiden crown.
While a cracking summit clash awaits, let’s take a look at a few intriguing stats:
MI vs DC head-to-head
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have faced each other 27 times over the years in the IPL, with MI just edging the contest with 15 wins to DC’s 12. MI though have won four of their last five contests vs DC.
In IPL 2020, MI have beaten DC in all three games they have played against each other – twice in the group stages and then again in Qualifier 1.
However, DC have recent history to gather inspiration from. In IPL 2017, MI lost thrice to the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant before beating them in the final to win their third title.
Odds favour MI
However, in each of the last two editions, the IPL champion has beaten the other finalist four times across the season. CSK beat SRH four times en route the 2018 title while MI, in turn, beat CSK four times in 2019.
Moreover, since the IPL qualifiers system was introduced in 2011, the team winning Qualifier 1 has gone on to lift the title six times out of nine.
MI also topped the IPL 2020 points table, and they are the only team to lift the title twice (2017 and 2019) while also topping the table in the group stages.
This will also be MI’s sixth appearance in IPL finals, the second-most after CSK (8). Notably, CSK had lost their sixth IPL final (in 2015) to MI.
Firsts for Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals were one of the most well-balanced sides coming into IPL 2020, with a good mixture of youngsters and veterans in the team. The formula served them well, carrying them to their first-ever IPL final in 13 editions.
Introducing Shreyas Iyer as the captain midway through 2018 has paid off in the long-term as Iyer has now become the youngest captain to lead a team to an IPL final at 25 years and 339 days.
The record was previously held by his counterpart in Tuesday’s clash, Rohit Sharma who led MI to the IPL final in 2013 at 26 years and 26 days. Incidentally, MI won their first IPL title in that edition.
DC also have some big-match experience to draw from in their squad, with three members having previously won an IPL title.
Strike bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has won two IPL titles with CSK (2010 and 2011) while in-form batsman Shikhar Dhawan won the 2016 title with SRH and Axar Patel won in 2013 with MI.
Win toss, bat first
Win the toss and bat first in a final is an oft-followed formula in world cricket, with experts often citing the pressure of a chase in a big game as the reason. Moreover, the IPL stats back this strategy.
In eight of the previous 12 IPL finals, teams batting first have emerged victorious, including four of the last five. Rajasthan Royals in 2008, Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and 2014, and CSK in 2018 are the only teams to have won an IPL title while chasing.
It is a strategy that has particularly worked for MI before, with each of their four titles coming after they batted first in the final. The only time MI chased a total, in the 2010 IPL final, they ended up losing to CSK.
IPL final list: history, results and champions
IPL 2008 final: Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets
IPL 2009 final: Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 runs
IPL 2010 final: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 22 runs
IPL 2011 final: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs
IPL 2012 final: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets
IPL 2013 final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs
IPL 2014 final: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets
IPL 2015 final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs
IPL 2016 final: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs
IPL 2017 final: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run
IPL 2018 final: Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets
IPL 2019 final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run