Will sunrise over Bangalore or the capitals put their best against Mumbai?
By S Sai Jagannath
And here we are in the final week of IPL. Can't deny the fact how much happiness this tournament has given us in the past few months but there's still a week to go and probably the most important and anticipated week yet to witness.
From 7 teams it has been narrowed down to 4 teams and Mumbai Indians occupying the first place Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore hold 2,3 and 4th spot respectively. Next two matches will be very crucial for all the 4 teams. Qualifier 1 will be played on 5th November featuring Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals while the eliminator will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai will be looking to dominate Delhi despite such a big loss against Hyderabad in their last match. Considering both of their star bowlers missed the match and given rest they will full throttle against Delhi. The combination has taken 43 wickets to combine and are two of the best bowlers of the tournament. With Mumbai's fire packed batting line up Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have a big role to play in DCs bowling.
Delhi Capitals is surely a less experienced team in comparison to 4-time IPL winners but can surely surprise if their young guns show some composure. The match is no way a 50-50 match, Mumbai surely holds the edge and wouldn't want to take a second chance and face RCB or SRH.
RCB vs SRH is surely going to be a close match with SRH winning so convincingly against Mumbai in their last match while on the other hand, RCB has now lost 4 consecutive matches in a row and are badly wounded. RCB has a potential team to win against SRH. Credits to SRH and David Warner for qualifying for playoffs even after losing Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mitchell Marsh early in the tournament.
SRH looked dead confident with their openers being in form and the bowling unit stepping up at the right time. Even after so many advantages, I would say it's a 50-50 match just because of RCB's ex-factor ABD and Virat Kohli. If both of them get going then it won't take long for RCB to post a mammoth or chase down a mammoth total.