IPL 2020: For the 1st time in 6 IPL finals Mumbai Indians will not be up against MS Dhoni in the opposite camp

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Few can argue that Mumbai Indians have not been the best team in the IPL this season and that there has been any other team that has looked like challenging their might.

It was not surprising to see them become the first team to reach the IPL 2020 play-offs and that too with a game to spare.

On Thursday, they showed their dominance in IPL 2020 with a scintillating performance against the Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1.

Put in to bat first, they overcame a mini-collapse in the middle-order and posted an above par score of 200 runs.

It was what they did after that that showed their might. Delhi Capitals were reduced to 0/3 in 2 overs. Never before had a team lost three wickets without scoring a run. And that too to do it in a qualifier match, that is what makes Mumbai Indians a force to reckon with. They have the ability to turn up in important games.

Their record in the IPL also shows that. After crushing the Delhi Capitals on Thursday, they made it to their 6th IPL final. Only MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings have made it to more finals by reaching 8.

But what again separates the two teams is their ability in the big games. MI have won 4 out of their 5 finals in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, defeating the Chennai Super Kings in all of them, except in 2017 when they defeated Rising Pune Supergiants. It is only once that they lost in a final, and that was again to the CSK in 2010.

This will also be the first IPL final where Mumbai Indians will not be facing MS Dhoni in the opposing camp. Previously the have clashed against the India legend in all their IPL finals. In 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2019, MS Dhoni was leading CSK against the Mumbai Indians. In 2017, MS Dhoni was at Rising Pune Supergiants when MI defeated them in the final in Hyderabad.

It is only on Sunday that we will find out who MI will play in the finals this season. This is also the first time that MI have made it to successive IPL finals.

Rohit Sharma’s enviable record in IPL finals

A look at their skipper Rohit Sharma’s record in IPL finals will give them further hope.

This will be the 6th time that he will be in the finals and he has not lost any of his matches in the finals of an IPL season.

His first final was in 2009 with the Deccan Chargers and they went on to lift the trophy by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore.

After that Rohit Sharma led the Mumbai Indians to the four titles that MI won in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

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