IPL champions Mumbai again
Trent Bolt and Nathan Coulter-Nile hit the target with great bowling. Quinton de Kock set the tone for the storm. Rohit Sharma played a strong innings. Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals in IPL title celebrations again.
Mumbai beat India by five wickets in the final of the 13th edition of the IPL on Tuesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Delhi scored 156 runs in the fifth over of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. With 7 balls left in Rohit’s fifty, Mumbai reached the target.
Mumbai, the most successful team in the IPL, won the title for the second time in a row and the fifth overall, all in the last eight. Playing in the final for the first time, Delhi’s title remained elusive.
Delhi have lost four of their four matches against Mumbai. In the first qualifier after two matches in the preliminary round, they also had the sadness of losing.
Chasing the target, Rohit and De Kock gave Mumbai a flying start. Two of them scored 45 runs in four overs. Marcus Steinis broke the tie by returning De Cock. The South African batsman made 20 runs off 12 balls with 3 fours and one six.
Photo: IPL Photo: Suryakumar Yadav, who started the first two balls of the IPL with four sixes, was run out for 19 runs. Rohit led the team to victory with a fifty off 36 balls.
Twelve fielders Lalit Yadav’s great catch to leave the Mumbai captain 20 runs away from victory. This right-handed batsman made 6 runs in 51 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes. In the end, the team lost 2 wickets but Ishan Kishan came back with an easy victory. He was unbeaten on 33 off 19 balls with three fours and a six.
Earlier, Delhi won the toss and elected to bat. They lost three top order batsmen by 22 runs.
They handled the initial push with the bats of Shreyas and Pant. Australian fast bowler Coulter-Nile broke the 96-run stand by stopping Pant, who was seen in the first fifty of the match. The young keeper-batsman made 56 off 36 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Shimron Hetmeyer could not meet the last demand. Shreyas’ unbeaten 65 helped Delhi to a 150-run stand. The captain’s 50-ball innings was sorted into six fours and two sixes.
Mumbai’s most successful bowler Bolt with 3 wickets for 30 runs. Coulter-Nile took 2 wickets for 29 runs. Jaspreet Bumrah bowled well even though he did not get a wicket. Mumbai later celebrated the title on the stage set up by the bowlers.
Photo: IPL Photo: IPL This year’s IPL was originally scheduled to start last March. But in the case of coronavirus, it is postponed twice. The Indian Cricket Board has decided to hold the tournament in the United Arab Emirates after much tension. The teams are there in the bio-safety zone, all the matches have been played in a field without spectators.
Delhi Capitals: 156/7 in 20 overs (Stones 0, Dhawan 15, Rahane 2, Iyer 65 *, Pant 56, Hetmeyer 5, Axar 9, Rabada 0; Bolt 4-0-30-3, Bumrah 4-0-26- 0, Jayant 4-0-25-1, Coulter-Nile 4-0-29-2, Krunal 3-0-30-0, Pollard 1-0-13-0)
Mumbai Indians: 158/5 in 16.4 overs (Rohit 8, De Cock 20, Suryakumar 19, Ishan 33 *, Pollard 9, Hardik 3, Krunal 1 *; Ashwin 4-0-26-0, Rabada 3-0-32 -1, Narkia 2.4-0-25-2, Stones 2-0-23-1, Axar 4-0-18-0, Dubey 3-0-29-0)
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 5 wickets and became the champions
Man of the Match: Trent Bolt
Man of the Tournament: Zafra Archer.