Mumbai Indians registered a comfortable 5 wicket over Delhi Capitals in the finals of IPL 2020 played at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai on Tuesday.
Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to bat first. It was not an ideal start for DC as last match hero Marcus Stoinis was dismissed off the very 1 st ball by Trent Boult. Shikhar Dhawan looked steady with his strokes and put some pressure on Mumbai Indians bowlers. Boult got rid of Ajiyanka Rahane with another good delivery to leave Delhi Capitals in trouble at 16 for 2.
Jayant Yadav replacing Rahul Chahar dismissed Shikhar Dhawan with a superb ball leaving Delhi Capitals in trouble at 22 for 3. DC captain Shreyas Iyer and Pant counterattacked making life tough for MI. At the end of the first six overs, Delhi Capitals made 41 for 3.
Iyer and Pant kept the scoreboard ticking taking singles and hitting boundaries. At the end of the first timeout, Delhi Capitals made 59 for 3. After the timeout, Iyer and Pant showed their class hitting boundaries to keep the momentum going for Delhi Capitals. It was an impressive batting display by both Pant and Iyer to revive DC innings from a tough situation. Delhi Capitals ended the 2 nd timeout at 99 for 3.
Pant came finally good to get his fifty off 35 balls. Nathan Coulter Nile provided the breakthrough for Mumbai Indians dismissing dangerous Pant with a simple catch to Hardik Pandya at fine leg. Pant and Iyer put on 96 runs for the 4 th wicket. DC captain Iyer completed his fifty too off 40 balls.
Mumbai Indians made a strong comeback in the death overs. Boult dismissed Shimron Hetymer with a slower delivery providing simple catch to Coulter Nile at short third.
In the last 3 overs, Mumbai Indians gave 20 runs restricting Delhi Capitals to 156 for 7 in 20 overs. Despite Jasprit Bumrah not picking any wickets, he bowled superbly with tight lines and lengths.
Chasing 157 runs to win, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma provided a flying start to the team putting pressure on their key bowlers Rabada and Nortje. Marcus Stoinis dismissed de Kock with simple catch to Pant. Mumbai Indians openers put on 45 runs in 25 balls. Surya Kumar Yadav continued his superb form making life tough for DC. At the end of the first six overs, Mumbai Indians raced to 61 for 1 and ended the first timeout at 65 for 1.
Rohit Sharma looked in cracking touch putting the Delhi Capitals bowlers under severe pressure. A miscommunication led to Surya Kumar Yadav run out. Surya Kumar and Rohit Sharma added 45 runs for the 2 nd wicket. The asking rate was under control as Ishan Kishan and Rohit kept the scoreboard ticking. At the end of the second timeout, Mumbai Indians made 116 for 2.
After the timeout, Ishan Kishan scored with ease and put the Delhi Capitals under pressure. Iyer did not bowl his main bowlers Rabada and Nortje to pick wickets. A sensational catch by Lalit Yadav at deep midwicket ended the innings for Rohit Sharma.
Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya fell cheaply but could not stop Mumbai Indians win the match by 5 wickets as Krunal Pandya hit the winning runs.
For his figures of 3 for 30 in 4 overs, Trent Boult was awarded the man of the match award.
Mumbai Indians 157 for 5 in 18.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 68, Ishan Kishan 33, Nortje 2/25) beat Delhi Capitals 156 for 7 in 20 overs (Iyer 65, Pant 56, Boult 3/30, Coulter Nile 2/29) by 5 wickets.
“We have won this tournament in alternate years, and we wanted to break that jinx!” – Both SKY and Bumrah echo the same sentiment https://t.co/AQnIEzWvJu #MIvDC #IPL2020 #IPLFinal pic.twitter.com/FiTD0ttQXm— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 10, 2020
#Mi isn’t just the best team in the #IPL, they’re the best team on the planet. Head and shoulders above the rest. Winning the crown is difficult…defending it is even tougher. Only the second team to do so in the IPL. 👏👏— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 10, 2020
Kudos to #DC too. Recovering from a horrid start in their first final, put up decent fight. At their best in the early part of the tournament, looked the most attractive side— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 10, 2020