IPL 2020 Final, MI vs DC: Dominant Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals to canter to fifth IPL title | Cricket News


Is he really injured? If this final was something of a ‘fitness test’ for Rohit Sharma, the star opener passed it with flying colours.
Rested from the Indian team’s white-ball leg for the impending tour to Australia due to a rather mysterious hamstring injury which has caused big controversy, the Mumbaikar churned out a captain’s knock, cracking 68 (51b, 5×4, 4×6) to lead the Mumbai Indians to their fifth Indian Premier League title, as they downed the Delhi Capitals by five wickets in a one-sided final in Dubai on Tuesday night.
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Unleashing his trademark front-foot pulls off the fast bowlers and smashing the spinners down the ground with characteristic ease, Rohit seemed intent on making a simple point he made when he returned from his injury to play for MI: ‘I’m fit and fine.’ He perished to a superb diving catch by substitute fielder Lalit Yadav at deep midwicket while trying to hook Anrich Nortje, but the job was done by then.

Towards the end, MI suffered a couple of more hiccups when Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya went out cheaply but Ishan Kishan (33 not out, 19b, 3×4, 1×6) continued his fabulous form to take MI home.

It was title No. 5 for ‘Captain Rohit,’ and his sixth as a player in the IPL. A decade back, MI had, for the only time, lost an IPL final while chasing against CSK, but this time, chasing just 157, they didn’t falter again, managing to defend the title successfully.

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IPL 2020 Final: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals

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Brilliant hostile bowling led by Trent Boult took Mumbai Indians to an emphatic five-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals and a fifth Indian Premier League title in Dubai on Tuesday. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

Boult struck twice in his first two overs as Mumbai kept Delhi to 156/7 and the reigning champions raced to the target in 18.4 overs with skipper Rohit Sharma hitting 68. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

Rohit led the chase in his 200th IPL appearance to inspire the most successful team in the Twenty20 tournament to add to triumphs in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

Boult, who was traded to Mumbai from Delhi Capitals last November, took opener Marcus Stoinis with the first ball of the final. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

Ajinkya Rahane was caught behind for two in Boult’s next over. Jasprit Bumrah’s fiery pace also kept Delhi in check. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

Mumbai brought in off-spinner Jayant Yadav to bowl the fourth over and he immediately bowled in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan for 15. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer, who made an unbeaten 65, and Rishabh Pant rebuilt the innings with a partnership of 96. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

But Nathan Coulter-Nile took Pant’s wicket for 56 — his first fifty of a disappointing season. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

Boult got Shimron Hetmyer for five with a slower short ball and he returned figures of 3/30 from four overs. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

Iyer went past 500 runs in a season for the first time but Delhi managed just 38 runs in the last five overs, with the loss of three wickets. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

Rohit and Quinton de Kock set a blistering pace with 45 runs in the first 25 balls before De Kock was caught behind off Stoinis for 20. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

Suryakumar Yadav was run out for 19 in a mix-up with Rohit, who hit four sixes and five fours in his 51-ball knock and nearly finished the game off with Ishan Kishan but fell to Anrich Nortje just before the end. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

Kishan, who scored over 500 runs in 14 games, stood firm with his unbeaten 33 as Mumbai got the better of Delhi for the fourth time this year, including a drubbing in Qualifier 1. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

Mumbai enhanced their record with a fifth triumph to become the first team after CSK (2010 and 2011) to win consecutive titles. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

It was title No. 5 for ‘Captain Rohit,’ and his sixth as a player in the IPL. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

It’s the first time that MI have won a crown in an even year. In what has been a magnificent campaign for them, MI came up with another dominant display in the final, beating the Capitals for the fourth time this season.

Earlier, skipper Shreyas Iyer (65 not out, 50b, 6×4, 2×6) and Rishabh Pant (56 not out, 38b, 4×4, 2×6) struck form, digging the Capitals out from a deep hole when they had slipped to 22 for three by just the fourth over, but MI still managed to restrict them to 156 for seven.

Showing commendable fightback, Iyer and Pant dug in to add 96 in 69 balls for the fourth wicket to bail their team out of crisis and breathe some life into the summit clash.
Mumbai Indians thrash Delhi Capitals to take fifth IPL title

Mumbai Indians thrash Delhi Capitals to take fifth IPL title

However, pulling things back brilliantly, MI conceded merely 38 in the final five overs to gain the upper hand.

For the eighth time in this IPL, Man of the Match Trent Boult provided a breakthrough in the first over for MI when he had Marcus Stoinis caught behind off the very first ball of the match, the first such instance in an IPL final. Boult struck again when Ajinkya Rahane was caught down the leg side for just two in the third over.

The Capitals suffered their biggest blow when talismanic batsman Shikhar Dhawan (15) missed a slog sweep off off-spinner Jayant Yadav to be castled for just 15. It’s not often that you see Dhawan mess up that stroke, but then whatever MI have touched this time has turned into gold.

TURNING POINTS
MI playing Jayant Yadav: Mumbai Indians dropped their performing leg-spinner Rahul Chahar and brought in off-spinner Jayant Yadav who had played just one match this IPL season. The decision was taken because of the left-handed batsmen in the Delhi Capitals line-up. The move worked immediately when he dismissed the in-form Shikhar Dhawan in the fourth over of the match. He finished with figures of 1/25.
Pant-Iyer partnership: Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer struck form when Capitals were reduced to 22/3 inside four overs. They picked their bowlers cleverly during their partnership of 96 off 69 balls to resurrect the Capitals innings.
De Kock going after Rabada: De Kock went after DC trump card Kagiso Rabada in his first over itself. He swung his bat hard at each of the six balls of the over, picking up 18 runs to disrupt Capitals’ plans.
Rohit targeting Dubey: Just when the Capitals spinners were settling down into line and length after de Kock’s dismissal, Rohit Sharma waited for their most inexperienced spinner in Pravin Dubey to come into the attack. The MI skipper picked up two sixes off the leg-spinner to ease the pressure for the rest of the chase.
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