Ricky Ponting’s magic runs out in IPL final as Marcus Stoinis flops

It was the masterstroke that led the Delhi Capitals to the IPL Final but Ricky Ponting’s ploy of promoting Marcus Stoinis to opener didn’t pay dividends in the match that counted.

Stoinis had scored 38 to get the Capitals into the final but he was removed for a golden duck with the very first ball of the innings as Delhi failed to fire with the bat.

Brilliant hostile bowling led by New Zealander Trent Boult took Mumbai Indians to an emphatic five-wicket victory and a fifth Indian Premier League title on Wednesday.

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

Sharma, 33, 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.

Boult, who was traded to Mumbai from Delhi Capitals last November, took opener Stoinis with the first ball of the final in Dubai, giving his old team a grim warning of the tough night ahead in the empty stadium.

“It’s been a good few months, giving the franchise a good start,” said Boult after being named man of the match.

“With everything going on, I’ve been welcomed in the side. To have made it across the line, it’s been worth it.”

Ajinkya Rahane was caught behind for two in Boult’s next over. Jasprit Bumrah’s fiery pace also kept Delhi in check.

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

Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer, who made an unbeaten 65, and Rishabh Pant rebuilt the innings with a partnership of 96.

But Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile took Pant’s wicket for 56 – his first fifty of a disappointing season.

Boult got Shimron Hetmyer for five with a slower short ball and he returned figures of 3-30 from four overs of devastating left-arm pace.

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, and Mumbai quickly took control of the run chase.

Sharma 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. Later Suryakumar Yadav was run out for 19 in a mix-up with Sharma.

Sharma hit four sixes and five fours in his 51-ball innings and nearly finished the game off with Ishan Kishan but fell to South African quick Anrich Nortje just before the end.

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 the first semi-final qualifier.

“I wasn’t looking in good shape at the start of this season, so I had a good chat with Hardik (Pandya) and Krunal (Pandya),” said Kishan.

“Wanted to do what was good for the team with the bat and score big runs.”

Delhi fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took the wicket of Kieron Pollard, for nine, to lead this season’s bowling rankings with 30 scalps over Mumbai’s Bumrah on 27.

England paceman Jofra Archer was named the most valuable player of the tournament for his 20 wickets for bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals.

– AFP

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