Mumbai Indians – five-time winners of the IPL now – BCCI
DUBAI (AFP): Brilliant hostile bowling led by Kiwi Trent Boult took Mumbai Indians (MI) to an emphatic five-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals (DC) and a fifth Indian Premier League title on Tuesday.
Boult struck twice in his first two overs as MI kept DC to 156-7 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 took opener Marcus Stoinis with the first ball of the final in Dubai, giving the upstart Delhi side 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,” Boult, who was traded to MI from DC last November, said 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.
MI brought in off-spinner Jayant Yadav to bowl the fourth over and he immediately bowled in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan for 15.
DC 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 DC managed just 38 runs in the last five overs, with the loss of three wickets, and MI 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 MI got the better of DC for the fourth time this year, including a drubbing in the first 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.” DC fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took the wicket of Kieron Pollard, for nine, to lead this season’s bowling rankings with 30 scalps over MI’s Bumrah on 27.
Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan added 47 runs together – BCCI
Mumbai Indians are all smiles after Trent Boult’s early strike in the IPL 2020 final – BCCI