Defending champions Mumbai Indians clinched their fifth Indian Premier League title by defeating Delhi Capital by five wickets in the final in Dubai on Tuesday.
Trent Bolt took three for 30 as the Mumbai bowlers laid the groundwork for their massive win by restricting Delhi to 15-15 for seven. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma scored 686 runs, leaving Ishan Kishan unbeaten on 33 runs.
Delhi needed a strong start to play their first IPL final against the most successful team in the tournament but were bowled out for 22 for three in the fourth over. Bolt dismissed in-form Marcus Stoinis in the first delivery and another opener Shikhar Dhawan off-spinner Jayant Yadav lost his wicket in an attempt to slug sweep.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer (65 not out) and Habshav Pant (5) kept the innings steady but Australia’s great Ricky Ponting’s coach Delhi did not get any results late and Mumbai could not easily chase down the score. Quinton de Kock fell for 20 and Suryakumar Yadav (19) sacrificed his wicket after joining Rohit, but Mumbai did not continue the test as they chased them.
Moving away from the gap between the two sides, Rohit hit four sixes in his winning streak to put Vijay ahead.
Delhi’s Kagiso Rabada finished as Mumbai’s top wicket-taker by 30 runs over Mumbai’s Jaspreet Bumrah (227) and Bolt (25). This year’s tournament was originally scheduled to start on March 29, after the Kovid-19 outbreak in India led to the relocation to the United Arab Emirates.
“We know it’s a tough time, everyone is stuck at home,” Bumrah said. “We are lucky that we can come and entertain people. If we can put a smile on their face, it is best for us. ‘
English fast bowler Joffra Archer has won the award for the most valuable player in the Indian Premier League. The 25-year-old Sussex bowler, who played for Rajasthan Royals, took 20 wickets at an average of 18.25.
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