Ruthless Mumbai Indians clinched an unprecedented fifth Indian Premier League title as Delhi Capitals were left to contend with a runner-up finish following a five-wicket defeat on Tuesday. (SCORECARD)
Skipper Rohit Sharma led the chase with masterful 68 runs of 51 balls as Mumbai chased down a target of 157 in 18.4 overs.
“We want to make winning a habit, and you couldn't have asked any more from the guys. We were right on the money from ball one and even until today, we never looked back. A lot of credit goes to people behind the scenes as well,” Rohit said after the match. This after Trent Boult (3/30) had reduced the Capitals to 22 for three with an excellent display of fast bowling.
But Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant dug deep and scored unbeaten fifties which lifted Delhi Capitals to 156 for seven. DC at one point were reeling at 22 for three in the 4th over before Iyer (65 off 50 balls) and Rishabh Pant (56 off 38 balls) added 96 runs for the fourth wicket to steer their team to what seemed a defendable total.
Pant hit four boundaries and two sixes on the way to his first fifty of the season, while Iyer struck six fours and two maximums.
If last year's Mumbai Indians won by one-run in Tuesday night, Rohit's aristocratic 68 made it an anti-climax with Mumbai Indians chasing the target in style. Rohit was helped by an equally important 33 runs contribution by Ishan Kishan.
“I think to be honest, I was not looking in good shape before this season. I spoke Krunal (Pandya) and Haridk (Pandya) and worked on my fitness and my off-side play,” Kishan said after the match.
Dejected but resolute Shreyas Iyer promised to comeback stronger next year.
“IPL always amazes you. Probably one of the toughest leagues to play. It's been a great journey. I'm very proud of my boys, it's not a small feat to reach the final. It was a great achievement. Winning the IPL is something more - one step ahead. We'll come back stronger and see to it that we win the trophy,” Iyer said.
Delhi Capitals: 156/7 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 65 not out, Rishabh Pant 56; Trent Boult 3/30 , Nathan Coulter-Nile 2/29).
Mumbai Indians: 157/5 in 18.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 68 off 50 balls).
11:04 PM IST: He (Rohit) was batting really well. Most importantly, he's been anchoring the innings well since the first game. I don't mind sacrificing (my wicket) for him at all-Suryakumar Yadav
11:01 PM IST: MI lost Rohit, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya in hurry but by that time, they needed runs in single digits. DC will have a year to think for a way through Mumbai Indians.
Very happy and we started preparations very early. We are just following the process. Today we decided that we are winning the tournaments every alternate year and we need to break this jinx-Jasprit Bumrah
10:53 PM IST: There were a flurry of wickets towards the end but it came too late for Delhi Capitals. Now it's a 4-0 record in favour of MI. These teams have met 4 times this season and MI have been clinical in every encounter.
10:51 PM IST: Mumbai Indians are the Champions; Their 5th title.
MI 157/4 (18.4) Ishan Kishan 33, Krunal Pandya 1
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians team reacts after winning the IPL in Dubai on Tuesday. Photo: BCCI
10:45 PM IST: KagisoRabada removes Kieron Pollard of an inside edge on to stumps.
MI 147/4 (17.1) Ishan Kishan 27, Need 10 in 17 balls
10:42 PM IST: Anrich Nortje get Rohit Sharma caught by Lalit Yadav for 68. Lalit dives at deep midwicket to pluck it out of thin air. Pollard walks in and hits two fours!!!
MI 147/3 (17) Ishan Kishan 27, Kieron Pollard 9, Need 10 in 18 balls
10:34 PM IST: Praveen Dubey into the attack. Cracked for FOUR!!!! past extra cover and follows it up with a second FOUR!!!! through covers
MI 137/2 (16) Rohit Sharma 68, Ishan Kishan 26, Need 20 in 24 balls
10:33 PM IST: Marcus Stoinis into the attack. DC need a fightback and Kishan manages to deposit the 4th ball for a massive SIX!!!! over long-off. Now MI are truly favourite to win.
MI 126/2 (15) Rohit Sharma 66, Ishan Kishan 17, Need 31 in 30 balls
10:25 PM IST: Axar Patel into the attack and MI are now taking singles. DC need to create pressure and bring the field up. Kishan beaten again but MI will back themselves to win from here. Axar figures for the match are 4-0-16-0.
MI 116/2 (14) Rohit Sharma 64, Ishan Kishan 9, Need 41 in 36 balls
10:20 PM IST: Ashwin bowls the 13th over and MI are looking in control again. FOUR by Rohit. Cut through covers. 10 runs of the over.
MI 112/2 (13) Rohit Sharma 62, Ishan Kishan 7, Need 45 in 42 balls
10:18 PM IST: Rabada goes for 11 runs and Rohit Sharma reaches his fifty. His first since Oct 1.
MI 102/2 (12) Rohit Sharma 56, Ishan Kishan 3, Need 55 in 48 balls
10:13 PM IST: Ashwin into the attack.A mix up in calling a quick single means Suryakumar Yadav is run out. Rohit called for a quick single. Both batsman end up on non striker end. But Yadav walks out so that skipper, who is nearing half-century, could play on. Dubey was quick with his throw and Pant removes the bails.
MI 91/2 (11) Rohit Sharma 47, Need 66 in 54 balls
10:09 PM IST: Axar Patel bowls his 3rd over gives away 7 runs;
MI 88/1 (10) Rohit Sharma 46, Suryakumar Yadav 18, Need 69 in 60 balls
10:06 PM IST: Praveen Dubey continues and has bowled well till now just 5 runs of the first over. Rohit was gettng bogged down and hits a SIX!!!!straight over bowlers head. Another one SIX!!! this time over long-on.
MI 80/1 (9) Rohit Sharma 40, Suryakumar Yadav 17, Need 76 in 66 balls
10:03 PM IST: Axar Patel into the attack. 2 runs of the over. Spinners have stopped the flow of runs.
MI 67/1 (8) Rohit Sharma 27, Suryakumar Yadav 16, Need 90 in 72 balls
9:59 PM IST: Praveen Dubey into the attack. Mumbai are now cantering and only 4 runs of the over
MI 65/1 (7) Rohit Sharma 26, Suryakumar Yadav 15
9:55 PM IST: Axar Patel into the attack and DC need wickets. MI can canter to this score after a balzing start.
MI 61/1 (6) Rohit Sharma 24, Suryakumar Yadav 13
9:52 PM IST: Suryakumar Yadav gets in and dispatches Stoinis for a FOUR and a SIX!!!. There is no pegging MI back.
MI 58/1 (5) Rohit Sharma 23, Suryakumar Yadav 11
9:49 PM IST: Marcus Stoinis gets Quinton de Kock .The ball is bowled cross seam and going across. Quinton edges; DC have a breakthrough one of many they need today.
MI 45/1 (4.1) Rohit Sharma 21
9:44 PM IST: Anrich Nortje into the attack.Rohit is also looking into a good touch. Nortje errs in the line and Rohit is quick to help the ball over short third man and into the boundary . FOUR!!! and MI are galloping. Last ball pulled for a SIX!!!
MI 45/0 (4) Rohit Sharma 21, Quinton de Kock 20
9:40 PM IST: Quinton de Kock is now looking in a hurry. Cracks Ashwin for a FOUR!!! through midwicket.
MI 33/0 (3) Rohit Sharma 9, Quinton de Kock 20
9:37 PM IST: Quinton de Kock takes 18 runs of Kagiso Rabada's over A SIX and a FOUR!!!. South African skipper Quinton tearing apart his country's premier bowler.
MI 26/0 (2) Rohit Sharma 7, Quinton de Kock 15
9:33 PM IST: Rohit Sharma steps out and smacks a SIX!!! of the third ball. R Ashwin to open the bowling for DC.
MI 8/0 (1) Rohit Sharma 7, Quinton de Kock 1
9:30 PM IST: Delhi Capitals walk out to defend the title and make history. A maiden title beckons them. MI in search for their fifth title. openers Quinton de Kock walks out with skipper Rohit Sharma. R Ashwin to open the bowling for DC.
9:18 PM IST: MI need 157 to win the fifth title. A score which needed a fightback from Rishabh Pant and skipper Shryeas Iyer. From 22/3 to 156, DC will take it any day. Iyer and DC bowlers will need to pick up quick wickets. Mumbai Indians have won the titles in odd years-- 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 can they do it an even year. 2020 has been pretty odd till now.
DC 156/7 (20), Shreyas Iyer 65 (50b, 4x6, 2x6), Pant 56 (38b, 4x4, 2x6)
9:11 PM IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl the last over and gets a wicket of Axar Patel c (sub (AS Roy) b Coulter-Nile 9; Iyer uses long handle to get a FOUR!!! Rabada is r/o of the last ball.
DC 156/7 (20), Shreyas Iyer 65, Kagiso Rabada r/o 0
9:07 PM IST: Last over of this IPL for Bumrah off course if there is no super over. He hasn't taken a wicket today but has been economical. Shreyas Iyer is hit on the pad and given not out but Mumbai go for review. But imapct is outside stumps and it's umpires call and Iyer survives. Bumrah finishes with 4-0-28-0
DC 148/5 (19), Shreyas Iyer 57, Axar Patel 9
9:02 PM IST: Boult into the attack and gets Hetmyer with a slow ball. You just can't stop Boult from picking up wickets. He has taken a wicket again but with a slower ball. Hetmyer is decieved and ends up giving a simple catch. A wicket and 6 runs; Trent Boult figures 4-0-30-3
Shimron Hetmyer c Coulter-Nile b Boult 5
DC 142/5 (18), Shreyas Iyer 56, Axar Patel 5
8:57 PM IST: Bumrah into the attack and is getting a bit of stick. Two FOURS and raises his Fifty. 500 runs for Delhi Capitals captain.
DC 136/4 (17), Shreyas Iyer 54, Shimron Hetmyer 5
8:51 PM IST: Jayant finsihes his quota of overs with 4-0-25-1.
DC 125/4 (16), Shreyas Iyer 44, Shimron Hetmyer 5
8:48 PM IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack. Pant hits 50 of a FOUR!! of 35 balls. Next ball edges for FOUR, BUt throws away wicket going for a big shot. Pant c Hardik Pandya b Nathan Coulter-Nile 56
DC 118/4 (15), Shreyas Iyer 41, Shimron Hetmyer 0
8:40 PM IST: Krunal to bowl the 14th over. Pant is now scoring quickly paddle sweep for a FOUR!!!! wide of short fine leg. 5 runs of the over.
DC 108/3 (14), Shreyas Iyer 41, Rishabh Pant 48
8:33 PM IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack; DC take five singles ensuring that scorecard is ticking. (2nd TIME OUT TAKEN)
DC 99/3 (13), Shreyas Iyer 39, Rishabh Pant 42
8:28 PM IST: Kieron Pollard into the attack. and Rishabh Pant cuts it for a FOUR!!!. DC are looking settled and MI cagey. These two have capability to take this match away. Pollard is trying to be as economical as possible. and Shreyas Iyer finsihes the over with a SIX!!!! over long-on.
DC 94/3 (12), Shreyas Iyer 37, Rishabh Pant 39
8:24 PM IST: Bumrah into the attack. Mumbai trying to break the partnership. DCs pair have added 60 runs for the 4th wicket. Bumrah now have two overs and those will be saved for death overs.
DC 82/3 (11), Shreyas Iyer 30, Rishabh Pant 34
8:19 PM IST: Pant now looking to attack. He has got a bit of start and lofts Krunal Pandya straight over bowlers head for a SIX!!!!. Follows it up with another SIX!!!! over midwicket; 15 runs of the over
DC 75/3 (10), Shreyas Iyer 26, Rishabah Pant 32
8:13 PM IST: Jayant Yadav is into his 3rd over and DC are now looking to consolidate. Keep the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos. (TIME OUT called)
DC 59/3 (9), Shreyas Iyer 24, Rishabah Pant 18
8:09 PM IST: Krunal Pandya into the attack. gives away 5 runs
DC 51/3 (8), Shreyas Iyer 22, Rishabah Pant 12
8:05 PM IST: Jayant Yadav into the attack. Yadav has bowled a good over after powerplay. Just 5 runs of the over
DC 46/3 (7), Shreyas Iyer 19, Rishabah Pant 10
8:01 PM IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack for MI; Shreyas Iyer dropped by Ishan Kishan at covers. It was a difficult chance but imp for DC Iyer survives. Nathan bowls on the pads and Iyer is good enough to guide it fine for a FOUR!!!
DC 41/3 (6), Shreyas Iyer 19, Rishabah Pant 5
7:55 PM IST: Boult into the attack and bowling his 3rd over. Iyer drives him past extra cover for FOUR!!!. All down to Iyer to inpsire and put the innings back on track. MI are all over DC for now. Iyer gets another FOUR!!! of Boult's over
DC 35/3 (5), Shreyas Iyer 14, Rishabah Pant 4
7:51 PM IST: Jayant Yadav into the attack annd makes an impact instantly. He has taken a big wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan was looking to slog sweep but the balls sneaks past him and knocks off the off stump
DC 25/3 (4), Shreyas Iyer 5, Rishabah Pant 3
7:46 PM IST: Boult back into the attack; and gets Rahane. The ball was outside the leg and Rahane manages to edge it to keeper. Rahane tries it to flick it down the leg side but gets a faint edge. Rahane doesn't take review. Surviving Boult was supposed to be key to the match.
DC 20/2 (3), Shikhar Dhawan 14, Shreyas Iyer 4
7:41 PM IST: Dhawan against Bumrah. What a contest. Bumrah is getting swing and bowling it across Dhawan, who manages to catch one and parry it over keepers head; Good Yorker almost gets through but Dhawan survives. It was a big inswinging yorker, similar to the one in the qualifier 1, Dhawan gets an inside edge.
DC 11/1 (2), Shikhar Dhawan 9, Ajinkya Rahane 2
7:37 PM IST: What a start for Mumbai. Dhawan did manage to get a four of the fourth ball but MI are picking up from where they left in qualifier 1.
DC 5/1 (1)
7:31 PM IST: Marcus Stoinis c Quinto de Kock b Trent Boult 0; DC 0/1 (0.1). Delhi are struggling and what a wicket for MI.
Mumbai Indians Trent Boult celebrates wicket of Marcus Stoinis of the first ball in the final on Tuesday. Photo: BCCI
7:30 PM IST: Marcus Stoinis and Shikhar Dhawan to start for DC, MI start with Trent Boult
7:24 PM IST: Putting a good total on the board would be good, and the wickets looks amazing. We have nothing to lose- Shreyas Iyer
7:17 PM IST: I don't mind losing the toss and I am happy to be part of another IPL final. What we have done is past doesn't matter-Rohit Sharma, for whom this will be 200th IPL match
7:10 PM IST: Teams for tonight:
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje
7:04 PM IST: DC go into the final with unchanged side. MI have one change Rahul Chahar out, Jayant Yadav in the playing XI.
7:00 PM IST: DC have won the toss and elected to bat first in the final.
6:45 PM IST: For DC the worry will be not to be overawed by the situation. Coach Ricky Ponting thinks that his sides' best is yet to come.
MI have no worries of that sort. Rohit Sharma at cusp of 5th title thinks his side has a slight physcological edge. 15 min to toss but meanwhile find out why Mumbai are favourites to win.
6:30 PM IST: Here are the top performers for both the sides:
Top scorers: Mumbai Indians - Ishan Kishan (483), Quinton de Kock (483), Suryakumar Yadav (461); Delhi Capitals - Shikhar Dhawan (603), Shreyas Iyer (454), Marcus Stoinis (352)
Top wicket-takers: Mumbai Indians - Jasprit Bumrah (27), Trent Boult (22), Rahul Chahar (15); Delhi Capitals - Kagiso Rabada (29), Anrich Nortje (20), Ravichandran Ashwin (15).
6:15 PM IST: Mumbai Indians have won the titles in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. DC have three players who have won IPL with differnet teams.
6:00 PM IST: Pitch report: The same venue was used for the qualifier 1 where Mumbai managed to post 200 batting first. The pitch still looks a batting beauty.
Weather: Looks like clear skies; Head-to-head: 27 Meetings; Mumbai Indians lead 15-12.
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5:35 PM IST: Kireon Pollard says that IPL Final clash is right up there with World Cup final if not more. Delhi chase history, It's an unchartered territory for them. Defending champions MI have been there and done that-- 4 titles.