Mumbai Indians have won their 5th IPL title by defeating Delhi Capitals who were playing their first final. It was a very easy and smooth ride for Mumbai Indians. Probably the best team in T20 cricket, MI needed just 157 runs to lift the trophy and they did it with ease in 18.4 overs.
This was the shortest final in the IPL history in terms of overs played. Mumbai Indians, skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front and scored an impressive fifty. He ended his inning on 68 runs. Boult was also impressive with the bowl as he took 3 important wickets.
Rohit Sharma was not in good form throughout the tournament. He also missed few matches due to injury but in the big final, it was all Rohit Sharma as he took the Delhi bowlers to the cleaners. Just a day ago he was rested from the ODIs and T20Is in Australia.
With this win, Mumbai Indians also broke their even-year jinx as this is the first time, they have won IPL trophy in an even year. Previously they lifted the trophy in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. We have seen a new champion in every leap year in IPL history 2008 Rajasthan Royals, 2012 Kolkata Knight Riders, 2016 Sunrisers Hyderabad. But this is the first time a new team has not won the title in a leap year. Rohit Sharma aka Hitman has also become only the second captain after MS Dhoni to defend the IPL title.
Mumbai Indians started the final of IPL like a champion. They created a record when Trent Boult became the first ever bowler to take a wicket on the very first delivery of IPL final. Boult sent the in-form Marcus Stoinis to the dugout for a golden duck and then came back in his second over and took the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane which broke Delhi’s backbone.
Delhi’s main player and highest scorer Shikhar Dhawan was also sent early by Jayant Yadav. After losing three wickets DC’s skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant steadied the ship to some extent as they added 96 runs for the 4th wicket. Pant after scoring his first fifty of the season, threw his wicket away in the 15th over. Shreyas Iyer scored 65 runs off 50 balls but Mumbai bowlers then pulled the things back in their favour after a staggering display of death bowling.
MI vs DC IPL 2020 Final Match Highlights
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