Mumbai Indians, the defending champions trounced Delhi Capitals and made their way into their 6th IPL final. They have beaten Shreyas Iyer’s side by 57 runs in the first qualifier on Thursday at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The table toppers were awesome throughout the season and they showed a staggering display of skills yesterday.
With this win they have qualified for the final and will stay in Dubai and will wait for the second finalist. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals who are stunned by yesterday’s defeat will travel to Abu Dhabi for Qualifier 2 on Sunday. Today an Eliminator will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The winner of today’s game will play Delhi Capitals.
Mumbai set a 201 target for DC and they got off to the worst start in the history of IPL as they lost their top 3 wickets for no runs on the board. Both Boult and Bumrah were awesome with the new ball. Boult took the wickets of Prithvi Shaw and Rahane in the space of only 3 balls. Next came Bumrah who delivered an unplayable yorker to Shikhar Dhawan who was in good form.
Delhi’s captain Shreyas Iyer hit a couple of boundaries but then Bumrah also removed him. Rishabh Pant’s poor form continued as he only managed to score 3 runs from 9 balls. Delhi was shattered but then Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel launched the counter attack. The Aussie hitter took Rahul Chahar and hammered him in all corners of the ground. Both Stoinis and Axar added 71 runs off 44 balls.
At this stage, MI skipper gave the ball to Jasprit Bumrah which could have been costly had Delhi’s batsmen defended Bumrah’s onslaught as Boult was out of action due to groin strain. But Bumrah did not let his skipper down. He sent Marcus Stoinis to the dugout by knocking his stumps down. Bumrah then sent Daniel Sams for a duck on the 3rd ball of his over.
Another positive for Mumbai in this match was that their skipper Rohit Sharma and their prime batsman Kieron Pollard both went for a duck but they still managed to score 200 runs. This shows the depth in their batting order. Mumbai is in their 2nd successive final and they are hopeful that they will clinch the trophy for the 2nd time in succession, a feat that only CSK has tasted before this.
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