Qualifier 1: Boult, Bhumra help MI cruise into the finals

Its Qualifier 1 in the IPL 2020. Just like that, we are four matches away from finding the winner of the tournament. Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Capitals. The winner goes straight into the final. The loser gets another shot at making the final when it meets the winner of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Mumbai is the most dominant side in the tournament, having lost just three matches in regulation time. They beat Capitals in both their league matches.

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Delhi won the toss and decided to bowl first. Delhi was unchanged from their last league game RCB. On the other hand, all the big names for MI were back, Rohit Sharma continued with the captaincy for MI.

MI with a strong start

A poor over from Daniel Sams gave MI the start looking for. Three fours from De Kock gave MI 15 runs from the first over.

Delhi replied with the wicket of Rohit Sharma in the second over. R Ashwin who has bowled plenty in powerplay this season picked up his seventh wicket in the phase by trapping Rohit Sharma lbw.

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Suryakumar Yadav joined De Kock in the middle after the fall of the first wicket. Both the batsmen looked in sublime touch and continued to score freely. At the end of the powerplay, MI was 63 for 1.

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Ashwin strikes again this time dismissing De Kock. De Kock was dismissed for 40 runs as MI was 79 for 2 after the end of eight over.

Delhi decided that the way to go against a Mumbai team packed with middle-order power is to hold back their two best fast bowlers in Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. They will, presumably, be targeting Pollard and the Pandyas against the short ball and with yorkers, and will bowl six of the last 10 overs between them.

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Nortje came into the attack in the 12th over. Yadav was the next player to be dismissed, trying to attack a short ball all Yadav could manage was a top edge and handed an easy catch at long leg.

Pollard came out to bat at number 5, however, his stay at the crease was a short one and lasted only two balls. Ashwin picked his third wicket of the innings.

Pandya, Kishan takes MI to 200

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Delhi brought their ace bowler Rabada for a third over in the 15th over. Delhi’s hope for wicket was crushed by Kishan who crashed Rabada with a six and a four of the consecutive ball.

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In the Following over Nortje was smashed for two fours and a six. MI was 140 for 4 after the end of 16 overs.

Delhi brought Stoinis to fill in the final over of the ‘fifth bowler’. Stoinis strikes the first ball, Dismissing Krunal Pandya.

Delhi was 145 for 5 with three overs remaining. Hardik came in to bat after the dismissal of his brother Krunal.

MI made 55 runs in the last 3 overs. Hitting 6 sixes in the process and 20 runs from the last over and MI finished 200 for 5.

DC rocked at the start

Boult has been unbelievable for MI this season and started in a similar fashion today. A double-wicket maiden in the very first over and Boult had already put Delhi on the back foot. Boult has now taken a wicket in the first over of all three games against Delhi Capitals this season – the team who traded him over the off-season.

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After Boult, it was Bhumra’s turn to join the party. A quick yorker on the second ball of the over and Dhawan had to walk back for a duck. DC was 0 for 3 in a chase of 200 runs.

Bhumra wasn’t done with DC’s batting lineup, in his second over he managed to get the wicket of DC captain Shreyash Iyer.

Delhi could have been five down inside the powerplay but for Hardik’s misjudged attempt at mid-on off his brother Krunal.

DC was 32 for 4 after the end of the powerplay and Mumbai had effectively sealed their place in the final. For Delhi, it was a case of damage limitation ahead of Qualifier 2.

Stoinis and Axar tried to put up a fight for DC. Stoinis took on Rahul Chahar scoring 19 runs in the 9th overs. He completed his fifty in the 12 over ad DC looked to fight back. After the end of 15 overs, DC was 112 for 5.

DC’s attempt of a fightback was shattered by Bhumra and all it took him was one over. The wicket of Stoinis on the first ball and Sams two ball later were enough to crush all DC’s hopes. A double-wicket maiden in the 16th over means Bhumra finished with a figure of 4-1-14-4, an extraordinary feat in t-20 cricket.

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DC finished at 143 for 8 at the end of 20 overs. Some brilliant exhibition of fast bowling meant MI cruised into the finals of IPL 2020.

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