The day has finally arrived, after two months of non-stop action, we are just 40 overs away from crowning the champion of IPL 2020. For Delhi Capitals it has taken several line-up changes, a shift in philosophy, an investment in youth, new owners, a whole re-branding operation, and being one step short in 2019 before this day has arrived for their maiden IPL finals.
For Mumbai, a fifth title beckons. A team so professional, they’ve had plans and backup plans and backup plans for those backup plans. It’s been almost a luxurious ride for Mumbai Indians coming into this final. They’ve pretty much done what they want, and they’ve done it so meticulously that there could scarcely be any arguments against the notion that this is possibly the best team performance ever in an IPL season.
DC won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain Shreyash Iyer trusting his strategy that worked wonders for them in their last match against Sunrisers. DC made no changes to their lineup coming into the finals. MI made one change for their final’s lineup, Rahul Chahar missed out on the expense of Jayant Yadav.
Boult puts MI in front
A key highlight of MI’s season has been wickets upfront in the powerplay and Trent Boult has a major role in it. Traded in From Capitals, Boult came into this game with five powerplay wickets against the Capitals this season. The first ball of the final and he makes it six, and it’s a big wicket, a short-of-length delivery on a tight line around off stump, and Marcus Stoinis isn’t sure if it’ll swing back in or keep going with the left-arm angle. He had a poke, the ball swings in but not as much as he may have expected, and there was some extra bounce too.
Boult wasn’t done hurting DC yet, in his second over Boult got his second wicket in Rahane, who was looking to work him off the pads and only managing a feather to the keeper down the leg side. DC was 20 for 2 in the first 3 overs.
The selection of Jayant Yadav over Chahar raised eyebrows, but he justified his selection. Coming to bowl the fourth over, Yadav bowled a slow flighted ball, and Dhawan who went for a sweep missed the ball and was bowled. DC was 25 for 3 after the end of 4 overs.
Iyer and Pant save Delhi
With three quick wickets in the powerplay, the deja vu of qualifiers 1 loomed over DC. In desperate need of partnership, captain Iyer and Pant came in rescue of the DC.
Rishab Pant coming into the final had a horrid season until today. Struggling with injuries and had a strike-rate of 109 which is way below what you expect from Pant. But today was different, Pant smashed 2 sixes in the 10th over. Taking DC to 75 for 3 after 10 overs.
Pant scored back to back fours off Coulter-Nile in the 15th over to bring up his half-century. This was Pant’s first half-century in the IPL 2020. However, Coulter-Nile had the last laugh as he dismissed Pant on the last ball of the 16th over.
After Pant it was Iyer’s turn to complete his Fifty. With his fifty Iyer also completed fifty runs for this year’s IPL.
Mumbai have been the best death-bowling team this season, and Bumrah and Coulter-Nile give them the sort of finish they’re used to, conceding just 6 and 8 from the last two overs. Iyer finished for 65 off 50 balls to bring DC back into the match. DC finished for 155 for 7.
Rohit is back
With not a big total onboard DC was looking for early wickets while MI was looking for a good partnership.
DC started in attacking fashion, with Ashwin opening the bowling. However, Rohit greeted him with a six on the third ball. On other hand, De Kock took Rabada head-on, gathering two fours and a six off his first over. MI was cruising early on with 26 onboard in the first two overs.
Mumbai continued to soar through the powerplay. The fourth over featured two Rohit Sharma pulls off Anrich Nortje, totaling 10 runs, the second one landing in the second tier beyond the midwicket boundary. They were now 45 for no loss after the end of 4 overs.
DC was in desperate need of wickets and wish was fulfilled by Stoinis, who dismissed De Kock on the first ball of his over. However, Suryakumar Yadav who came into bat next didn’t have DC any breathing room whatsoever, smashing a four and a six off his first two balls.
All was going well for MI. With 81 from 9 overs, and Rohit smashing two sixes in the previous over MI were looking to cruise away with the finals.
All was looking good for MI, until Rohit punches R Ashwin straight to extra-cover, sets off for an unnecessary single, and is three-fourths of the way down the pitch before he realizes the single isn’t on and his partner hasn’t budged. Then his partner does budge, crossing his captain so he’s dismissed by the throw to the keeper’s end. Suryakumar sacrificed his wicket for Rohit Sharma.
Rohit didn’t let Suryakumar’s sacrifice go in vain as he brought up his fifty in the 12th over. MI kept cruising, courtesy of Rohit, and Ishan Kishan. MI now needed just 20 runs from the last to clinch their fifth title.
DC was finally able to dismiss Rohit, courtesy of a sensational catch from substitute fielder Lalit Yadav on the deep mid-wicket.
DC went on to take two more wickets in form of Pollard and Hardik Pandya. But it was a little too late for them as Mi easily completed the case in the 19th over.
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