Mumbai Indians entered the Indian Premier League (IPL) final for the sixth time on Thursday with a good view of the experience of playing big matches like a four-time champion, beating Delhi Capitals by 57 runs in Dubai on Thursday. Defending champions Mumbai, after losing the toss, batted first and scored a strong 200 runs for five wickets. In response, the Delhi team was able to score 143 runs for eight wickets. Mumbai had earlier reached the finals in 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 as well. The journey to Delhi is not over yet. He will take on the winner of the eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday in the second qualifier.
Despite losing wickets at regular intervals in Mumbai, Quinton Dickock (40 off 25 balls), Suryakumar Yadav (51 off 38 balls, six fours, two sixes), Ishaan Kishan (55 not out 30 balls, four fours, three sixes) and Death. Hardik Pandya (37 not out with the help of five sixes off 14 balls) managed to score a big score in the overs. Mumbai scored 55 runs in the last three overs. After this Jaspreet Bumrah (four wickets for 14 runs) and Trent Boult (two for nine from two overs) wreaked havoc and sent Delhi to the backfoot in the first two overs. Half of Delhi’s team was in the pavilion for 41 runs. Marcus Stoinis (65 off 46 balls) and Akshar Patel (42 off 33 balls) narrowed the loss by adding 71 runs for the sixth wicket.
Delhi had a very poor start in front of a big goal. Bolt dismissed Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane in the first over, while Bumrah scattered Shikhar Dhawan’s balls in the next over. Delhi’s account was also not open and three wickets fell. Bumrah also did not let captain Shreyas Iyer (12) survive, while Rishabh Pant (three) again failed. The dew started showing its effect and Stoinis targeted Rahul Chahar, who took 35 runs in two overs. Stoinis hit three sixes on him, while Akshar made the match exciting by hitting two sixes over Kieron Pollard.
In such a situation, Bumrah held the ball and scattered Stoinis’ balls on the first ball and then caught Daniel Samms behind the wicket. Stoinis hit six fours and three sixes in his innings. Patel was dismissed in the last over. His innings included two fours and three sixes. Kagiso Rabada remained unbeaten after scoring 15 runs. Earlier, if Suryakumar made the innings in the first 10 overs, then in the final 10 overs, Kishan handled it well. Both of them held one end. Kishan and Hardik eventually shared a 60-run partnership off 23 balls.
Two of Delhi’s leading bowlers, Kagiso Rabada (42 runs) and Enrique Norje (one wicket for 50), conceded 92 runs in eight overs. Ravichandran Ashwin (3 for 29), however, bowled impressively. Dickock collected 15 runs in the first over from Daniel Symes with the help of three fours, but Rohit Sharma failed in his second consecutive match after recovering from injury. Ashwin lbw to Rohit lbw on a beautiful off break. Rohit equaled the records of Harbhajan Singh and Parthiv Patel in the IPL, being dismissed for zero 13 times.
Dickock maintained his aggressive temper and he was fully supported by new batsman Suryakumar, leading Mumbai to 63 for one in the Powerplay. Suryakumar targeted Ashwin for two sixes, but the off-spinner forced Dickock to take a waving catch in the air. Dickock hit five fours and a six. But only 15 runs were scored in the middle overs and Suryakumar and Kieron Pollard returned to the pavilion. Norje sent Suryakumar to the pavilion who completed a half-century from the visible fours at midwicket before being caught at the boundary line. Ashwin did not even let Pollard open the account.
Kishan changed the gear after this. Kishan’s six over deep square leg on Rabada was visible. Krunal also hit an easy catch off Stoinis with a six over Norje. Hardik and Kishan hit sixes in Sam’s 18th over. Hardik spoiled his bowling analysis by hitting two sixes off Rabada and Norje. Kishan completed his half-century by sending the last ball of Norje’s innings for a six.
Mumbai Indians innings:
Dhawan Bo Ashwin of Quinton Dickock 40
Rohit Sharma Pagbadha Bo Ashwin 00
Suryakumar Yadav’s Sam’s Bow Norje 51
Ishaan Kishan 55 not out
Kiron Pollard’s Rabada Bo Ashwin 00
Krunal Pandya’s Sam’s Bow Stoinis 13
Hardik Pandya 37 not out
Additional (Bai 01, Leg Bai 02, Wide 01) 05
Total (20 overs, five wickets) 200
Wicket Fall: 1–16, 2–78, 3–100, 4–101, 5–140,
Delhi Capitals innings:
Prithvi Shaw’s Decock Bow Bolt 00
Shikhar Dhawan Bo Bumrah 00
Ajinkya Rahane Pagbadha Bow Bolt 00
Shreyas Iyer’s Rohit Bo Bumrah 12
Marcus Stoinis Bo Bumrah 65
Rishabh Pant’s Suryakumar Bo Krunal 03
Akshar Patel’s Chaar Bo Pollard 42
Daniel Symes’s Dick Bo Bumrah 00
Kagiso Rabada 15 not out
Enrique Norje Unbeaten 00
Extra (Wide 06) 06
Total (in 20 overs, at eight wickets) 143
Wicket Fall: 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, 5-41, 6-112, 7-112, 8-141
Coulter Nile 4-0-27-0