Defending champions Mumbai Indians claimed their fifth Indian Premier League title after thrashing Delhi Capitals by five wickets in Tuesday’s final in Dubai.
Trent Boult took three for 30 as Mumbai’s bowlers laid the foundation for their comprehensive victory by restricting Delhi to a below-par 156 for seven. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma smashed a breezy 68 and Ishan Kishan made 33 not out as they prevailed with eight balls to spare.
Playing their maiden IPL final against the tournament’s most successful side, Delhi needed a strong start but were instead reeling at 22 for three in the fourth over. Boult dismissed the in-form Marcus Stoinis with the first delivery while Shikhar Dhawan, the other opener, lost his wicket to off-spinner Jayant Yadav attempting a slog sweep.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer (65 not out) and Rishabh Pant (56) steadied the innings but Delhi, coached by Australia great Ricky Ponting, could not muster a late flourish and settled for a score which Mumbai chased down easily. Quinton de Kock fell for 20 and Suryakumar Yadav (19) sacrificed his wicket after a mix-up with Rohit, but Mumbai were barely tested in their chase.
Rohit shrugged off the twin setbacks and smashed four sixes in his entertaining knock before holing out with victory in sight.
Delhi’s Kagiso Rabada finished as the IPL’s leading wicket-taker with 30, ahead of the Mumbai duo of Jasprit Bumrah (27) and Boult (25). This year’s tournament, originally scheduled to begin on March 29, was moved to the United Arab Emirates following the Covid-19 outbreak in India.
“We know it’s a difficult time, everyone is stuck at home,” Bumrah said. “We’re lucky that we could come and entertain people. If we could bring smiles to their faces, it’s the best thing we could do.”
The England fast bowler bowler Jofra Archer won the Indian Premier League’s most valuable player award. The 25-year-old Sussex bowler, who played for Rajasthan Royals, took 20 wickets at an average of 18.25.