Boult from the Blue: How the Kiwi surprised Delhi in the 2020 IPL final

Trent Boult made his way into the record books when the Mumbai Indians clash with the Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 final. This was after the speedster Kiwi became the first player in the history of the wicket scalping tournament for the first ball of a final Tuesday.

In Mumbai’s previous game against Delhi in the first qualifying game, Boult was only able to play two overs and he left the field afterwards. But in the final in Dubai, he landed two strikes inside Powerplay.

After winning the raffle, DC came out first with Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis.

In the opening’s first delivery, Boult showed superb use of the seam position and trapped the wicket of the shaped Stoinis with a catch behind. Coming back in length, the delivery pulled back to force a thick outer edge.

The New Zealand coach quickly struck again in the third part of DC’s innings as he got rid of Ajinkya Rahane, leaving Delhi to falter at 16/2 in 2.4 overs. On the fourth ball from above, Rahane attempted to throw a leg-side delivery, but the ball found an advantage and was taken perfectly by de Kock behind the stumps.

Boult, who has had a brilliant season, won 16 wickets in the 2020 IPL power play, at a 6.72 save rate in 36 overs. During the first overs of a round in IPL 2020, he scalped seven wickets with a saving of 4.86.

Boult also finished season 13 with a savings of 6.7 rgp and a strike rate of 13.5.

In the history of the IPL, the only player to record a better strike rate (min 10 wickets) in this phase over a season, was Umesh Yadav in 2018 (14 wickets, SR 13.2).

Meanwhile, the defending Indian champions Mumbai won their fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) title on Tuesday, beating the Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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