Powerplay executioner Trent Boult almost ended the final on the first ball of the match by knocking down Marcus Stoinis. That sinking feeling deepened when he knocked out Ajinkya Rahane in his second round and Jayant Yadav knocked out Shikhar Dhawan to leave the Delhi Capitals in shock at 22 for 3. They recovered thanks to Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant but couldn’t find a fiery finish in the last five overs to end up on a 156 under par.
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Backed by sharp cameos from Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma settled the issue with a 68 official as Mumbai drove home through five wickets with eight balls in reserve.
First evil balloon
It was probably the most venomous first ball of all the IPL Finals, certainly the first to take a wicket. It also led to a confusing and rare visual – have we ever seen a drummer fall into a regulation gash on the outside of the stump but swing 360 degrees to watch the doorman over his left shoulder? Such was the shock and awe in Stonis, who was crushed by an evil balloon from Trent Boult.
He jumped back a length, even as he stood up just outside the stump. And boy, was Stonis stunned by that extra bounce and fizz off the track. As the bat fell, the bullet had struck it near the handle and flew towards the doorman. The heavy bullet had opened Stoinis and pushed him into an awkward position.
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The moment seemed like a throwback to the 2015 World Cup final when Brendon McCullum fell first and the match drifted into a lame one-sided affair in Australia’s favor. A feeling that grew stronger after Rahane’s fall, strangled down the leg and firmed up after Shikhar Dhawan was cleansed by Yadav.
The inclusion of Yadav was another good move from Mumbai, who replaced him in place of Rahul Chahar to counter Delhi lefties. Yadav, who represented India in tests and an ODI before being sidelined for a long time by a career-threatening injury, is a courageous off-spinner. He showed it too, by throwing the ball into Powerplay, tempting Dhawan to go for the slog-sweep and spinning him past the lift to snap the stumps.
Iyer and Pant with recovery
Maybe the dire situation freed them. Maybe their own poor form raised all expectations. Whatever the reason, Iyer and Pant slowly started to pick their way up to 59 for 3 of 9 points when Krunal Pandya helped their cause in the next one. The left arm spinner usually likes to keep it tight, but perhaps moved by the fact that another wicket at this point could derail Delhi, he stole a lot more than usual. The spinners generally skidded the ball away from Pant, away from the stump, causing him to slip the ball through the line. Pandya threw him over the stumps and Pant slammed him for two sixths as 16 runs went by and the innings found momentum.
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Iyer crushed Kieron Pollard for a six and he was well prepared for a takeoff in the last five passes when Pant fell from the last ball from the 15th over, his favorite wrist sliding to the side sending the ball straight to the leg depth. square back. From there, Iyer lost too much steam, and although he remained undefeated, ultimate success never came – neither from him nor the others as Delhi finished 156.
Rohit lifts the cup for the fifth time
The past few days have been a controversial one for Rohit, to say the least, with how he managed to recover from his injury. There was also a battle in the battle against R Ashwin, who opened the bowling alley after a few earlier successes against him, but Rohit rushed to the lane to put him in the first one longer. With de Kock taking the pressure off with a thundering cameo and Yadav also starting briskly, Rohit continued to flow in his unmistakable style. There was also some interest in how Sharma would play leg spinner Praveen Dubey, as he had trouble picking the googly out of most leggies. However, he settled all doubts by dropping the young tweaker for two sixes in the ninth.
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However, Rohit was not fully confident against Ashwin and a desperate attempt to turn the strike off with a quick single against him saw him eliminate Yadav in the 11th. Yadav didn’t want this run, remained rooted at the non-attacking end, but Rohit didn’t interrupt his run at any stage and Yadav, Mumbai’s top batsman this tournament, sacrificed his wicket for his well-tuned captain.
“He was hitting really well at that point and anchoring the innings; I don’t mind sacrificing, ”Yadav will say later. Rohit continued to anchor the chase and although he fell towards the end, there was no doubt that Mumbai would win the IPL for the fifth time.