The Delhi Capitals, who reached the final of the IPL for the first time, could not demolish the fort of Mumbai, which was a four-time champion. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai won the IPL trophy for the second time in a row and for the fifth time in a row. In the final match played in Dubai, Delhi scored 156 for 7 wickets, but Mumbai scored 157 runs in 18.4 overs with the help of captain Rohit’s 51-ball 68.
Rohit and Quinton de Kock (20) started well by adding 45 runs on the first wicket for Mumbai, chasing Delhi’s target. Suryakumar Yadav (19) was runout in a misunderstanding but Ishan Kishan (33 *) shared a 47-run partnership with Rohit to show the team the way to victory. Rohit was dismissed in the 17th over but by then the team’s victory had been decided. Pollard (09), Hardik Pandya (03) lost unnecessary wickets. All the IPLs that have taken place so far have been on Sundays. The first time happened on Tuesday and there was a marshal for Mumbai.
Earlier, Delhi had a poor start when the team lost three wickets for 22 runs. Mumbai fast bowler Trent Boult dismissed Marcus Stoinis on the first ball of the innings. Ajinkya Rahane (02) also became his victim in the next over. Jayant sent Shikhar Dhawan (15) to the pavilion. Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer (65) and Rishabh Pant (56) shared a 96-run partnership in 11.3 overs for the fourth wicket, helping the team score a challenging score. Iyer hit six fours and two sixes in his innings of 50 balls while Pant hit four fours and two sixes in his 38-ball innings. This was Pant’s first half-century in 15 innings this season.
Delhi had decided to bat first after winning the toss on Tuesday, but Bolt, who returned to fit in the final, gave a big blow to the rival team’s plans in the beginning. Bolt’s bowling has been extremely deadly in the Powerplay this year. He has taken 16 wickets in his 36 overs in the Powerplay this season. Earlier in 2013, Mitchell Johnson took so many wickets in the first six overs.