Defending Champs Mumbai clinch the IPL title with a clinical show against Delhi Capitals

A 5-wicket win over DC helped MI clinch their 5th title

With a dominant all-round performance, Mumbai Indians clinched their 5th IPL title against Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

It was the 8th time in this IPL that Tret Boult struck in the very first over of the innings.

The match swung into the favor of Mumbai on the very first ball of DC's innings when Trent Boult took the wicket of Marcus Stoinis with a stellar of a delivery.

The top 3 perished very cheaply with Ajinkya Rahane going down in the second over while Shikhar Dhawan was done and dusted by the off-spinner Jayant Yadav.

The inclusion of the spinner paid off really well as he went on with a superb spell of 25 off his 4 scalping one of the DC's in-form openers.

However, the captain Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant steadied the ship with a consolidating partnership of 96 runs off just 69 balls.

The major takeaways from the match (Source: TOI)

But Mumbai still managed to restrict them to a meager 156 for 7 after a fine last 6 overs of bowling display.

In the chase, Mumbai had other plans going after Delhi's orange cap winner Kagiso Rabada in the very first over. De knock struck some lusty blows and stacked up 18 off the over giving Mumbai a flyer of a start.

After De Kock went, the top scorer for the Mumbai Indians Surya Kumar Yadav got off to a flourish but soon he got in a mix up between Rohit and had to sacrifice his wicket for the captain who was playing nicely.

Rohit and Kishan then added 47 to settle the tension and take control of the chase. Towards the end, MI suffered a few hiccups when Rohit, Pollard, and Hardik Pandya were removed but it was too little too late for the Capitals. Ishan Kishan took Indians home with a fine knock of 33 off 19. 

It's the first time Mumbai Indians won in an even year. It was the first time they have won chasing. Previously they lost a solitary final against CSK while chasing just 157.

Rohit Sharma played a Captain's knock with 68 off 51 deliveries

The biggest takeaway was the return of Rohit Sharma with his flamboyant knock of 68. Amidst all the controversies regarding the hamstring injuries, Rohit was rested for the one-day tour to Australia.

But the Mumbaikar led his franchise to a clinic win with a Captain's knock comprising of some beautiful front foot pulls off fast bowlers and taking leg spinners down with charismatic blows.

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