Mumbai Indians make final after one-sided win
Dubai: Mumbai Indians put themselves in line for a second IPL crown on the trot as they humiliated Delhi Capitals by 57 runs in the first qualifier and make the final at Delhi International Stadium this evening.
Chasing a tall target of 201, Delhi were off to a disastrous start when they were zero for three in the second over – losing both openers Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane. Jasprit Bumrah, who finished with four for 14 to take over the Purple Cap (27 wickets) and Trent Boult (2/9) were the wreckers in chief.
A valiant partnership between Marcus Stoinis (65) and Axar Patel (42) eventually helped Delhi finish at a respectable 143 for eight wickets.
Earlier, a blazing, unbeaten 60-run partnership off 23 balls by Ishan Kishan (55 off 30 balls) and Hardik Pandya (37 off 14) helped Mumbai to a towering 200 for five after being sent into bat.
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Dubai: A blazing, unbeaten 60-run partnership off 23 balls by Ishan Kishan (55 off 30 balls) and Hardik Pandya (37 off 14) helped Mumbai Indians to a towering 200 for five wickets in the first qualifier against Delhi Capitals in IPL in Dubai this evening.
Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer’s decision to send Mumbai to bat, certainly with the dew factor in mind, seems to have backfired as the champions recovered from the loss of three quick wickets on the home stretch to notch up a potentially match-winning total. Surya Kumar Yadav continued with his good form with a stylish 51 while opener Quinton de Kock scored 40 off 25 balls.
The total is a reflection of the depth in MI batting line-up for it came despite skipper Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard fallingl for ducks.
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