Mumbai Indians are unstoppable, aren't they? The defending champions have stormed into their 6th final after handing an 57-run thrashing to Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 Qualifier 1 on Thursday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The table-toppers were considered to be the team to beat and Rohit Sharma's men proved their top billing right with an emphatic display of all-round skills.
Mumbai Indians will stay in Dubai and wait for the 2nd finalist for Tuesday's IPL 2020 showdown while Delhi Capitals will travel to Abu Dhabi for Qualifier 2 on Sunday. The winner of Friday's Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Shreyas Iyer's men who still await their maiden final in the IPL.
Chasing 201, Delhi Capitals got off to the worst start in the history of IPL as they were reduced to 0 for 3 after Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah came up with a masterclass in new-ball bowling. While the New Zealand paceman got Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane in a space of 3 balls, Bumrah came up with an unplayable yorker to end Shikhar Dhawan's stay.
Shreyas Iyer managed a couple of crisply-timed boundaries but it was Bumrah again who removed the Delhi Capitals captain who made 12 from 8 balls. Rishabh Pant's struggles continued as he inspired little confidence after coming in at No. 6. He managed 3 runs from 9 balls and got out while failing to clear the boundary against Krunal Pandya.
Just when things looked down and out for Delhi Capitals, Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel launched a brilliant counter-attack. The Australian big-hitter took the attack to leg-spinner Rahul Chahar who had an off-day. The duo added 71 runs from 44 balls to put a bit of pressure back on the Mumbai Indians.
And then... Rohit Sharma throws the ball to Jasprit Bumrah
As expected Rohit Sharma threw the ball to Jasprit Bumrah to snap the stand. It was a tricky call as Trent Boult had a groin strain and was out of the field after bowling 2 overs. But Bumrah didn't let his captain down.
He ran in and knocked the middle stump before even Marcus Stoinis could bring his bat down. Stoinis departed a 46-ball 65 and with him went Delhi's outside hopes. Bumrah didn't stop there as he removed all-rounder Daniel Sams for 0 in the 3rd ball of the over. The scorecard read W.O.W!
Bumrah finished with his best figures in T20 cricket - 4/14 in 4 overs.
Kieron Pollard 0, Rohit Sharma 0, Mumbai Indians 200 for 5
Mumbai Indians were out to not just beat Delhi Capitals and clinch a final berth but it looked as if they were out on the park to intimidate the rest of the teams in the play-offs with their batting depth and firepower.
They lost captain Rohit Sharma, who is struggling to find his feet on return from the hamstring injury, for 0 when R Ashwin struck him in front as early as the 2nd over.