Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by 57 runs in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2020 and marched into their 6th final on Thursday in Dubai. After conceding 200 runs, DC's start was nothing short of horrendous. They were 0 for 3 in 1.2 over, with their top three batsmen gone for ducks. A 71-run partnership between Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel saved them from a major embarrassement as the team finished at 143 for 8 at the end of their 20 overs quota.
In the post-match presentation ceremony DC captain Shreyas Iyer took the thrashing in his stride and showcased amazing sportmanship by hailing the in-form Mumbai Indians batting unit. Iyer said that it was not an easy job to "control" MI batsmen like Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya.
MI lost their captain early, but Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar continued to score briskly while holding the innings. They partnered for 62 runs. Suryakumar then partnered with Ishan Kishan before departing for 51. Kieron Pollard the new man in, got out on a duck but then another parternship of 39 runs flourished between Ishan Kishan and Krunal Pandya. To end Mumbai's innings on high Ishan Kishan (55*) and Hardik Pandya (37*) added a quickfire partenrship of 60 runs off 30 balls.
"All the batsmen in their team are in great touch, especially when Hardik and Pollard come down the order, and their top-order batsmen have full freedom and are in great form. So it is not easy to control them, Iyer told Harsha Bhogle.
Further, Shreyas Iyer refrained from apeaking anything negative about his team but mentioned that they will have to enter the next match with a solid mindset. The 25-year-old called Ravichandran Ashwin, who scalped 3 wickets for just 29 runs a captain's delight. Iyer said that Ashwin plays mind games with the batsmen, adding that his inputs about the game plan also comes handy.
"Very tough. I don't want to talk anything negative about the side, but going forward we have to make sure we come out with a solid mindset. We were on top of the game especially in that phase when we got two wickets, and they were 110 for in 13 or 14 overs. That is when we should have capitalised more.
"We could have chased 170 on this wicket. It is part and parcel of the game. Every night can't be yours. We just talk about the opportunities we have. It is not easy to be in the bubble and follow the same routine every day. The practice we have put in, the hard work, it is really tremendous.
"Ashwin was brilliant. He is always there, offering something for the team. He plays with the batsmen's minds. Great to have his inputs as a captain," Shreyas Iyer concluded.
Delhi Capitals will now have to beat the winner of Friday's match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad to enter the final of IPL 2020.