Mumbai Indians entered the last of IPL 2020 with an overwhelming exhibition, squeezing out a 57- run prevail upon Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 at the Dubai International Stadium, on Thursday.
In the wake of posting a mammoth 200/5, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah chased in packs to stop Delhi for 143/4 in 20 overs.
In spite of the misfortune, Delhi will have a shot at the title as it will confront the champ of the Eliminator, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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“I guess this is the best performance. The way De Kock and Suryakumar Yadav took the momentum after I got out early was good to see. Perfect result for us. We never had a target in mind. We are a different team and we play differently. We just wanted to have a good powerplay and then take it from there,” Rohit said.
Senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin applied brakes on the Mumbai batting by picking a three-wicket pull, including the valued scalps of Rohit, De Kock and Kieron Pollard.
Be that as it may, Ishan Kishan with an unbeaten 55 off 30 balls and Hardik Pandya with an unbeaten 37 off 14 balls guaranteed Mumbai posts an overwhelming absolute ready.
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“We knew we have the power to accelerate at the end. Ishan has been in just great form, so we just wanted him to be really positive after the second time-out. We told that to Krunal as well, just bat positively and put the bowlers under pressure. With such a versatile squad, we can change the batting and bowling order,” Rohit said.
Pacer Trent Boult, who picked 2/9 in his two overs, continued a crotch injury. In any case, Rohit said the star pacer will be back for the last.
“I’ve not seen him (Boult). But he seems okay. I don’t think it’s a big problem. Three-day rest and he should be back on the park. Bumrah and Boult have been in solid form. They play for different teams so they have different plans. We as a team have different plans and it’s great to see them execute those,” the MI captain said.
Jasprit Bumrah unleashed devastation with the ball with a four-wicket pull (4-1-14- 4) and the yorker pro said he wants to execute the job, asnews24nationed to him.
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“I am okay with not getting wickets and winning the tournament, I have been given a role so I just want to execute that role. Opening yorker was really important. I decided I will do that early in the game and when it comes off it’s always nice. I am always ready when the captain wants me to bowl. I don’t focus on the end result,” Bumrah who was declared the Player of the Match, said.
“I have a great camaraderie with Boult. We discuss fields, situations, so there’s a lot to learn from him. Batsmen have been taking all the awards, so it’s good to get it as a bowler. I don’t worry about awards. As long as the team is winning I am happy,” he added.
Losing captain Shreyas Iyer underlined on the way that his group should zero in on the positives, as opposed to staying about the misfortune.
“I don’t want to speak negatively about the team, but going forward it’s important to come with a strong mindset. It’s never too late, and we’ll see to it that we come back strongly. I think we were on top when we got two quick wickets, and they were 102-4. We could have capitalized more at that time, and gotten two more wickets – maybe we could’ve chased around 170, but it’s part and parcel of the game. Every night can’t be yours,” Iyer said.
“We keep talking about the opportunities that we get and it’s important to have a good mindset. It’s not easy to be in the bubble and follow the same routine, but the practice we have done over the last few days, I’m really happy with the boys and their preparations. Ravi Ashwin was a positive for us tonight – he plays around with the batsmen’s head a lot, really good to have him in the team, and he’s quite an asset for us, especially me as a captain,” he added.