|Indian Premier League final, Dubai|
|Delhi Capitals 156-7 (20 overs): Iyer 65 * (50), Pantalon 56 (38), Boult 3-30|
|Mumbai Indians 157-5 (18,4 overs): Rohit 68 (51), Kishan 33 * (19)|
|Mumbai Indians won five wickets|
The Mumbai Indians won a fifth Indian Premier League title with a five-wicket victory over the Delhi Capitals in the final.
Mumbai, the most successful team in IPL history, chased 157 balls with eight to lose as captain Rohit Sharma hit 68.
Trent Boult took 3-30 for Mumbai, including Marcus Stoinis with the first ball of the match in Dubai.
Delhi was 22-3 before captain Shreyas Iyer made 65 steps – he added 96 with Rishabh Pant – but Mumbai made sure their total was never enough.
The defending champions were still in control of their pursuit after Kock’s Rohit and Quinton plundered 45 of the first four overs.
Rohit was caught in the middle of the wicket with 20 needed on 23 balls and, although Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya were quick to call, Ishan Kishan’s 33 undefeated on 19 balls took Mumbai to victory.
This follows their IPL victories in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and means they have won the first national Twenty20 competition at least twice as many as any other team.
Mumbai still too good
A complete victory for Mumbai was a fitting end to a tournament in which they have been the outstanding team.
New Zealand fashion designer Boult, who has played everywhere with 25 wickets, cast a brilliant ball spell to put the game in their favor.
Delhi rallied by Iyer and Pant, who managed 56 of 38 balls, but Mumbai finished the innings impressively, conceding just 20 points in the last three passes.
Rohit struck majestically, hitting five fours and four sixes in his hallmark, classic style. His first six, on spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, came from the third ball of the pursuit.
Rohit fell with the end in sight, but the win was so comfortable the Mumbai bench was able to shake hands before the winning points were touched.
Delhi fails as big names fail
Delhi was in its first IPL final and had lost all three previous meetings with Mumbai this season. They were overlooked before the centerpiece started and suffered from the failure of their main actors.
Australian all-rounder Stoinis edged Boult behind to fall for a duck from the first ball and fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi’s top scorer of the tournament, made just 15. He was struck down playing an ill-advised sweep to Jayant Yadav. in the fourth plus.
Defending a low total, South African pitcher Kagiso Rabada – the tournament’s main wicket-taker – couldn’t prevent the Mumbai openers attacking and conceded 18 on his first stroke.
He came back again when Mumbai lost their second wicket – Suryakumar Yadav was exhausted for 19 after a confusion with Rohit – and was knocked out for 11 as Rohit ensured Delhi was unable to return to the game.