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Black Cap helps Mum­bai to 5th ti­tle

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DUBAI: De­fend­ing champions Mum­bai In­di­ans claimed their fifth In­dian Pre­mier League ti­tle af­ter romp­ing to a five­wicket vic­tory over Delhi Cap­i­tals in yes­ter­day’s fi­nal in Dubai.

Mum­bai’s bowlers, led by Black Cap Trent Boult (three for 30), laid the foun­da­tion for its com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory by re­strict­ing Delhi to a be­low­par 156 for seven.

Mum­bai skip­per Ro­hit Sharma smashed a breezy 68 and Ishan Kis­han made 33 not out as it pre­vailed with eight balls to spare for its fourth win against Delhi this sea­son.

Play­ing its maiden IPL fi­nal against the tour­na­ment’s most suc­cess­ful side, Delhi, coached by Aus­tralia great Ricky Ponting, needed a strong start but in­stead was reel­ing at 22 for three in the fourth over.

Boult dis­missed the in­form Mar­cus Stoi­nis with the first de­liv­ery while Shikhar Dhawan, the other opener, lost his wicket to off­spin­ner Jayant Ya­dav at­tempt­ing a slog­sweep.

Skip­per Shreyas Iyer (65 not out) and Rishabh Pant (56) stead­ied the in­nings but Delhi did not get a late flour­ish and set­tled for a score which Mum­bai chased down eas­ily.

Quin­ton de Kock fell for 20 and Suryaku­mar Ya­dav (19) sac­ri­ficed his wicket af­ter a mix­up with Ro­hit, but Mum­bai was hardly tested in its chase.

Ro­hit shrugged off the twin set­backs and smashed four sixes in his rol­lick­ing knock be­fore hol­ing out with vic­tory in sight.

Delhi’s Kag­iso Rabada fin­ished as the IPL’s lead­ing wick­et­taker with 30 scalps, ahead of the Mum­bai duo of Jasprit Bum­rah (27) and Boult (25).

This year’s IPL, orig­i­nally sched­uled to be­gin on March 29, was shifted to the United Arab Emi­rates fol­low­ing the Covid­19 out­break in In­dia.

‘‘We know it’s a dif­fi­cult time; ev­ery­one is stuck at home,’’ Bum­rah said, putting things in per­spec­tive.

‘‘We’re lucky that we could come and en­ter­tain peo­ple. If we could bring smiles to their faces, it’s the best thing we could do.’’ — Reuters

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