IPL 2020 final: MI destroy DC to win fifth title, as here are the records busted
First Published 10, Nov 2020, 10:52 PM
This was Mumbai Indians' fifth title win in the Indian Premier League, as they have extended their record. It also happened to be their first title win in an even year. Also, they have become only the second team in the tournament to defend their title successfully.
In what turned out to be a rather pale and one-sided final, defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) rode to a comfortable five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals (DC) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, in Dubai, on Tuesday. With this win, MI have extended their record to five titles, thus continuing to be the most successful team of the tournament.
Also, it happened to be their first title win in an even year, while their previous wins came in odd years (2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019). Furthermore, they have also become only the second IPL side to defend their title successfully, after Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Meanwhile, we take a look at some of the other records this match produced.
Rishabh Pant one of the youngest: Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant played a brave knock of 56. In the process, he became only the second youngest (23 years 37 days) to score 50-plus runs in an IPL final after Manan Vohra (20 years 318 days) in 2014.
Shreyas Iyer and Rohit Sharma among the fearful captains: Skipper Iyer, too, played a spirited knock of an unbeaten 65 on a losing cause. Nonetheless, he became the third highest-scoring captain in an IPL final, after David Warner's 69 in 2016, while Rohit became the second-highest, scoring 68. Also, this was the second instance of both captains scoring 50-plus in an IPL final, with the previous being David Warner (69) & Virat Kohli (54) in 2016. Meanwhile, Rohit is also the first captain to score 50-plus in two IPL finals, with first being 50 against CSK in 2015.
Trent Boult claims a couple of special ones: Boult got rid of Marcus Stoinis in the first ball of the opening over itself. Consequently, he has now claimed the most wickets (8) in the opening over of the competition to date. Also, he has become the joint-most wicket-taker in the powerplay of a season (16), along with Mitchell Johnson in 2013. Furthermore, this was the first occasion of a wicket falling in the opening ball of an IPL final.
DC script unwanted ones: As DC lost three wickets in the powerplay tonight, they scripted an unwanted one, as they have become the joint team to lose most wickets during the phase this season. DC, along with Rajasthan Royals (RR), have lost 29 wickets in PP. Also, DC have lost the most wickets this season in the opening over (10).
Triple-threat record: DC's Kagiso Rabada, along with MI's Jasprit Bumrah and Boult have claimed 30, 27 and 25 wickets, respectively, this season. As a result, this has been the first season where three bowlers have claimed 25 or more in a season.
MI script special ones: MI hold the record of claiming the most wickets in the opening over this season (8). Also, they have produced the best PP score in an IPL final, as they scored 61/1 tonight, while they equalled their previous feat from 2015.
Rohit's love for 50th game continues: In an interesting observation, we have found that Rohit has always scored a half-century in every 50th IPL game. Here's how it goes- 50th: 87, 100th: 50, 150th: 58, 200th: 68.
Ishan Kishan produces a dream season: Kishan was one of the uncapped players who stole the limelight with his sublime batting. He finished as MI's highest run-scorer, scoring 516 runs. In the process, he has become the third uncapped player to score 500-plus runs in a season, after his MI teammate Suryakumar Yadav (512 in 2018) and Shaun Marsh (616 in 2008).
Rohit scores countless more: Among other records that Rohit scripted tonight, it includes: Winning the most T20 titles as a captain (5) and a player (6), joint-most T20 final win as a captain (7), most T20 final win by an Indian (10), playing 200th IPL match, scoring 3,000 IPL runs as captain and scoring 4,000 IPl runs for MI. Phew!
Third-most one-sided season rivalry: DC failed to win a single tie in four matches against MI this season. Consequently, it happened to be the third instance of one-sided rivalry in a season, after MI-CSK in 2019 and CSK-SRH (Sunrisers Hyderabad) in 2018, all of which ended in 4-0.
Kieron Pollard on the top of elite: With this win, Pollard registered his 15th win in a T20 final. As a result, he has now been the part of most T20-winning finals, after his Windies teammate Dwayne Bravo (14).
Match summary: Winning the toss, Iyer opted to bat first. While the decision was a wise one, the MI bowlers got the better of them, as they lost their opening three wickets in the PP. Although Iyer (65*) and Pant (56) produced a 96-run stand for the fourth wicket to take them to a par total of 156/7, it was not enough, as Boult rattled them with 3/30. In reply, it was Rohit's powerful knock of 68, which was enough to see MI through by five wickets, as they sailed with their fifth title win.