An Undesired Result, but the Capitals can Hold Heads High After a Runner-up Finish

The Final - MI vs DC in 50 Words

The thorn in our flesh, Trent Boult jolted our innings at the top yet again before Rishabh’s counter-attacking 56 and Shreyas’ unbeaten 65 rescued the innings. Rohit and de Kock led the way with aggressive intent before Ishan’s cameo ensured MI put a fifth IPL trophy in their cabinet.


A Commendable Rescue Act ft. Shreyas & Rishabh

The all-important toss in the final of the Dream11 IPL went Shreyas Iyer’s way and he opted to bat first and put runs on the board. Once again, Trent Boult proved to be our bane at that start as he found Marcus Stoinis’ outside edge on the very first ball of the innings. Shikhar Dhawan played with a positive intent as always, and got three boundaries before he lost another partner to Boult in the form of Ajinkya Rahane.

The off-spinner Jayant Yadav had taken Rahul Chahar’s spot in MI’s playing XI to counter the plethora of left-handers in our side, and he started off by doing just that. Shikhar went for the heave over mid-wicket only for the ball to spin past his bat and onto the stumps. At 22/3, we were in dire straits.

With everything going against us, Shreyas Iyer opened up his shoulders with a few beautifully timed textbook cricketing shots for four on both sides of the wicket. Iyer and Pant got into consolidation mode till the ninth over, after which Rishabh Pant broke the shackles and absolutely smashed two sixes off Krunal Pandya.

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The Shreyas-Rishabh duo had put on over 50 runs together and steadied a sinking ship. Kieron Pollard was brought into the attack and Iyer and Pant took on the sixth bowler and scored 13 off the over including a trademark maximum from the skipper.

Rishabh Pant had overtaken his skipper and got to his fifty first with a boundary off Coulter-Nile. It was the first time the southpaw went past the milestone this season, and he couldn’t have done it at a better time. Alas, he lost his wicket in the same over. But he had done his job with a Pantastic 56 off 38 balls.

Shreyas Iyer slashed a couple of fierce cuts and brought up a half-century - his third and most important one this season. He also ticked off the milestone of 500 runs in a season for the first time in his IPL career. It wasn’t the only significant milestone he reached as our skipper went past a former captain of ours, the Nawab of Najafgarh Virender Sehwag to become the highest run-scorer for the Delhi franchise.



With 18 balls to go and 136 runs on the board, a strong finish was required. However, it wasn’t to be. The Mumbai bowlers executed their plans at the death with aplomb and we could only muster 20 runs from the final three overs to end up with a modest 156/7.


Rohit, Kishan Break DC Fans’ Hearts

Mumbai had a contrasting start as their openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock were aggressive from the word go. Rohit launched a six off Ashwin in the first over, while de Kock got the better of his countryman Rabada with 18 runs coming from the second over. Anrich Nortje took the brunt of a couple of exquisite Rohit Sharma pull shots.

The man with the golden arm, Stoinis struck on his first ball to get rid of the dangerous Quinton de Kock. However, Suryakumar Yadav started off where de Kock left off and scored 10 from his first two balls.

After scoring over 10 runs per over in the powerplay, the run rate wasn’t a threat. Rohit and Suryakumar knocked over the ones and twos for a few overs before Rohit got stuck into the rookie Pravin Dubey and deposited him over long-off and long-on in the space of two balls.

We needed wickets desperately, and a mix-up between Rohit and Yadav came as a gift. Suryakumar sacrificed his wicket to keep his skipper who was nearing his fifty going. Rohit Sharma justified Suryakumar’s selflessness with a couple of fierce cuts for four in the next over, the first of which took him past 50.

Ishan Kishan was in the form of his life, and the left-hander wasn’t slowing down in the final. Lalit Yadav came on as a substitute fielder and took a spectacular outfield catch to send the opposition skipper back to the dugout for a match-winning 68.

Pollard put away his first two balls for four and then chopped one on to leave the rest of the batsmen to complete the formalities. Krunal Pandya scored the single that sent all of Mumbai and their fans into jubilation and confirmed their fifth title in eight seasons - A well-deserved title after a dominant season.

As for our DC boys, they’ve provided all of Dilli and our fans more than enough reason to swell with pride. We don’t want to go the clichéd route and say that they won our hearts, but they won our hearts. They really did.



Brief Scores

Delhi Capitals 156-7 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 65* off 50, Rishabh Pant 56 off 38, Trent Boult 3-30, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-29); Mumbai Indians 157-5 in 18.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 68 off 51, Ishan Kishan 33* off 19, Anrich Nortje 2-25, Marcus Stoinis 1-23)

An Undesired Result, but the Capitals can Hold Heads High After a Runner-up Finish

The Final - MI vs DC in 50 Words

The thorn in our flesh, Trent Boult jolted our innings at the top yet again before Rishabh’s counter-attacking 56 and Shreyas’ unbeaten 65 rescued the innings. Rohit and de Kock led the way with aggressive intent before Ishan’s cameo ensured MI put a fifth IPL trophy in their cabinet.


A Commendable Rescue Act ft. Shreyas & Rishabh

The all-important toss in the final of the Dream11 IPL went Shreyas Iyer’s way and he opted to bat first and put runs on the board. Once again, Trent Boult proved to be our bane at that start as he found Marcus Stoinis’ outside edge on the very first ball of the innings. Shikhar Dhawan played with a positive intent as always, and got three boundaries before he lost another partner to Boult in the form of Ajinkya Rahane.

The off-spinner Jayant Yadav had taken Rahul Chahar’s spot in MI’s playing XI to counter the plethora of left-handers in our side, and he started off by doing just that. Shikhar went for the heave over mid-wicket only for the ball to spin past his bat and onto the stumps. At 22/3, we were in dire straits.

With everything going against us, Shreyas Iyer opened up his shoulders with a few beautifully timed textbook cricketing shots for four on both sides of the wicket. Iyer and Pant got into consolidation mode till the ninth over, after which Rishabh Pant broke the shackles and absolutely smashed two sixes off Krunal Pandya.

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The Shreyas-Rishabh duo had put on over 50 runs together and steadied a sinking ship. Kieron Pollard was brought into the attack and Iyer and Pant took on the sixth bowler and scored 13 off the over including a trademark maximum from the skipper.

Rishabh Pant had overtaken his skipper and got to his fifty first with a boundary off Coulter-Nile. It was the first time the southpaw went past the milestone this season, and he couldn’t have done it at a better time. Alas, he lost his wicket in the same over. But he had done his job with a Pantastic 56 off 38 balls.

Shreyas Iyer slashed a couple of fierce cuts and brought up a half-century - his third and most important one this season. He also ticked off the milestone of 500 runs in a season for the first time in his IPL career. It wasn’t the only significant milestone he reached as our skipper went past a former captain of ours, the Nawab of Najafgarh Virender Sehwag to become the highest run-scorer for the Delhi franchise.



With 18 balls to go and 136 runs on the board, a strong finish was required. However, it wasn’t to be. The Mumbai bowlers executed their plans at the death with aplomb and we could only muster 20 runs from the final three overs to end up with a modest 156/7.


Rohit, Kishan Break DC Fans’ Hearts

Mumbai had a contrasting start as their openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock were aggressive from the word go. Rohit launched a six off Ashwin in the first over, while de Kock got the better of his countryman Rabada with 18 runs coming from the second over. Anrich Nortje took the brunt of a couple of exquisite Rohit Sharma pull shots.

The man with the golden arm, Stoinis struck on his first ball to get rid of the dangerous Quinton de Kock. However, Suryakumar Yadav started off where de Kock left off and scored 10 from his first two balls.

After scoring over 10 runs per over in the powerplay, the run rate wasn’t a threat. Rohit and Suryakumar knocked over the ones and twos for a few overs before Rohit got stuck into the rookie Pravin Dubey and deposited him over long-off and long-on in the space of two balls.

We needed wickets desperately, and a mix-up between Rohit and Yadav came as a gift. Suryakumar sacrificed his wicket to keep his skipper who was nearing his fifty going. Rohit Sharma justified Suryakumar’s selflessness with a couple of fierce cuts for four in the next over, the first of which took him past 50.

Ishan Kishan was in the form of his life, and the left-hander wasn’t slowing down in the final. Lalit Yadav came on as a substitute fielder and took a spectacular outfield catch to send the opposition skipper back to the dugout for a match-winning 68.

Pollard put away his first two balls for four and then chopped one on to leave the rest of the batsmen to complete the formalities. Krunal Pandya scored the single that sent all of Mumbai and their fans into jubilation and confirmed their fifth title in eight seasons - A well-deserved title after a dominant season.

As for our DC boys, they’ve provided all of Dilli and our fans more than enough reason to swell with pride. We don’t want to go the clichéd route and say that they won our hearts, but they won our hearts. They really did.



Brief Scores

Delhi Capitals 156-7 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 65* off 50, Rishabh Pant 56 off 38, Trent Boult 3-30, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-29); Mumbai Indians 157-5 in 18.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 68 off 51, Ishan Kishan 33* off 19, Anrich Nortje 2-25, Marcus Stoinis 1-23)

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