Mumbai back in IPL final after crushing Delhi by 57 runs

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mumbai Indians will defend their Indian Premier League title in the final after thrashing Delhi Capitals by 57 runs on Thursday.

Mumbai was made to bat first and put up a formidable 200-5. Delhi chose to bat second to take advantage of evening dew but fast bowlers Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah were still too good. Delhi was cut down to 0-3 eight balls into its chase, and 20-4. The Capitals eventually finished on 143-8.

"This was our best (game) so far, the way we came out with intent,” Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma said.

Mumbai, the most successful team in IPL history, will play for a record-extending fifth title on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Delhi will get another shot at reaching its first final. It will meet the winner between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad, who meet on Friday.

Delhi's chase was cut off at the knees at the very start. Boult, who Delhi traded to Mumbai before the season, had Prithvi Shaw caught behind off the second ball of the innings.

Off the fifth, Boult had Ajinkya Rahane lbw to an inswinger on his front pad.

Fellow paceman Bumrah joined the demolition by bowling Shikhar Dhawan’s off stump with a yorker, and Delhi was 0-3.

Bumrah came back and had Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer caught at short cover on 12, and they were 20-4 after four overs. Boult had 2-9 and wasn’t needed again. Bumrah had 2-11 and finished with 4-14.

Delhi played out the remaining overs and Marcus Stoinis, dropped on 7, made a no-pressure 65. Axar Patel added 42.

"Every night can’t be yours,” Iyer said.

Iyer thought winning the toss was key, until Mumbai opener Quinton de Kock hit three boundaries from the opening five deliveries by Daniel Sams.

Sharma was out for a duck in the second over, but de Kock ensured a great start with Suryakumar Yadav with 40 off 25 balls before he also fell to Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin took 3-29 but wasn't supported.

Yadav added 51 off 38 balls, and Ishan Kishan an unbeaten 55 off 30.

Kishan and Hardik Pandya, back after a two-game rest for a back issue, hit six sixes off the last 13 balls, including Kishan’s last-ball six over extra cover off the bowling of Anrich Nortje.


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