Biswajit Manna

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is nearing completion. We have seen some of the most exciting matches on the cricket field in this year’s IPL. Even though IPL 2020 is being held in UAE, without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no dearth of excitement!

The biggest surprise of this year’s IPL has been the dismal performance of MS Dhoni and his team Chennai Super Kings (CSK). They have been knocked out of the tournament in the group stage itself. On November 5, the first qualifier of IPL 2020 was played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. The match turned out to be a one-sided affair, with Mumbai beating Delhi comprehensively by 57 runs to book a place in the final of IPL 2020. One would have expected Delhi to show some sort of a fight. But that was completely missing.

Mumbai batted first. They posted 200 runs in their 20 overs. Opener Quinton de Kock played handy innings (40 off 25), even though their skipper Rohit Sharma went for a golden duck. But it was the middle order of the MI which made sure they have a fighting total on the board. Suryakumar Yadav (51) and Ishan Kishan (55) did not disappoint with the bat. Later in the lower middle order, all-rounder Hardik Pandya (37 off 14) played blistering innings.

Apart from Ashwin, all other DC bowlers not looked their best. They conceded a lot of runs.

Chasing down 200 runs in the knock out stage game is never easy. That’s what happened with DC. But the point to be noted here is that they just did not put up a fight. The first three batters of Delhi Capitals were dismissed for zero runs. Apart from Marcus Stoinis (65), nobody from DC was able to stand up to the MI bowlers. They bowled some fiery spells. They hunted in a pack and that’s caused the batting collapse in DC camp. The Star of the MI bowling attack was Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah. His bowling figure read 4-1-14-4 and he was rightly adjudged as player of the match. Trent Boult and Krunal Pandya also provided some good assistance with their consistency. DC scored just 143 in 20 overs. They fell short of 57 runs.

The young team of DC led by Shreyas Iyer has a lot to ponder.

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