IPL 2020 Playoffs, MI vs DC: Mumbai Indians win by 57 runs, qualify for IPL final

Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by 57 runs in Qualifier 1. MI have thus booked their place in next week’s IPL 2020 final. DC will meet the winner of the Eliminator between SRH and RCB in Qualifier 2.

MI, batting first, put up 200/5 in 20 overs. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a first-ball duck but Quinton de Kock (40) and Suryakumar Yadav (51) ensured MI still got off to a flier. 

R Ashwin (3/29) accounted for both the MI openers, even as all others went for runs. However, DC stormed their way back at the halfway stage, as Suryakumar was picked up by Anrich Nortje and Ashwin dismissed Kieron Pollard for a duck to peg back the scoring rate.

Ishan Kishan (55*) powered MI off to a resurgence in the late overs. Hardik Pandya (37*) joined him in a massive blitz towards the end, as 78 runs were scored in the last 5 overs. DC, needing 201 to win, suffered a horror start – their top three were all dismissed for ducks by Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah (4/14). Marcus Stoinis (65) and Axar Patel (42) put up a 5th wicket partnership that provided some hope to DC of a close finish, till Bumrah came back in the 16th over to snuff out Stoinis. DC eventually ended their inning at 143/8 in 20 overs.

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