Mumbai Indians underlined its status as a true powerhouse team, cruising to a fifth IPL title with a five-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals in Tuesday’s final at the Dubai International Stadium.
MI took the big prize without much fuss, reaching a 157-run target with eight balls to spare. Skipper Rohit Sharma (68, 51b, 5×4, 4×6), not in the best form this season, saved his best for last.
Rohit made his intentions clear early, coming down the track to whack R. Ashwin for a six over long-on off the third ball of the chase. His opening partner Quinton de Kock (20, 12b, 3×4, 1×6) packed a punch too. Their pyrotechnics took MI to 58 for one in five overs, effectively shutting DC out of the contest.
The only hiccup came when Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit found themselves at the same end, leading the former to selflessly sacrifice his wicket. The MI captain was eventually dismissed 20 runs…