IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians’ road to fifth title, memorable wins, impact players, and more

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma (68 off 51 balls) and Trent Boult (3/30) starred as they pipped Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the IPL 2020 final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, thereby clinching an unprecedented fifth IPL title.

The 10 November game was Mumbai’s sixth final appearance in 13 seasons of the IPL. They have only lost once in a summit clash, against Chennai Super Kings in 2010.

The Rohit Sharma-led side entered the final as favourites, having defeated DC thrice previously in IPL 2020, including once in Qualifier 1.

As Mumbai add a fifth title to their trophy cabinet, we take a look at their journey in IPL 2020, pre-season expectations, most impactful players, and more.

Pre-season expectations

Mumbai reaching the final of IPL 2020 or even clinching the title is not a surprise for anyone. The most successful franchise in IPL’s history is known for having great equilibrium across all three departments of the game. Even before the start of the tournament, they were considered the top favourites.

IPL 2020 league stage performance

Mumbai finished the league stage at the top of the table with nine wins and 18 points. Here’s the result of the 14 league matches.

MI (162/9) lost to CSK (166/5) by 5 wickets

MI (195/5) beat KKR (146/9) by 49 runs

MI (201/5, 7/1) lost to RCB (201/3, 11/0) in super over

MI (191/4) beat KXIP (143/8) by 48 runs

MI (208/5) beat SRH (174/7) by 34 runs

MI (193/4) beat RR (136 all out) by 57 runs

MI (166/5) beat DC (162/4) by 5 wickets

MI (149/2) beat KKR (148/5) by 8 wickets

MI (176/6, 11/1) lost to KXIP (176/6, 15/0) in super over

MI (116/0) beat CSK (114/9) by 10 wickets

MI (195/5) lost to RR (196/2) by 8 wickets

MI (166/5) beat RCB (164/6) by 5 wickets

MI (111/1) beat DC (110/9) by 9 wickets

MI (149/8) lost to SRH (151/0) by 10 wickets

IPL 2020 playoff performance

Mumbai progressed to the final after beating Delhi in Qualifier 1.

Qualifier 1: MI (200/5) beat DC (143/8) by 57 runs.

Mumbai pipped Delhi in the summit clash of IPL 2020.

Final: MI (157/5) beat DC (156/7) by five wickets.

Impact players

Jasprit Bumrah (27 wickets) and Trent Boult (25 wickets) have been the star of Mumbai’s bowling this season, providing them regular wickets in powerplay or at the death. Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock, with 516 runs and 503 runs respectively, have been the joint highest-run getters for them.

Suryakumar Yadav might have finished on the seventh position in the list of leading run-getters with 480 runs but the right-handed batsman played a number of impressive knocks for the franchise from the No 3 slot this season, helping Mumbai maintain their winning run. Kieron Pollard also led the team brilliantly in the absence of Rohit Sharma, who missed four matches due to a hamstring injury.

Memorable wins

CSK with three IPL titles is the only side that can claim to have a legacy as rich as that of Mumbai’s. The matches between arch-rivals Mumbai and Chennai have often been billed as the ‘El Clasico’ in IPL. There’s no doubt Mumbai’s 10-wicket win over Chennai this season must have been a very sweet moment for Rohit and Co especially considering that it was the first 10-wicket loss for CSK.

Squad

Rohit SharmaSherfane RutherfordSuryakumar YadavAnmolpreet SinghChris LynnSaurabh TiwaryDhawal KulkarniJasprit BumrahMitchell McClenaghanRahul ChaharTrent BoultMohsin KhanPrince Balwant Rai SinghDigvijay DeshmukhHardik PandyaJayant YadavKieron PollardKrunal PandyaAnukul RoyNathan Coulter-NileIshan KishanQuinton de KockAditya TareJames Pattinson

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