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'I Can't Explain It': Mumbai Crowned IPL Champions For 5th Time

'I Can't Explain It': Mumbai Crowned IPL Champions For 5th Time Photo: TT
Mumbai Indians players celebrating with the trophy after their victory

Mumbai Indians have claimed back-to-back Indian Premier League titles for the first time and their fifth title in eight seasons, with coach Mahela Jayawardena heaping praise on his side’s ability to stay at the top.

Trent Boult (3-30) was named Player of the Match after a key early spell of bowling as Mumbai Indians won by five wickets over Delhi Capitals in Dubai on Tuesday night.

Boult dismissed Marcus Stoinis with the first ball of the match as Delhi were reduced to 3-22 before captain Shreyas Iyer (65no from 50) and Rishabh Pant (56 from 38) dragged them to a defendable 7-156.

However, Mumbai were in a determined mood in reply with Rohit Sharma (68 from 51) leading an impressive power play before the outstanding Ishan Kishan (33no from 19) came in to finish the job.

The result preserves Mumbai’s remarkable record in IPL, securing their fifth title, with captain Rohit and coach Jayawardena among the constants of success.

“I wish I could explain myself,” Jayawardena said when asked about Mumbai’s culture of success. “I don’t think it was easy.

“You have the tag of being champions and Mumbai not winning the even years (Mumbai’s previous titles were in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019) - so I had to bring the boys together.

“What we’ve done is try and be consistent with the processes and preparation, trying to get the guys used to that. Not try to do anything more or less.”

Mumbai finished top of the table after the round robin stage and won both of their play-offs over second-placed Delhi. Rohit said Boult’s first-ball wicket was symbolic of their 2020 IPL success.

“Pretty happy with how things went the entire season for us,” Rohit said.

“We said at the start we want to make winning a habit, and you couldn’t have asked any more from the guys. We were right on the money from ball one and even until today, we never looked back. “

Meanwhile, defeated Delhi coach Ricky Ponting offered praise to the Indians, acknowledging that they the Capitals measure.

“You’ve got to give credit where credit’s due,” Ponting said. “MI have clearly been the better team, they beat us four times.

“I’m extremely proud at how we played our cricket. We have a great set of players. It’s been great fun.”

He also reserved praise for his 25-year-old captain, when he said: “Iyer is a brilliant young player, a brilliant captain and even more so a great person. He’s grown in stature in the last 12 months.”

Ben somerford
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