Ruthless Mumbai Indians crush Delhi Capitals in final to claim fifth IPL title

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Ruthless Mumbai Indians won an unprecedented fifth Indian Premier League title as Delhi Capitals, despite their best efforts and ambitions, faced a second place finish after a five-wicket defeat here on Tuesday.

Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with a 51-ball 68 as MI chased 157 in 18.4 overs, after Trent Boult (3/30) cut the Capitals to 22-for-three with an excellent fast bowling demonstration.

Earlier, Shreyas Iyer’s unbeaten fifty took the Delhi Capitals to 156 for seven after the defending champions had them in all sorts of trouble in the summit showdown of the lucrative 13th edition of the event.

Going to bat after winning the coin toss, DC faltered at 22 for three in the fourth before the duo of Iyer (65 from 50 balls) and Rishabh Pant (56 from 38 balls) added 96 runs for the fourth wicket to lead their team to safety.

Pant hit four limits and two sixes on the way to his first fifty of the season, while Iyer hit six fours and two maximums.

Mumbai Indians got off to the best possible start with Trent Boult squared off to Marcus Stoinis which ends in the very first delivery of the final.

Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan were fired in no time and the Capitals quickly found themselves in a pesky sport.

Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 156/7 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 65 not out, Rishabh Pant 56; Trent Boult 3/30, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2/29). Mumbai Indians: 157/5 in 18.4 overs ( Rohit Sharma 68 on 50 balls).

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