Mumbai Indians (MI) have won their final league match against Delhi Capitals (DC) by 5 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday (May 21). With this win of Mumbai Indians, Delhi’s hope of qualifying for the playoffs got shattered, but Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) qualified for the playoffs. And, former RCB captain Virat Kohli thanked Mumbai Indians after their win as well. Notably, RCB had the worst NRR among all the top teams that have qualified for the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as well.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bowl first. Put in to bat, Delhi Capitals had a poor start where both the in-form players – David Warner (5) and Mitchell Marsh (0) failed to get going. However, Rishabh Pant scored a steady 39 and Rovman Powell scored 43 to guide the team to a total of 159 for 7 in 20 overs. While chasing, although Rohit Sharma struggled (2 off 13), Ishan Kishan scored 48 and a quick cameo from Tim David (34 off 11) and Ramandeep Singh’s 6-ball 13 helped them reach the target within 5 balls and 5 wickets to spare as well.
After the win, Virat Kohli shared his gratitude towards the team and tweeted. He wrote, “✈️ Kolkata
@mipaltan 🤝 @RCBTweets”
After the win, Rohit Sharma said: “We were here to win the game. I know few teams were watching us closely, but we wanted to finish on a high. We’ll try to correct the mistakes next season. It was tough after losing eight games, so we needed to rectify the mistakes. But I think we performed well in the second half of the season. When they got to 160 I was nervous, because it was a sluggish pitch. It wasn’t coming on to the bat nicely. I thought if you restrict a team to 150-160, it was about getting one good partnership. We didn’t get off to a good start, but that (Kishan and Brevis) partnership put us in a good position.”
He continued, “There are a lot of things, I have been talking about it, it’s the collective performance that can get you through. When the bowlers did well, the batters didn’t. And when the batters performed well, the bowlers didn’t. We came to the party a bit too late, but at least we can take a few positives from this tournament. Every time we go into the auction, we keep an eye on the players who will play for us in a couple of cycles. We get a few youngsters who will eventually go on and play for their country. Congrats to them (on RCB), they have qualified, I would like to wish all the four teams all the best. May the best team win.”