The 69th match of Tata IPL 2022 was played yesterday, between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. It was a unique match as it decided the fate of Royal Challengers Bangalore. It also rained yesterday, making it tougher for the batting counterpart. MI won the game, and RCB qualified to enter the playoffs. Mumbai won the toss and chose to bowl, sending Delhi to bat first. Rishabh Pant made thirty-nine runs, and Rovman Powell scored forty-three runs. Anrich Nortje and Shardul Thakur took two wickets each for DC. Delhi gave Mumbai a target of 159 runs.
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Ishan Kishan opened for MI and scored forty-eight runs, whereas Dewald Brevis also made thirty-seven runs. Jasprit Bumrah grabbed three wickets, and Ramandeep Singh took two wickets. Indians won the game by five wickets and five balls left to the game.
Jasprit Bumrah from MI was named Man of the Match for his incredible bowling during the play. Bumrah stated in the post-match interview, “Nothing special, just trying to have fun, enjoying my game, and be clear whenever I’m bowling. Very happy with how this game went. Usually the wicket here is quite fast, there’s pace and bounce. But today it was slow, and the bounce was low. There wasn’t much swing, so we assessed it and executed our plans accordingly. Basically helping them out. When you’re new to the game you have to learn a lot about the game. At the heat of the moment there’s a lot of noise and lot of expectations. This is when the seniors come in and build an atmosphere around them. Improving your game is yearly progress. We will try and analyze what did we do wrong when we come back next year. We will try to start again with a fresh mind next year. I was very happy with my rhythm. Came on the back of two great Test matches. I try to keep things simple, have my own execution, and just following the process.”
The winning captain Rohit Sharma from MI stated, “I said it at the toss as well we were here to win the game. I know teams were watching us keenly. But we just wanted to finish on a high, take some positives, and try to see what we did wrong, learn from our mistakes. All we wanted to do was come out and rectify those mistakes. Once we lost eight on the trot, it was tough. It’s never easy when you lose games like that. All we wanted to do was to just come out and see where we made mistakes and try to rectify those mistakes. I thought we did pretty much well in the second half of the tournament. So a lot of positives came out of the second half, something we can pride ourselves in. We just wanted to finish on a high. When they got 160 I was nervous cause it was not a 160 pitch. There was a lot of help for the bowlers, as we saw in the first innings when we were bowling. It was a slowish kind of a pitch and got sluggish toward the end as well. It wasn’t coming onto the bat. But when you restrict an opposition to 150-160 and it’s just about you getting one good partnership and you’re in. That’s what happened with Ishan and Brevis. They got that crucial partnership and got us in a good situation. (On the season) To be honest, there are a lot of things, the collective performance was missing. If the bowlers did well the batters didn’t chip in or if the batters. We didn’t come together as a group performing. Some days it was the bowling unit who was doing pretty well, and the batters didn’t cash in. If batters did well, then bowlers were off the radar a little bit. That was happening throughout the season. When you want to win games, tournaments, qualifications and all of those, you have to perform in all three departments. That’s something we missed in the first half, but the second half was brilliant. Yes it was a bit too late, but at least we can take something from this tournament. Every time we go into the auction that is something we plan for, keeping one eye on who is going to play for us for a couple of cycles and then invest in them. They might not come good in the first or second season but that is something we take pride in, getting a few of those youngsters who can eventually go on to play for their country and come and play for Mumbai as well and perform really well. Congratulations to them (RCB), they’ve qualified. All four teams – they’ve played consistent cricket, and may the best team win. For us we finished off well.”
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