Can Trent Boult play in the IPL 2020 final? Can he make a comeback? How fit is he? Well, Boult answered all of the queries on the very first ball of the IPL 2020 final by removing inform-all rounder Marcus Stoinis in the summit clash played between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals in Dubai.
Delhi, after opting to bat first, got off to a worst start as Trent Boult’s pace was too much to handle for Stoinis, who in an attempt to defend it, edged it to wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.
The wicket also meant that DC’s masterstroke to send Stoinis to open, which actually worked against SRH, flopped this time.
The Australian all-rounder gave a flying start to the Delhi in the Qualifier 1 by smashing 38 off 27 balls, which included 5 fours and a six. However, to DC’s disappointment, Stoinis didn’t fire when the team needed it the most and walked back to the pavilion for a golden duck against MI.
Interestingly, Boult also become the first bowler in the history of IPL to take a wicket on the very first ball of the IPL final.
Here’s the video of the wicket:
Boult’s first-ball strike!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/7TiCJM29Et
— Aryan Kumar (@realaryankumar) November 10, 2020
Meanwhile, Boult didn’t stop with Stoinis’ wicket as he removed Ajinky Rahane (2) in his next over to dismantle DC’s top order and later he removed Shimron Hetmyer to make sure DC don’t fire big runs in the death overs.
Notably, Boult starred against DC in the Qualifier 1 as well, by bagging two wickets in only his first over of the innings. In his first spell, the Kiwi pacer ended with figures of 2-1-9-2 but after troubling DC batters extensively in his first two overs, he left the field and didn’t return to bowl having suffered a groin injury.
Boult’s injury raised a lot of questions on his availability in the final, but the 31-year-old brushed aside every one of them with his superb performance in the ongoing final.
MI beat DC to win their fifth IPL title
A ruthless Mumbai Indians won an unprecedented fifth Indian Premier League title as Delhi Capitals, for all their efforts and ambitions, were left to contend with a runner-up finish following a five-wicket defeat in Dubai on Tuesday.
Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with a 51-ball 68 as MI chased down a target of 157 18.4 overs, after Trent Boult (3/30) had reduced the Capitals to 22 for three with an excellent display of fast bowling.
Earlier, Shreyas Iyer’s unbeaten fifty lifted Delhi Capitals to 156 for seven after the defending champions had them in all sorts of trouble in the summit showdown of the 13th edition of the lucrative event.
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 off 50 balls).