5 time winners, back-to-back Indian T20 League titles for them. What a dominant performance, not only in this final but in this whole tournament. They have been the best side in this tournament by some distance and their performance in the final just adds to that statement.
Chasing a decent total on a wicket which did seem a little slow, Mumbai needed a good start from their openers and they got that. De Kock did fall but Rohit Sharma continued. The skipper led from the front when it mattered the most. He was well supported by Yadav and Kishan. The partnerships with the two and his knock took them to the brink of victory. There were a few wickets to fall towards the end but that was just some consolation for Delhi.
The Delhi bowling looked flat! They had no answer to the approach with which the Mumbai openers came out. Ashwin, Rabada and Nortje went for runs early on. Stoinis too was expensive despite getting a wicket. Axar was the only one who bowled with control but defending a target which is not very big, you need all your bowlers to be at their best.
Earlier in the day, after electing to bat, Delhi were rocked early as they were three down inside the Powerplay. They did fight back courtesy Pant and Iyer. However, they failed to finish strongly and ended up with a decent total. However, that total was probably 20 runs short of what would have challenged Mumbai as they have stormed home with utmost ease.
The skipper of Delhi, Shreyas Iyer, says that Ponting is probably one of the best he has worked with, the freedom he gives is excellent and he gives a lot of confidence and he respects him a lot for everything he does. Mentions this tournament always amazes you and it is a very tough tournament. Adds that he is very proud of his boys for the way they have played, reaching the finals is not a small thing and winning and losing is part and parcel of the game. Adds making the finals is a huge achievement but they wanted to win and he hopes they can come back strongly. Thanks the fans for their support.
The winning skipper of Mumbai, Rohit Sharma, says he is pretty happy with how things went and he could not have asked for anything more. States they were right on the money from the word go and they haven't looked back after that. States that a lot of credit goes to the people behind the scenes and their work starts a lot earlier than the tournament starts and they analyse who can add value to the team and how can they strengthen their side. States you got to give confidence to the players as you need to get the best out of them, the players need to know their roles, they have kept rotating Pollard and the two Pandyas, so it is important for them to know their role. Also adds that Chahar being dropped was also taken nicely by him. Adds Kishan is given the freedom when he walks out to bat, Yadav has matured a lot. About the run out, he says with the kind of form Yadav is in, he should have sacrificed his wicket but that is the kind of player he is, it has been outstanding to watch him bat this season. Ends by saying the fans' support means a lot and he is tries to interact with them through social media.