Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals retain IPL title in Dubai

The Mumbai Indians celebrate winning the 2019 Indian Premier League

Mumbai Indians eased to a five-wicket win against Delhi Capitals to retain their IPL title, as England's Jofra Archer was named 2020 MVP.

A superb 68 from captain Rohit Sharma meant Mumbai were never under pressure in their pursuit of 157, reaching the target with eight balls to spare in Dubai.

After electing to bat first Delhi were up against it from the off as Trent Boult, who ended with figures of 3-30, dismissed Marcus Stoinis with the first ball of the match.

It was quickly 22-3, before an excellent partnership of 96 between captain Shreyas Iyer (65 not out) and Rishabh Pant (56) dragged Delhi back into the contest.



But Mumbai finished strongly with the ball to restrict their opponents to 156-7, and once Rohit and Quinton de Kock smashed their way through the power play it was simply game over.

Delhi fought hard, but they could not deny Mumbai an inevitable title to add to their victories of 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Despite this year's tournament being played later in the year, behind closed doors and in the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mumbai once again proved themselves to be the world's most dominant T20 franchise.

Archer named MVP

Jofra Archer: England seamer named IPL MVP

England bowler Jofra Archer was named the tournament's most valuable player for his performances for Rajasthan Royals.

The 25-year-old took 20 wickets at an average of 18.25.

Archer was rested for the one-day squad to tour South Africa later this month along with Sam Curran and Ben Stokes, the latter the previous England player to win the IPL MVP award in 2017.

Archer topped the MVP rankings with 305 points, seven ahead of nearest challenger Kagiso Rabada who played for beaten finalists Delhi Capitals.

The next highest England player on the list was Curran, who came in 12th on 226.

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