The four-time title holders Mumbai Indians (MI) have struck gold in the form of the New Zealand pacer Trent Boult. Before the commencement of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), Mumbai had traded the Kiwi speedster from Delhi Capitals (DC) and the move has reaped rich rewards for the franchise.
The left-arm seamer has been lethal with the ball throughout the tournament and has emerged as one of the best bowlers in the powerplay in the history of the league. The defending champions are up against Capitals in the final of the tournament at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Trent Boult again weaved his magic as he picked up two wickets in the mandatory powerplay.
However, it was the wicket of the opening batsman Marcus Stoinis that stood out. The toss went in the favour of DC skipper Shreyas Iyer and he elected to bat first. Mumbai got off to an impressive start with the ball as Boult again did what is known for. Trent started the evening by bowling a gun delivery which took the most priced wicket of in-form opening batsman Marcus Stoinis.
It was a back of length delivery that was going away but suddenly moved back in after pitching. It stunned Stoinis as he was cramped for room and the ball took the outside edge to land in the hands of wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. As Stoinis bagged a golden duck, Mumbai’s happiness knew no bounds as they very well understood the importance of the wicket. Stoinis has been a prolific run-scorer in this edition of the tournament with 352 runs in 16 games.
He was also the highest run-getter for Delhi in their previous meeting with Mumbai as he has smashed a stunning half-century.
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Trent Boult sends back Ajinkya Rahane too
Trent Boult also chipped in with another crucial wicket in the third over as he managed to flounder the opposition top-order by sending Ajinkya Rahane back to the pavilion. It was another spectacular delivery from the Kiwi pacer as the ball swung inside and Rahane could do nothing. With these two crucial wickets, Trent has taken 16 wickets in the powerplay now.
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