MI v DC in the play-off, we were all excited for a tight game, but DC disappeared after 14 odd overs in their fielding effort and never returned. They never recovered from assaults of Hardik and Ishan Kishan. Chasing 200+, the start was crucial. More crucial was to not give Boult an early wicket, but they gave him not just one, but two in the very first over. He got Shaw for the third time this season and Bumrah literally killed the game with a brilliant yorker to Dhawan next over. Iyer played optimistic cricket but hit one to hand and Pant has never been Pant this year. Stoinis stood tall and smashed as many as he could. Dew came in and Chahar struggled, Boult was off with a groin injury. Axar was supporting Stoinis really well, but it was just a matter of time as Bumrah returned to knock over poles to record his career-best T20 figures. Never a good sign if we are just going through the motions in a highly anticipated contest, but such was MI’s dominance. They came, they conquered.
Shreyas Iyer | DC (losing) captain: I don’t want to speak negatively about the team, but going forward it’s important to come with a strong mindset. It’s never too late, and we’ll see to it that we come back strongly. I think we were on top when we got two quick wickets, and they were 102-4. We could have capitalized more at that time, and gotten two more wickets – maybe we could’ve chased around 170, but it’s part and parcel of the game. Every night can’t be yours. We keep talking about the opportunities that we get and it’s important to have a good mindset. It’s not easy to be in the bubble and follow the same routine, but the practice we have done over the last few days, I’m really happy with the boys and their preparations. Ravi Ashwin was a positive for us tonight – he plays around with the batsmen’s head a lot, really good to have him in the team, and he’s quite an asset for us, especially me as a captain. All their batsmen are in great touch and Hardik/Pollard down the order are incredible. You can’t control the situation when all the batsmen are in good touch, but we’ll look to do better in the next game.
Rohit Sharma | MI (winning) captain: I guess this is the best performance. The way de Kock and SKY took the momentum after I got out early was good to see. Perfect result for us. We never had a target in mind. We are a different team and we play differently. We just wanted to have a good powerplay and then take it from there. We knew we have the power to accelerate at the end. Ishan has been in just great form, so we just wanted him to be really positive after the second time-out. We told that to Krunal as well, just bat positively and put the bowlers under pressure. With such a versatile squad, we can change the batting and bowling order. I’ve not seen him (Boult). But he seems okay. I don’t think it’s a big problem. Three day rest and he should be back on the park. Bumrah and Boult have been in solid form. They play for different teams so they have different plans. We as a team have different plans and it’s great to see them execute those.
Jasprit Bumrah is the man of the match.