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IPL 2020: We could have had a new champion – Aakash Chopra reveals turning point of the final

IPL 2020: We could have had a new champion - Aakash Chopra reveals turning point of the final

Cricket   |   November 12, 2020

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Former Indian opener and now a cricket commentator Aakash Chopra has revealed that Rishabh Pant’s dismissal in the final against Mumbai Indians was the turning point of the game.

DC had a terrible start as they lost three wickets for 22 runs but then their skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant added a fine alliance of 96 runs.

Pant who hadn’t impressed with his strike rate throughout the tournament was getting into his groove and was scoring freely. The southpaw had already got two boundaries in the 15th over, which was bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile.

In fact, the left-hander had got a boundary after he cleared the short fine-leg fielder on the third ball of the over. However, Hardik Pandya, who was fielding there, was moved to deep fine-leg by Rohit Sharma. On the last ball of the over, Rishabh Pant decided to once again go for the attacking shot but perished on this occasion as Pandya took a simple catch.

Pant scored a fine knock of 56 runs off 38 balls but he couldn’t add the finishing touches. Subsequently, DC lost all the momentum as they could add only 38 runs in the final five overs. Capitals were well short of a par score as they could only post 156 runs on the board.

“Rishabh Pant’s dismissal was the turning point of the match because there was a very good partnership going on. Where you were 22/3 and from there you had put together a 96-run stand,” Chopra said in his YouTube channel.

“And till the time Rishabh Pant was there, he had struck two boundaries in that over and if he had played more, then he would have taken the score to 175-180 or even 190,” Chopra said.

“The time he got out, I think that was theFormer Indian opener and now a cricket commentator Aakash Chopra has revealed that Rishabh Pant’s dismissal in the final against Mumbai Indians was the turning point of the game. DC had a terrible start as they lost three wickets for 22 runs but then their skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant added a fine alliance of 96 runs.

Pant who hadn’t impressed with his strike rate throughout the tournament was getting into his groove and was scoring freely. The southpaw had already got two boundaries in the 15th over, which was bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile.

In fact, the left-hander had got a boundary after he cleared the short fine-leg fielder on the third ball of the over. However, Hardik Pandya, who was fielding there, was moved to deep fine-leg by Rohit Sharma. On the last ball of the over, Rishabh Pant decided to once again go for the attacking shot but perished on this occasion as Pandya took a simple catch.

Pant scored a fine knock of 56 runs off 38 balls but he couldn’t add the finishing touches. Subsequently, DC lost all the momentum as they could add only 38 runs in the final five overs. Capitals were well short of a par score as they could only post 156 runs on the board.

“Rishabh Pant’s dismissal was the turning point of the match because there was a very good partnership going on. Where you were 22/3 and from there you had put together a 96-run stand,” Chopra said in his YouTube channel.

“And till the time Rishabh Pant was there, he had struck two boundaries in that over and if he had played more, then he would have taken the score to 175-180 or even 190,” Chopra said.

“The time he got out, I think that was the turning point. The runs had already come in that over and if he played the slower bouncer a little cautiously and had not tried to hit another boundary, then probably this match might have taken a different course and the IPL might have got a new champion.”

Mumbai Indians made great use of their experience and they were able to chase down the target in 18.4 with five wickets in hand. MI skipper Rohit Sharma got back into form as he scored 68 runs from 51 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals was put on the backfoot by Trent Boult in the powerplay overs. DC lost three early wickets and did well to come back into the game with the 96-run alliance between Iyer and Pant. However, after Pant’s dismissal they couldn’t add the finishing touches.
turning point. The runs had already come in that over and if he played the slower bouncer a little cautiously and had not tried to hit another boundary, then probably this match might have taken a different course and the IPL might have got a new champion.”

Mumbai Indians made great use of their experience and they were able to chase down the target in 18.4 with five wickets in hand. MI skipper Rohit Sharma got back into form as he scored 68 runs from 51 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals was put on the backfoot by Trent Boult in the powerplay overs. DC lost three early wickets and did well to come back into the game with the 96-run alliance between Iyer and Pant. However, after Pant’s dismissal they couldn’t add the finishing touches.

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