Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav helped Mumbai win in-the-end an easy contest in the battle of the top two teams of the tournament. The MI bowlers made sure that DC batsmen could not able to score big despite losing only four wickets in the innings. The chase was then steered by the duo of de Kock and Yadav before Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya gave the final push to cross the line.
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The 27th match of the tournament, the 2nd match of the second double-header weekend had the top two teams, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai up in front. Delhi with five wins in six games were the confident side of the two. However, Mumbai players had other plans. They kept the DC batsmen on tight lines not allowing them to score too big despite losing only four wickets. Then, well-crafted 50s from de Kock and Yadav drove the team safely towards the target.
Delhi Capitals innings – Dhawan’s first 50 of the tournament
It started with Trent Boult vs Prithvi Shaw. Young blood vs old blood. Talent vs experience. And the old blood and experience prevailed. Edging the second ball to pass between slip and short third man. Third ball, wicket. Boult had Shaw out in the first over.
The Capitals were without the services of Rishabh Pant who is out for a week because of a hamstring injury. That means Alex Carey had to keep wickets thus knocking Shimron Hetmyer out thus giving the first match of the season to Ajinkya Rahane.
Rahane’s first outing was not so pleasant. He made a run-a-ball 15 before trapping LBW by Krunal Pandya in the 5th over.
The innings was then pioneered by Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer. Scoring 85 runs for the third wicket, the innings stabled from early wobble. In the process, Dhawan also got to his first 50 of the tournament.
Some quick runs in the end from Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey took the score to 162-4 in 20 overs.
Dhawan remained not out on 69 runs but on 52 balls with a strike-rate of 132. Iyer’s innings was also slow-paced with a strike-rate of 127.
Krunal Pandya took two wickets for just 26 runs in four overs. Economical and tactical bowling kept DC to 162.
Mumbai Indians innings – de Kock and Yadav show
Quinton de Kock scored his second 50 of the tournament. After the early wicket of Rohit Sharma, de Kock ensured that MI didn’t lose wicket from the other end. Joining him came Suryakumar Yadav, who carried his match-winning innings of 79 runs into this match.
With a quick 50 from de Kock in quick time, the chase was on track. He was out in the 10th over on 53 off 36 balls. After the departure of de Kock, Yadav continued the run-flow. He himself managed to get 53 of just 32 balls.
By the time Yadav departed, MI required 33 runs in the final five overs. Ishan Kishan also chipped in with some lusty balls. His little cameo of 28 runs included two 4s and two 6s. Aggressive play from Kishan meant Kieron Pollard just had to keep his wicket on the other end.
MI needed just 11 runs from 15 after the departure of Kishan which was too easy for the likes of Pollard and Krunal Pandya. The chase was done two ball earlier.
Kagiso Rabada continued to dominate the bowling charts by picking two wickets. Axar Patel, R Ashwin, and Marcus Stoinis picked up one wicket each but the chase was done in handsome style.
Quinton de Kock, for his second fifty of the tournament, was the man of the match.
Man of the Match: Quinton de Kock
Result: Mumbai Indians win by 5 wickets
Points: Mumbai Indians 2, Delhi Capitals 0