IPL 2019: MI defeated DC by 40 runs
Once again Delhi Capitals disappointed the home crowd. Feroz Shah Kotla has always been unlucky for the Delhi. The young batsmen of Capitals once again perished one by one in front of the tight bowling of Mumbai Indians.
Winning the toss visitors decided to bat first.
MI Playing XI – R Sharma (c), Q de Kock (wk), S Yadav, K Pollard, B Cutting, H Pandya, K Pandya, J Yadav, R Chahar, L Malinga, J Bumrah.
With the good news of Rohit Sharma back to play, MI started the innings with flying colours. Openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 57 runs for the opening wicket in six overs. Capitals who are known for their harsh bowling attack revived the game onto their side with Amit Mishra dismissing Sharma for 30 runs.
With the departure of MI skipper, the run pace slowed down and soon Axar Patel dismissed Ben Cutting for mere 2 runs. To add to the joy of Capitals, Quinton de Kock got run out due to lack of communication with Suryakumar Yadav. Yadav too himself fall short of runs for the team and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant on a magnificent delivery by Kagiso Rabada.
The two batsmen now on crease were Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya. Just when it looked like the visitors will be restricted the Pandya brothers fired. They batted as men possessed and changed the game just in a matter of four overs. Hardik hit a 15 ball 32 which came up with some stunning shots and Krunal too smashed 5 boundaries in 26 balls 37 and put MI in a decent position to defend a total of 168.
DC Playing XI – P Shaw, S Dhawan, S Iyer (c), R Pant (wk), C Munro, C Morris, K Paul, A Patel, A Mishra, K Rabada, I Sharma.
Delhi began well in the powerplay reaching 38 without loss in first four overs. But Rohit’s decision to bring in the spinners in between the powerplay proved costly for the hosts. The batting line up trying to force the pace hobbled to 65 for four in 11 overs. Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro and skipper Shreyas Iyer were back in the dugout.
It was then left to Pant to sail the ship for Capitals. He too gave up in front of the rising run rate and departed for seven runs. The game was over by then just a mere formality to complete the 20 overs were left. Capitals fall 40 runs short from the target and lost their home game.
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