Mumbai Indians (MI) enhanced their playoffs chances by beating Delhi Capitals (DC) at Feroz Shah Kotla yesterday by 40 runs. On a slow and low away pitch, MI showed better adaptability and skills than did the home team. Hardik Pandya once again shone with the bat and contributed with the ball to emerge as the man of the match.
Mumbai Indians Produce an Assured Batting Performance
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and batted first. They took their chances in the power play. In hindsight, Delhi Capitals erred by not bringing the spinners earlier enough. Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer relied on the pace bowlers for all the six powerplay overs, which resulted in 56 runs.
Spin was introduced in the form of Amit Sharma in the seventh over and it resulted in a wicket first ball. He bowled Rohit Sharma with a sharp leg break. Wickets kept falling, and runs dried up as left arm spinner Axar Patel was introduced at the other end.
Soon Mumbai Indians found themselves at 74 for three at the 10th over and 104 for four at 16th over. The fourth wicket brought Hardik Pandya to the crease. He blasted 32 off 15 balls to help Mumbai finish with the score of 168 for five.
Rohit Sharma said in the post match presentation that the team knew the score was more than enough. He said:
“After the first two overs, we thought 140 was a good score. That’s the chat Quinny and I had, and then luckily for us, we had wickets in hand, and we could use our power-hitters to get some runs in the last few overs. We knew we had quality in our spinners, and they executed it perfectly.”
Mumbai’s Spinners Restrict Delhi Capitals
Mumbai had three spinners in their ranks: Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav and Krunal Pandya. Even though Delhi Capitals raced off to a flying start, the spinners soon intervened to grind the batsmen to a halt.
Chahar was the destroyer in chief. He accounted for Shikhar Dhawan, who top-scored with 35 off 22, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer. The rest of the bowlers too supported him very well. Delhi could never recover from the spin attack. They could score only 128 for nine in their 20 overs.