Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by 40 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, on Thursday. With this victory, Rohit Sharma and his team avenged a 37-run defeat that they had suffered in the home-leg earlier in IPL 2019.
Mumbai Indians were 104 for 4 after 15.1 overs, heading towards a par-score in the range of 150 on a slow Feroz Shah Kotla surface when the brothers united. Although they took a little time to get into the slog mode, they exploded from the end of the 17th over – Mumbai reaping 54 runs off the last 19 balls of the innings.
After opting to bat, Mumbai Indians rode on an unbeaten knock of 37 runs by Krunal Pandya to post a competitive 168 for five in 20 overs. The home team managed to score 128 for nine in their allotted 20 overs with Shikhar Dhawan having scored a highest knock of 35 runs.
The in-form Hardik produced the more blistering innings, walloping his eighth ball for a six way over long-off, whipping his 12th ball into the long-leg boundary, eventually finishing up with three sixes and two fours in his innings. Krunal had been slow to start, hitting only 17 off his first 18 deliveries, but he found the boundary four times off the last eight balls he faced to assist in the furious finish that Hardik spearheaded.
Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — led Mumbai Indians’ recovery with a 54-run stand. Hardik (32 off 15) and Krunal (37 not out off 26) provided a much needed late onslaught by hammering 51 runs off the last 18 balls to put Mumbai in a strong position.
On the slow and low surface, Mumbai made a measured start with Rohit’s classy cover drive being the only boundary in the first three overs which yielded just 16 runs.
In the following over, a mishit for four off Chris Morris ensured 8,000 T20 runs for Rohit (30 off 22), who became the third Indian to do so.
Runs started flowing after that streaky boundary as Quinton de Kock (35 off 27) collected a four and six over deep square leg and by the first powerplay, Mumbai reached a promising 57 for no loss.
It was time to introduce spin and that provided an immediate breakthrough for Delhi as Mishra bowled Rohit with a beauty on his very first ball of the night for his 150th IPL scalp.
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan began the chase well, hitting 48 in the Powerplay, but Delhi Capitals soon lost their way. Shaw, Dhawan, Colin Munro and captain Shreyas Iyer all lost their wickets in quick succession, sliding to 63 for 4 after 10.2 overs, the required rate creeping up towards 11. None of the Capitals’ middle-order batsmen could launch a serious challenge to Mumbai’s score, and after losing regular wickets, the team eventually mustered only 128 for 9 in response to Mumbai’s 168 for 5.