A confident Mumbai Indians ensured their top two finish as they defeated Delhi Capitals by 9 wickets on Saturday. The Capitals’ batting line-up collapsed once again in-front of Mumbai’s fiery bowling attack, led by the duo of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah, as they were reduced to a paltry total of 110/9 in their designated 20 overs. Ishan Kishan powered Mumbai Indians to chase this total down with complete ease with 34 balls to spare.
After being asked to bat first by Kieron Pollard, the Delhi Capitals batsmen struggled to score runs and lost regular wickets from the very start as Trent Boult dismissed both of their openers within the powerplay to get MI off to a flyer.
Shikhar Dhawan was out for a duck for the second time in two games and after scoring two consecutive centuries, his dip in form in the three successive games now has put Delhi in a spot of bother.
Shreyas Iyer (25) and Rishabh Pant (21) showed some resistance but an overall dismal batting performance meant that they had a below par total of 110 to defend. Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult starred with the ball for Mumbai Indians picking up three wickets each. Bumrah now has 23 wickets in this edition of IPL which is his personal best in a season and is tied with Rabada for the purple cap who has as many wickets.
Mumbai Indians dominated the run-chase thoroughly and not even the duo of Rabada and Nortje could contain them. Ishan Kishan once again rose to the occasion and played a blistering knock of 72 in just 47 deliveries. His innings comprised of 8 fours and 3 huge sixes.
Quinton de Kock (26) and SuryaKumar Yadav (12*) supported Kishan well from the other end as he went on to seal the game for the Capitals with a huge six in the second ball of 15th over. Anrich Nortje picked up the wicket of Quinton de Kock and was the only successful DC bowler.
Ishan Kishan was adjudged the man of the match for his match winning innings.
Mumbai Indians cement their place on top of the table with 18 points and have looked dangerous. They have one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament with two of world’s best pacers up their rank. Their batting depth is their greatest strength and they are looking like a very balanced side who haven’t done much wrong in the field so far. They look all set for a fifth title-win.
Delhi Capitals had a phenomenal start to their campaign and were the favourites for a top 2 finish at the halfway mark. But they lost their momentum after their win against CSK and have now lost all of their last four games.
They had once looked one of the strongest sides in the tournament with most of their bases covered, but both their batting and bowling have started misfiring just as we head on to the business end of the tournament.
However,due to a sensational start to the tournament, they still manage to find themselves in a comfortable position to qualify and must win their last match against RCB to stand a chance of finishing in the top 2. Even though their play-off spot is not guaranteed yet, they can still qualify with a defeat in their final match provided the losses don’t dent their NRR too much.
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