An all-round performance helped Mumbai Indians (MI) to register a win over Delhi Capitals (DC) on Thursday, April 18 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. 

Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bat first. Both the openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 57 runs in the first six overs. Though the spinners pulled the things rightly in the middle overs. Later, two quickfire knocks by Pandya brothers helped them to put up 168 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing 169, openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw gave a steady start. However, their middle orders crumbled under pressure while Axar Patel and Chris Morris tried to steady the ship but their contribution were not enough to get past the line. Mumbai won the game by 40 runs.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Mumbai Indians’ batting

Batting first, Mumbai got off to a flying start by the openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. While Rohit Sharma scored his 8,000 IPL runs, de Kock took on Chris Morris for a boundary and a six and Keemo Paul for two maximums in the powerplay. Their back-to-back big shots helped them to put up 57 runs within the powerplay.

However, middle-orders couldn’t carry on the momentum and reached the 100-run mark in the 14th over. They were 118-4 after 17 overs and were hoping for a big score. At that time, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya changed their gears. Hardik smashed a boundary and a maximum while Krunal hit a boundary in the 18th over off Keemo Paul.

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The penultimate over was seen a maximum and a boundary from Hardik off Chris Morris. Both of them took on Rabada in the final over for a maximum and two consecutive boundaries and took the team to 168/5 after 20 overs.

Delhi Capitals’ middle order crumbled under pressure

Chasing a target like 169, Delhi were needed a steady opening stand. Both the openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan did the same. While Prithvi welcomed Hardik with two consecutive boundaries in the very first over, Dhawan took on Rahul Chahar in the next. Dhawan hit two fours off Malinga as well and their stable partnership helped Delhi to put up 48 after 6 overs. However, both the openers fell right after the powerplay and credit went to Rahul Chahar who dismissed both of them in his consecutive overs.

However, their in-form batsman Colin Munro (3) and captain Shreyas Iyer (3) both departed very cheaply. Even, Rishabh Pant (7) also couldn’t do well. Axar Patel (26) and Chris Morris (11) tried to score but their middle orders dismantled by strong bowling from Mumbai bowlers. None of the batsmen could capitalize on their chase and ended up scoring 128 in 20 overs. Eventually, they lost the game by 40 runs.

Spinners did the job

Feroz Shah Kotla has been providing a pitch which is helping the spinners pretty well. Once again, spinners did the job for both the sides. At first, Delhi spinners Amit Sharma and Axar Patel bowled with a nice line and length and restricted Mumbai within 118 after 17 overs. However, a late blitz by Pandya bothers changed the game for them; where the final three overs bowled by the pacers, conceding 50 runs.

On the other hand, while Delhi was chasing, Mumbai spinners were doing the same thing. Though they performed much better than Delhi. Rahul Chahar provided with the first breakthrough to his team after Delhi started with a bang. Later, he took on another opener as well. Mumbai spinners conceded only 51 runs in their 10 overs which changed the way of the game and helped Mumbai to get past the line.

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