DD won the toss and opted to bat. DD got off to a bad start with openers, Prithvi Shaw (12) and Glenn Maxwell (22), getting out within an over of each other. By the end of power-play, the team had lost both their openers and had managed only 46 runs.
Rishabh Pant, however, then came in to replace Maxwell and had a brilliant knock of 64 runs off 44 balls laced with four boundaries and four sixes. He not only secured his fifth IPL fifty but also took the Orange Cap back from Kane Williamson with 684 runs. He brought his team back into the game and helped them post a challenging score of 174 for four.
Captain Shreyas Iyer had a very short phase on the field as he was dismissed by Mayank Markande. But he gave way for Vijay Shankar who added another 43 runs to the scoreboard. His partnership with Pant brought 64 runs for the fourth wicket. Pant was then taken off the field by Krunal Pandya in the seventeenth over, but it didn’t matter as a good base had already been built. Abhishek Sharma’s small undefeated cameo added another 15 runs.
MI bowlers were unable to synchronize with one another. Krunal Pandya finished with a figure of 1/11 in two overs while his brother, Hardik Pandya, conceded 36 runs in his four overs. Mayank Markande (1/21) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/29) took one wicket each. While the rest allowed DD for a smooth finish.
With a target of 175 to chase, MI had a rocky start too as they lost Suryakumar Yadav (12) very cheaply in the first over. Evin Lewis (48) and Ishan Kishan (5) made up for the loss, however, but both departed soon after the power play. After their dismissals, none of the other batsmen could tick including Rohit Sharma (13) who has been in and out of form this season. Hardik Pandya’s 17 balls 27 and Ben Cutting’s 20 balls 37, however, bought them a chance to reach the target. With 18 left off of the last over, Harshal Patel took Cutting and Jasprit Bumrah out, ending the innings for the Mumbai Indians at 163 – all out.
“Disappointing that we didn’t get over the finish line. There are a lot of things where I can look back and say that ‘we didn’t do this right, we didn’t do that right’ but looking at how the first half went, we gave ourselves a chance and in the second half we played really good cricket,” captain Rohit Sharma said after Sunday’s defeat.
Sandeep Lamichhane, Harshal Patel, and Amit Mishra took three wickets each, bringing endgame to the Mumbai Indians. Harshal Patel’s final two wickets won DD the game and eliminated all chances of MI surviving the match with a win, as they failed to make the playoffs.
MI’s downfall has been its inconsistency. With a roller-coaster of a season, they had a weak start, a filmy comeback and ended with a loss in their most important match this season. It wasn’t Rohit Sharma’s season either as it became the first IPL in which he did not pass the 300-mark. A win would have directly pushed them to fourth place with no threat with their NRR.
DD, on the other hand, was the first team to be out of the running for the playoffs. They, however, found the spark that they were unable to bring out during the better part of the season and ended their time in the tournament with two massive wins back to back. They have proved to be a force to be reckoned with and will hopefully, continue the in-form performances in the next season.