Mumbai Indians are again on the prime desk and did so in type by defeating their prime contenders by five-wicket in a largely MI-dominated sport in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Sturdy half-centuries from top-order duo Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav (each scoring 53) meant the trouble proved sufficient in chasing down Delhi Capital’s goal of 163, which got here by Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 52-ball 69.
Chasing the below-par goal, Mumbai Indians noticed their in-form skipper Rohit Sharma (5) depart for affordable after he failed to clear the boundary over deep mid-wicket within the fifth over with 31 runs on board.
The early jolt had no bearing on his accomplice Quinton de Kock, who did a lot of the scoring within the opening stand, to steer MI in the direction of the entire with no. 3 Suryakumar Yadav on the opposite finish. The South African southpaw saved the scoreboard shifting and scored 36-ball 53, laced with three maximums and 4 boundaries, in a 46-run second-wicket stand.
However, de Kock couldn’t convert his 50 into a much bigger rating with R Ashwin eradicating the opener within the 10th over to carry DC again within the sport.
DC instantly had one other probability to strike with a mix-up between Suryakumar and newly-in Ishan Kishan. However, a direct hit on the striker finish with Ishan manner out of the crease on the opposite finish meant the possibility went begging.
Suryakumar, who was already feeling snug after spending appreciable time within the center, took over the scoring duty. The Mumbai right-hander smashed six boundaries and a six over the advantageous leg to herald his 50. However, he met the identical destiny as de Kock after he miscued a shot direct to DC skipper Shreyas Iyer at quick long-off to finish his innings at 53.
Panic struck MI instantly as Hardik Pandya (zero off 2) departed two balls later, leaving the aspect chasing troubled at 130/4.
However, Ishan Kishan’s 15-ball 28 cameo within the closing levels, particularly a six within the 18th over, earlier than falling to Rabada meant the match tilted closely in MI’s favour as they wanted simply 10 runs off the final two overs.
Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya ensured victory from there on with little discomfort.
Earlier within the first innings, DC opener Shikhar Dhawan performed by the innings however managed to rating solely 69 runs in 52 balls to take the aspect to 162 as Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya each ended with economies of 6.5 of their 4 overs.
Krunal, in the meantime, accounted for the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane (15) and DC captain Shreyas Iyer (42). Shreyas put up a partnership of 85 runs with Dhawan.