Delhi Capitals 138 for 4 (Dhawan 45, Smith 33, Pollard 1-9) beat Mumbai Indians 137 for 9 (Rohit 44, Mishra 4-24, Avesh 2-15) by six wickets
Delhi Capitals registered a win against MI after five consecutive losses in IPL, including four defeats last year, on Tuesday. DC were under the pump for the first 6 overs in the first innings. However, they made sure they were always one step ahead of MI for the remaining period in the game.
Riding on Amit Mishra’s sensational figures of 4 for 24 in 4 overs, Delhi Capitals restricted Mumbai to a below-par 137-run total. MI failed to take quick wickets in the initial half of the second innings, courtesy of a brilliant 53-run partnership for the second wicket between Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith. And, as a result of that, DC chased down the total in 19.1 overs.
Here’s a look at three major talking points from the 13th match of IPL 2021:
Amit Mishra’s 4 for 24 sets up the win for Delhi
Rohit Sharma (44) and Surykumar Yadav (24) produced some attractive shots and had given the start that MI were looking for in the powerplay. Amit Mishra went for 10 runs in his first over, including 2 fours as MI scored 55 runs in the first six.
In a big respite for Delhi, Avesh Khan then sent Suryakumar back to the pavilion in the seventh over. However, Rohit Sharma- the dangerous man was still at the crease. Amit Mishra, who had previously foxed Rohit on 6 occasions in IPL, was brought back in the ninth over. The bait worked wonders as the MI skipper once again fell into the trap of Mishra. In a bid to heave the leg-spinner for a six, he was caught at long-on.
The next ball was a complete replica as Hardik Pandya (0) too heaved the ball straight to Steve Smith at long-on only to leave MI reeling 77 for 4 after 9 overs. It was followed by two more big wickets of Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan as Amit Mishra broke the back of MI’s middle order.
The Indian leggie never allowed MI to develop a partnership in the middle overs by taking wickets regularly. Mumbai, as a result, ended up scoring 30-40 runs lesser than they would have liked.
Mumbai’s middle-order not learning from previous mistakes:
The sluggish wicket of Chepauk is taking a toll on MI’s middle order. Their big hitters like Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard have consistently failed to adapt to the slow nature of the surface. Hardik’s attempt to hit a first-ball six was certainly a shot that wasn’t required at that point.