Match 27 of the Indian Premier League was played between Mumbai Indian (MI) and Delhi Capitals (DC) at Abu Dhabi. DC won the toss and elected to bat first. MI made no changes to their side from their win against Rajasthan Royals (RR). While DC were forced to make two changes due to injury to Rishabh Pant. Alex Carey replaced Pant while Ajinkya Rahane came in place of Shimron Hetmyer. Delhi Capitals come into this game with confidence after defending their total against RR at Sharjah.
Mumbai Indians sends DC opening pair cheaply
MI started with Trent Boult and James Pattinson against opening pair of Ajinkya Rahane and Prithivi Shaw. Boult gave them a breakthrough in the first over when he got Shaw caught at short cover. Ajinkya Rahane, who was playing his first match in IPL 2020, got out to Krunal Pandya after scoring 15 off 15 balls. Iyer and Dhawan punished Pattinson in 6th over as he conceded 14 runs in that over. Delhi Capitals ended the powerplay with score of 46/2.
Momentum kept on shifting between MI and DC
DC captain, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan began rebuilding the innings after fall of 2 wickets. They kept on scoring at a brisk rate while rotating their strike and hitting an odd boundary. Krunal Pandya broke the partnership between Iyer and Dhawan when he got Iyer caught at deep mid-wicket. Meanwhile, Dhawan brought up his first fifty of IPL 2020 in the 16th over. Marcus Stoinis played some glorious shots before being run-out by Suryakumar Yadav’s throw from the deep. Bumrah and Boult kept applying brakes to Delhi’s charge with an economical 18th and 19th over. Dhawan and Carey scored 12 runs from the last over ending Delhi’ innings at 162-4 from their 20 overs.
Mumbai Indians started cautiously in the powerplay
Rabada opened the bowling for Delhi Capitals against the fiery opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. DC kept MI openers quiet as the later could not manage a single boundary till 4th over. De Kock launched assault in the Ashwin’s over, hitting a six and a boundary. Axar Patel ended Rohit’s unpleasant stay at the crease in the 5th over. Surkyakumar Yadav (SKY) came in at number 3 for Mumbai. De Kock hit a couple of sixes in Nortje’s over to take Mumbai’s total to 44-1 in six overs
De Kock and SKY kept MI in the chase
SKY and Quinton kept the required rate under control. They managed to score 28 runs from 7-9 overs before R. Ashwin got rid of Quinton De Kock in the 10th over. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan kept Mumbai’s ship steady by rotating the strike and hitting boundary once in a while. SKY took Rabada’s over to the cleaners by hitting a six and a boundary. However, Rabada had the last laugh as he got Yadav caught at long-on. MI ended their 15 overs at 133-3 and were in complete control of the match.
Mumbai Indians takes the win with 5 wickets to spare
Hardik Pandya went back to dug-out without scoring when he edged a slower delivery from Stoinis into keeper’s hand. Rabada got rid of Ishan Kishan in the 17th over while Mumbai were just 11 runs away. Nortje bowled an exceptional penultimate over to take Mumbai’ chase into the final over. However, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard sealed a comfortable win for MI with 2 deliveries to spare. This win takes Mumbai Indians to the top of the table as we reach mid-way of IPL 2020.
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