Dubai: Starting off, MI didn’t have a good record in Dubai, losing two matches here in the super over. DC, on the other hand, had to win this match to ensure that they finish in the top 2. But MI’s authoritative performance was too good to match for DC as they lost the match by 9 wickets and with 30 balls to spare.
DC batting line up resembles a cycle stand
It all started with Pollard winning the toss. Rohit missed the 4th consecutive match for MI owing to his hamstring injury and Polly continued to lead MI in his absence. Pollard won the toss and chose to bowl first and later told that he chose to bowl as he couldn’t figure out how the pitch would behave.
But the decision proved to be too good for DC as they never got off to a start. Dhawan bagged 2nd consecutive duck this season. It is noteworthy that earlier he bagged 2 consecutive centuries and his lack-of-form is hurting DC badly. Boult removed both the openers in the first 3 overs of the match. DC scored only 24 runs in the PP. By the time Pant and Iyer re-built the innings, half of the overs were consumed.
With Pant struggling to time the ball well, Iyer had to take risks and in the process, he perished. Chahar removed Iyer in his very first over as stumped out. The rest of the batsmen followed their captain back to the hut as none of them even passed the 12 run-mark barring Pant and Iyer. This sums up DC’s batting. They managed only 110 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Bumrah ran Rabada out on the very last ball of the innings.
Boult and Bumrah removed 3 wickets each while NCN and Chahar shared wicket-a-piece. With 23 wickets to his name and a better economy rate compared to Rabada, Bumrah became the new purple cap owner of the season while Boult stands 4th on the list.
Ishan(50) de-rails DC bowling line up
DC hoped for early wickets in search of the win but Ishan and QDK never gave them a chance as they counter-attacked the DC’s bowlers. MI haven’t been too expressive in the PP as they scored 38 runs in that period. They knew that target wasn’t too high and never looked to take risks. But they were never hesitant to put the bad balls away.
QDK scored at just less than run-a-ball but that never looked like an issue, courtesy – low target. Nortje had a wicket in the 11th over dismissing QDK on 26 but it was too late. On the other hand, post-QDK’s dismissal, Ishan started swinging the bat hard and soon MI reached the target in 14.2 overs.
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