Chennai: DC stepped into Chepauk stadium after playing their first leg of the tournament at Wankhade. While it was felt that Delhi might find it challenging to adapt to the pitch quickly, they made it possible, as it was evident from their performance against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. Mishra(4/24) defined MI’s batting while Dhawan-Smith partnership dictated the terms in the chase as DC register their first win at Chepauk after 2012.
Chepauk pitch continues to affect MI middle order
Rohit won the toss once again and chose to bat first as the pitch tends to get slower as the match progresses. Though MI lost de Kock early, Surya and Rohit went hard against the bowlers in the powerplay. Mumbai scored 55 runs in the powerplay. SKY edged a slower ball to Pant off Avesh Khan, trying to steer the ball to the third man. And that marked an end to a 58-run 2nd wicket partnership. New incoming batsman Ishan couldn’t time the ball.
Mishra turned the tables around for DC as he dismissed Rohit and Hardik in the same over. He later got rid of Pollard too. Meanwhile, Lalit Yadav chipped in with the wicket of Krunal Pandya. Kishan was stranded in the middle, but there was no support from the other end. 2 boundaries from him, and a boundary each from Jayant and Chahar helped MI post a total of 138 runs on the board.
Dhawan-Smith hep DC cross the line
With dew setting in, 138 seemed to be an easily-chasable target, but one can never write-off MI. Standing by the expectations, MI got rewarded with 1st wicket in the second over itself by removing Shah. Smith joined hands with Dhawan in the middle and slowly brought the match into DC’s control. Duo didn’t go for any rash or fancy shots but concentrated on rotating the strike well and scoring an odd boundary. And they executed the plan to perfection that MI wasn’t given a chance to make a comeback into the match. RRR was very much under control.
At this point, Pollard removed Smith to bring some life back into the game. MI started to squeeze in. But a six and four off consecutive deliveries off Chahar by Dhawan eased the pressure off Delhi. Chahar had his revenge by dismissing Dhawan in the same over, but DC had enough depth to chase the total.
Boult was economical with his last two overs. But two no-balls by Bumrah in the penultimate over had hurt them the most. Both would have resulted in wickets if not for the no-ball. DC needed five off the last over, and Hetmeyer had hit a four, over point region before Pollard bowled a waist-high beamer. That marked the win for DC over MI by six wickets with five balls to spare.
This win was DC’s first win over MI in the last six outings. With this win, DC moved onto the top 2 of the Points table while MI standstill at 4th place.
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