It seems ages ago that Delhi Capitals were swapping places with Mumbai Indians at the top of the IPL 2020 points table. On Saturday in Dubai, the Capitals were beaten by Mumbai in brutal fashion to lose their fourth match in a row and now face the prospect of not making it to the play-offs.
Mumbai’s nine-wicket win has assured them of a top-two finish – they qualified for the play-offs earlier this week – with 18 points, but now DC need to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final match to avoid losing out on the final four if net run rate comes into play.
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If Kings XI Punjab’s five consecutive wins after a bad start has proven the most inspiring story of IPL 2020, then Capitals’ four losses in a row threatens to be the most puzzling. Put into bat by Kieron Pollard, DC were rocked by Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah, who took three wickets apiece, and mustered 110/9 in their 20 overs. A target of 111 was achieved in 14.2 overs for the loss of one wicket with Ishan Kishan again stepping up as makeshift opener with 72* off 47 balls.
Boult took out Delhi’s openers Shikhar Dhawan (0) and the returning Prithvi Shaw (10) and Bumrah dented the middle order with the wickets of Marcus Stoinis (2) and Rishabh Pant (21) when he returned to bowl the 12th over. Between the two pacers’ strikes, Rahul Chahar had Shreyas Iyer (25) stumped with a sharp legbreak. Bumrah and Boult each added a third wicket late in Capitals’ innings to ensure there were no fireworks.
Their bowing has been MI’s hallmark all tournament, and once again Bumrah underlined his importance as a wicket-taker and Boult showed why he is the best bowler inside the Powerplay block.
Kishan and Quinton de Kock were subdued during MI’s Powerplay, as opposed to the last time they had to chase a small total, when they hurried to a ten-wicket win. They hit five boundaries between them in the first six overs, of which three cam off Anrich Nortje in the fourth. Kishan’s hands flew hard at the slightest bit of room, while de Kock was content to drive and nudge.
Iyer used six bowlers inside ten overs to try and make breakthroughs, but by the time de Kock was bowled for 26 – the ball bobbed off his bat and onto the top of the stumps – by Nortje the result was a done deal. Suryakumar Yadav joined Kishan with 43 needed from 60 balls and just knocked the ball around to get back on strike Kishan, who finished the game with his third six.
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 111/1 in 14.2 overs (Kishan 72*) beat Delhi Capitals 110/9 in 20 overs (Iyer 25, Bumrah 3/17, Boult 3/21) by nine wickets