Mumbai Indians 200/5 in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 55, Suryakumar Yadav 51 Quinton de Kock 40, Hardik Pandya 37 ; R Ashwin 4-0-29-3) beat Delhi Capitals in 143/8 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 65, Axar Patel 42 ; Jasprit Bumrah 4-1-14-4, Trent Boult 2-1-9-2) by 57 runs
With dew potentially playing a part in the second half of the match, there was a clear advantage in winning the toss. To beat this rampaging Mumbai Indians team needs something special. But that’s not enough, you also need Mumbai to play badly, and also the toss to go your way. Delhi Capitals had the first thing go their way, now it was up to them to put MI’s batters on the back foot early.
Quinton de Kock started a blistering attack right from the first over, before R Ashwin’s doosra dismissed Rohit Sharma for a golden duck in the next over. Mumbai perhaps wouldn’t have had scored as much in the powerplay had Rohit continued to play instead of Suryakumar Yadav. The batting in the middle overs wobbled significantly with a few wickets falling in a bunch. Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan plundered 92 runs off the last six overs to get Mumbai to 200, total that wasn’t expected after their display in the powerplay. Mahela Jayawardene said that the team was looking at 160, but clearly he was underplaying it considering the way they started.
How did Delhi’s batters respond to a target of 200? They lost three wickets without having a single run on the board. Mumbai has the best powerplay and death bowlers in Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. Although, it has to be said that if Bumrah was used enough in the powerplay, he’d be the best in that phase too. Boult scalped Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane in just the first over, before Bumrah knocked over Shikhar Dhawan’s stumps with a fierce inswinging toe crusher. The match was done and dusted by then, but Delhi didn’t want to go down without putting up a semblance of a fight. Marcus Stoinis showed immense heart and bravery, and why he’s so highly rated despite his less-than impressive international numbers. Axar Patel refused to go down without a fight either. Bumrah came back and bowled another peach of a delivery to clean up Stoinis to go top of the Purple Cap standings. If Boult had not walked off with a niggle, the margin of victory could well have been bigger.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Four Mumbai batsmen really stood out in the game. But none of them could claim to have a more significant impact than the other, making it a difficult choice for MoM. Within eight balls of the second innings, two bowlers also threw their hat into the mix. Boult’s double-wicket maiden in the first over had pretty much made the task insurmountable, but he had to walk away midway due to a niggle. Having bowled just two overs, it would be hard to adjudge him the Man of the Match when Bumrah was equally impressive. Bumrah was as close to being unplayable as one can be in T20 cricket. As Rohit willingly accepted later on, Bumrah makes life much, much easier for any captain.
De Kock dispatched Daniel Sams for three boundaries in the first over. Mumbai’s intent to not go into a shell was clear right from the beginning. The powerplay score of 63 for the loss of a wicket was enough to deplete Delhi’s bowlers, especially with Kieron Pollard and Hardik yet to come. They only started slowing down after de Kock’s dismissal, something that they could afford to do because of the runs that they had already. They needed one of their three power hitters to stand up at the death, and it was Hardik’s turn this time.
Mumbai qualifies for the final happening on November 10th, while Delhi will wait for the result of the Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore for their next opponent.