This is the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, the wealthiest Twenty20 league in the world. Delhi Capitals has never won the IPL, having finished as the runner-up last season. Mumbai Indians is the record five-time defending champion, winning it all under Rohit Sharma.
Delhi Capitals produced a patient all-round performance to tame defending champion Mumbai Indians by six wickets in Match 13 of the 2021 Indian Premier League at the MA Chidamabaram (Chepauk) Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. While spinner Amit Mishra claimed a four-for, opener Shikhar Dhawan's commendable innings of 45 played a crucial role in DC's win.
Earlier, Rohit won the toss and elected to bat on a slow Chennai track, besides making a change, with spinner Jayant Yadav coming in for pacer Adam Milne. As for DC, skipper Rishabh Pant made a couple of changes, bringing in Shimron Hetmyer and Amit Mishra for Lukman Meriwala and Chris Woakes.
MI lost its opening wicket in just the third over of the game, with wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock falling for a mere single, caught behind off pacer Marcus Stoinis, with just nine runs on the board. Nonetheless, it was followed by a 58-run stand between Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav before the latter departed for 24 to pacer Avesh Khan in the seventh over.
Nine runs later, at 76, Rohit fell for 44 to Mishra in the ninth over. MI then lost the next three wickets in quick successions, as it was 84/6 by the 12th over, with the likes of Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard falling in single digits.
Nevertheless, a 39-run stand followed between wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan and Jayant before the former fell for 26 to Mishra in a unique fashion, as a yorker for the spinner saw him playing onto his stumps in the 18th over. He was followed by Jayant (23) and Rahul Chahar (6) in the following couple of overs, as MI could manage a below-par total of 137/9.
As for DC, six bowlers were pressed into the attack, with Mishra gaining the most success. Meanwhile, spinner Lalit Yadav was the most economical of all.
When DC came out to chase, it lost the opener, Prithvi Shaw, for just seven in the second over itself, caught and bowled off spinner Jayant Yadav. Nonetheless, Dhawan and Steve Smith's pair contributed to a 53-run stand for the second wicket, stabilising the DC innings.
During the tenth over, pacer Kieron Pollard trapped Smith leg-before for 33 off the second ball of his first over, thus breaking the alarming partnership. Nevertheless, Dhawan continued to play smart, as he gradually steered the innings helped DC score the 100 runs before falling for 45 at the same score in the 15th over off spinner Rahul Chahar.
As skipper Pant came out to join Lalit in the middle, he could manage just seven runs, while at 115, he was dismissed by pacer Bumrah in the 17th over. However, Lalit held his nerves along with Shimron Hetmyer as the two batted it out despite immense pressure from the MI bowlers to get the job done by six wickets with four balls to spare.
For MI, six bowlers were utilised as well. It was a combined effort from all, with pacer Trent Boult being highly economical.
Brief scores: MI 137/9 (Rohit- 44; Mishra- 4/24) lost to DC 138/4 (Dhawan- 45; Pollard- 1/9) by six wickets.
Last Updated Apr 20, 2021, 11:33 PM IST