IPL 2021, DC vs MI: Delhi overcome late scare to end Mumbai jinx

IPL 2021 DC vs MI
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Delhi Capitals ended their jinx against Mumbai Indians as they beat them by 6 wickets on Tuesday. Amit Mishra was the man of the match for Delhi as he returned with a pivotal 4/24 to restrict Mumbai’s batting power. His scalps were – Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan. Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith set up the chase for Delhi which was finished by Shimron Hetmyer.

Delhi Capitals’ wizard – Amit Mishra

Mumbai started strong, credits to Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav’s initial power hitting. However, it was Mishra who came into the attack and scalped 2 wickets in his second over. He dismissed Rohit and Hardik in the same over to dent MI’s run rate.

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Mishra came back to dismiss Pollard and Ishan Kishan in his last 2 overs. After going for few runs in the first half, Pant’s inspiring bowling change forced Mumbai to a low total of 137. 

Mumbai’s middle order trouble

After losing Quinton de Kock in the 3rd over, Rohit and Surya stitched a 58-run partnership. Suryakumar was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis and Rohit followed him soon in the 9th over. Hardik, Pollard, Krunal’s contribution were in single figures, which allowed Delhi to establish a stronghold.

Ishan’s tedious 26 from 28 and Jayant Yadav’s slow-paced 23 off 22 helped Mumbai to get over the 100-run mark. However, MI’s chances of getting anywhere near the 150 mark were thwarted by Delhi’s death bowlers.

Dhawan, Smith pave the way for Delhi Capitals

Chasing 138, it was always going to be difficult against the defending champions. Mumbai have come off defending low scores twice before this game. Delhi Capitals lost Prithvi early in the powerplay. However, Dhawan and Smith kept the calm to keep the scoresheet ticking. 

The pair kneaded a 53-run stand for the 3rd wicket, before Smith perishing to a Pollard delivery. Dhawan continued to hold one end with Lalit Yadav on the other. Things could have been easy for Delhi, but Mumbai Indians bit back in the middle overs. 

Dhawan was dismissed by Rahul Chahar in the 15th over. Skipper Risabh Pant followed the former back to the hut in the 17th over. But in the end Hetmyer got Delhi Capitals safely home in the last over.