In the MI VS DC game, Amit Mishra’s 4-wicket haul and Shikhar Dhawan’s batting helped DC end its losing streak of 3 games. Chasing the lowest total of the IPL this year, DC achieved the target without many hiccups, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s impressive batting.
MI VS DC: Mumbai Indians inning highlight
Skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and inserted his team to bat first. On a wicket which has proven to be difficult for batsman it was quite a surprising decision. Pant handed Marcus Stonis the ball for the opening spell and the decision worked in the favour of the young captain. In the second over of the game Quintin de Kock was caught behind the wicket and was sent packing at 2 off 4. However, MI captain Mumbai Indians took no time to settle and went after Ashwin to hit him for a boundary and a maximum.
MI continued on its momentum with Suryakumar Yadav coming in the middle and hitting a couple of more boundaries off experienced spinner Amit Mishra. While all this was going on, Sharma on the other end went after Rabada and slammed a huge six off him. At the end of the powerplay, MI was looking comfortable at 55/1.
Suryakumar once again couldn’t convert his good start and was caught behind on an Avesh Khan delivery which broke the 58-run partnership. Amit Mishra, who was looking for a revenge after going for a boundary and maximum in his first over, changed the complete momentum of the game. In just one over he took the wicket of both dangerous Rohit Sharma (44 of 30) and equally aggressive Hardik Pandya (0).
In the 10th over, Krunal Pandya was left puzzled by Lalid Yadav and got bowled over for 1 off 5. The dominoes kept falling as it was Kieron Pollard next who mistimed Amit Mishra’s googly and was trapped LBW.
On a surface that has been exceptionally trying for batsmen, it was Ishan Kishan that tried to take his team to a respectable total. In his 26 of 28 ball inning, he hit only one boundary and one maximum and scored most of his runs by running between the wickets. His time too was cut short as he became Mishra’s fourth victim and was bowled over, leaving his team reeling for 127/7 with still 4 more overs.
Jayant Yadav did what no other MI middle order batsmen could do and rooted himself to the crease in the last phase of the game. He resisted the best of DC’s bowlers and played a note-worthy 20 off 18 innings. He ended up Rabada’s only wicket for this game. In the end, MI was restricted for 137/9.
MI VS DC: DC Inning highlight
Chasing 138, DC’s first over was filled with a controversy about a catch that was clean or not. It was the first over when opener Shikhar Dhawan sent the ball straight to Hardik Pandya at point. Umpires were not sure though if Pandya had taken the catch cleanly and sent it for review upstairs. After more than a few minutes of reviews, the third umpire gave the benefit of doubt to Dhawan as he could also not find a clear evidence that it was a clean catch after all.
Prithvi Shaw, who’s been having quite an eventful tournament, couldn’t contribute much with his bat today and was dismissed by Jayant, caught at ball. After Shaw, it was Steve Smith who rooted himself to the crease. Although the boundaries dried up, both the players continued rotating the strike so that they could crawl as close to the target without losing the wicket.
It took DC a better part of 4 overs to finally score a boundary as Smith hit Krunal Pandya for a 4 and then hit another one, making it a 12-run over. The crucial partnership was finally broken when Kieron Pollard trapped Smith LBW and sending him back to the dressing room, contributing 33 off 29.
As Lalit Yadav walked to the middle after Smith, Dhawan on the other continued with his fine inning. He punished the bad deliveries that came from Bumrah and Chahar. In the 15th over he went berserk and hit a huge maximum and a boundary off Chahar. But it was Chahar who had the last laugh as he made Dhawan deposit the ball into Krunal’s hands. With 39 more runs to win off 26, it was the turning point MI needed to make back into the game.
After Dhawan’s dismissal it was Pant who came and went as a wind, scoring just 7 runs and leaving his team in a tricky place. With 15 needed from the 12 balls, it was Shimron Hetmyer and Lalit Yadav that did the trick for their team.
Bumrah was given the penultimate over and contrary to his abilities the bowler bowled a couple of no-balls and gave away multiple singles and doubles. DC now needed just 5 off the last over which they did easily.