IPL 2019, Match 34: Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians- It was a Clinical Effort Overall Says Winning Skipper Rohit Sharma
It was yet another thoroughly entertaining performance by Mumbai Indians as they thrashed Delhi Capitals by 40 runs to leapfrog them to the 2nd position in the points table. The victory was largely built around a special all-round performance from the Pandya brothers. Hardik Pandya kept his consistency and smashed 15 balls 32 to bag the Man of the Match. His elder brother was not far behind as he also proved to be a difference between the two sides.
After winning the toss it was Rohit Sharma who elected to bat. The skipper and Quinton de Kock got them off to a flying start. They raced off to 57/0 in the powerplay before the Delhi Capitals bowlers made a terrific comeback by bagging some crucial wickets. In a slow track, the Mumbai Indians batters struggled in the middle overs.
The promotion of Ben Cutting up the order didn’t work as he was dismissed quite cheaply by Axar Patel. It was a good partnership between Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya which took Mumbai Indians past the 150 mark. The Pandya brothers played some terrific cricket. The brothers complemented each other quite brilliantly. While Krunal was more of finesse and touch, Hardik was at his usual best spanking the bowlers all around the park.
Hardik Pandya struck a sensational helicopter of Kagiso Rabada in the final over before his dismissal. Chasing a target of 169, the Delhi Capitals was impressive, to begin with. Shikhar Dhawan, in particular, looked in great touch and struck some wonderful shots to get going. He scored 35 of 22 deliveries before Rahul Chahar dismissed him.
Prithvi Shaw was also dismissed by Chahar while Colin Munro was castled by a quick delivery from Krunal Pandya. Rahul Chahar bowled one of the balls of the tournament when he squared up Shreyas Iyer and castled him with a terrific leg break. From there it was always going to be difficult for the Capitals.
There was no way back for the Delhi Capitals from there on. On a slow track, a target of 169 was always going to be difficult for the hosts. However, the start would have given them confidence but the target proved to be way too much in the end. Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians skipper was extremely pleased with the performance and hailed the contributors from the victory.
Now here is what winning skipper Rohit Sharma said at the post-match presentation
After the first two overs that we played, we thought 140 was the good score. Quinny (Quinton) and me had that talk and then luckily towards the end we had wickets in hand and could use our power-hitters to play just the way they’ve been playing in the last few games. We then knew we had the quality in the spinners, who did the job perfectly.
It was a clinical effort overall. Batting first at the toss was something where I had made up my mind. Even in the last ODI against Australia, we found it tough to chase. In the last few games here the teams won chasing, but they were very low totals. But we were clinical in both the batting and bowling. I knew that if we got 140-150, we had the bowlers to keep us in the game.
Rahul Chahar was there with us last year, we wanted to get him in even last year where Mayank was playing, but we couldn’t do that. He has a great attitude and is clear with what he wants to do and is smart with them. The breakthroughs he gave in the middle were very crucial.
They had left-handers and Rahul was confident to bowl to left-handers, which is what he told me at the start; if you give him confidence as a captain he will deliver. Jayant was an obvious swap with the number of lefties they had in the top six. With Cutting, we wanted him to exploit the hard ball and I thought it was a good move to send him up.
We wanted one of Hardik, Pollard or him to come up and take on the spinners. The gameplan changes depending on the venue and the opposition. The top three remain the same and numbers four, five and six would keep changing, which is something we’ve conveyed to the players as well.
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