The Delhi Capitals took on the mighty Indians in this encounter and being potent both on paper and on the ground, both the teams were desperate to crack the victory to advance further. The Mumbai Indians are able to turn the tables anytime in the game and a match involving them could not be predicted till the last delivery is bowled. Delhi Capitals are fresh with Rishabh Pant's captaincy and they are in good touch in their recent games with Shikhar Dhawan's tremendous form.
The clash, which was the 13th match of the league, was hosted by MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai and Rohit Sharma, captain of the Mumbai Indians won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat first, without being aware that he will regret his decision at the end. Mumbai Indians opened the innings with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock and soon, the team had witnessed a stumbling opening after losing de Kock very early. He got dismissed for 2 runs post which Rohit Sharma was joined by Suryakumar Yadav.
Rohit Sharma, through his fine form, managed to have the match under his control and he hasn't failed to score a maximum when required. His partnership with Suryakumar Yadav helped their innings move forward. The hitman has taken charge of putting a competitive score on board, however, DC's Amit Mishra had given a breakthrough to his team by taking Rohit's wicket.
Rohit Sharma got out for 44 off 30 balls and from that time, there was no good news for the Mumbai Indians. Amit Mishra picked up 4 important wickets and it was all. None of the Mumbai Indians batsmen could build at least a reasonable partnership. Pollard and the Pandya brothers failed to take off. Ishan Kishan's 26 and Jayant Yadav's 23 helped Mumbai Indians reach 137 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 20 overs. It was a poor batting display, without any doubt, and one of the lowest scores of the defending champions.
It was a very easy target for the Delhi Capitals considering their strong batting line-up. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, who were in the sublime form, opened the chase. Shaw got out early for 7 runs off 5 balls and it was Dhawan and Steve Smith who made sure that there was no further damage in the early stage. Smith got out for 33 off 29 balls while Dhawan continued his campaign to reach the target.
He was lucky in this innings as there were few chances that had gone down in his favor. Dhawan perished for a well-made 45 off 42 balls and Lalit Yadav played sensible innings. Though Rishabh Pant went early, Lalit along with Hetmyer ensured Delhi's victory in the last over. Eventually, the Delhi Capitals successfully chased the target with five balls to spare and won the match by 6 wickets. Too many no-balls towards the end had costed the Mumbai Indians and they must sit back and analyze what went wrong.
It has become one of the remarkable innings for the Delhi Capitals in the store of Rishabh Pant's captaincy and with this victory, Delhi Capitals had registered their third win in four matches and ascended to the second spot on the points table while Mumbai continues to be at the fourth spot. For his astute bowling of 4 wickets in four overs with splendid economy rate, DC's Amit Mishra was named as the player of the match. This victory has poured more light on Pant's captaincy, which the 23-year-old has already started enjoying.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Rishabh Pant said, "When we started we were little under pressure. Mishy (Mishra) bhai got us into the game. Bowlers did a great job to restrict them to 136. We like to take it into the ground, take one match at a time. He's (Lalit Yadav) a great Indian player we're trying to groom and he can do wonders on pitches like these. What we have learnt is if you keep wickets in hand, you can chase any target."
After conceding the defeat, Rohit Sharma said, "After the start we got, we should have batted better in the middle overs. It is happening time and again. We aren't able to capitalize on our starts and we need to understand as a batting unit. But you have to give credit to the Delhi bowlers, they kept it tight and kept taking wickets. We knew dew would come in but we have seen that it's not all that difficult to grip the ball in the last few games. Dew isn't the factor, we need to play smart cricket to win games which we didn't do today."