Suryakumar Yadav, on Sunday, came up with yet another stunning knock, scoring a fine fifty to help Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals and move to the top of the points table. After restricting Delhi Capitals to 162, Mumbai Indians rode on fifties from Suryakumar Yadav and de Kock to chase down the total with two balls to spare.
The defending champions started on a shaky note as their skipper Rohit Sharma departed for just 5. But before Delhi could make further inroads, De Kock and Suryakumar Yadav steadied the ship. The duo added 46 runs for the second wicket before the South African departed for 53 off 36 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav then forged a 53-run stand with Ishan Kishan to all but seal the game for his side. The right-handed batsman also scored 53. His knock came off 32 deliveries and was studded with six boundaries and a six.
De Kock on playing Suryakumar Yadav’s shots:
Following the game, de Kock was asked whether he would like to borrow some shots from Suryakumar. Apart from his consistency, the right-hander has impressed with the range of shots in his arsenal. On Sunday too, he played a fine pick-up shot against Kagiso Rabada over deep backward square leg for a six.
De Kock, however, made it clear that he is not brave enough to play those shots. At the same time, the left-handed batsman also stated that he would like to reverse lap Jofra Archer like Suryakumar did during his match-winning knock against Rajasthan Royals.
“To be honest, I don’t think I am brave enough to play any of them,” de Kock said. “But if I can reverse lap Jofra Archer, I wish I could do that. That’s about it.”
With five wins from seven games, Mumbai Indians are cruising at this stage. And de Kock expects the four-time IPL champions to make the most of the momentum.
“We are a team that keeps it simple,” he said. “We know where our strengths lie and we try to bring them into every game. Once or twice, we haven’t been able to and come second best. But we have a bit of momentum now. We have really good players in our team. If it’s not one then the other is going to do that for the team.”
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