Amit Mishra and Sandeep Lamichhane spun a web around Mumbai Indians as Delhi Daredevils beat the defending champions by 11 runs to dump them out of the competition. Both the leg-spinners took three wickets apiece to derail Mumbai’s chase.

Chasing 175 in the do-or-die clash, Mumbai started poorly. Their in-form openers Surykumar Yadav and Evin Lewis could not set the tone for the chase. After being hit for 13 runs off the first three balls in the first over, Sandeep Lamichhane sent back Suryakumar Yadav. Lewis then played some big shots to help Mumbai race away to fifty in just 5 overs. At the end of the powerplay, Mumbai were 57 for 1.

Amit Mishra then ended Ishan Kishan’s painful stay at the crease. The southpaw scored 5 off 13 balls. The game then turned on its head when Delhi took three wickets in quick succession to leave Mumbai reeling at 78 for 5. Mishra started the collapse by sending back Lewis for 48. On the very next ball, Lamichhane dismissed Pollard. 4 runs later, the Nepali sensation accounted for the dangerous Krunal Pandya to put Delhi on top.

But Hardik Pandya soon eased off the pressure by playing some big shots right from the start. He and Rohit Sharma steadied the ship as Mumbai crossed the 100-run mark in the 13th over. The game was drifting away slowly from Daredevils’ clutches before Harshal Patel once again put Delhi on top by dismissing Rohit and reduce Mumbai to 121 for 6. One run later, Amit Mishra accounted for Hardik to all but seal Mumbai’s fate. Mumbai needed 53 off the last 5 overs with 3 wickets in hand.

With 38 needed off 18, it looked like a lost battle for Mumbai. However, Ben Cutting revived the chase by hitting two fours and a six in the 18th over. The equation was finally down to 18 off the last over and Cutting hit the first ball for a six. However, Harshal Patel sent him back on the very next ball to end his 20-ball 37 runs knock. Delhi went on to bowl Mumbai out for 163.

Earlier, another fifty from the in-form Rishabh Pant helped Delhi recover from a shaky start and post a challenging 174 for 4. With the pitch being flat and looking good for batting, Shreyas Iyer did not hesitate in deciding to bat first. However, Glenn Maxwell and Prithvi Shaw just could not capitalise on the fine pitch.

The duo started brightly, adding 30 runs before departing in quick succession. Hardik Pandya broke the stand by running out Shaw for 12. 8 runs later, Jasprit Bumrah castled Maxwell to leave the Daredevils reeling at 38 for 2. Iyer and Rishabh Pant then steadied the ship. But just when it looked like the duo is set for a big stand, Mayank Markande struck. The leg-spinner accounted for Daredevils to end the partnership which was worth 37 runs.

From thereon, Pant and Vijay Shankar took the onus on themselves to guide Delhi to a good total. The duo mixed caution with aggression to take the innings forward. They mainly relied on ones and two but were also hitting the occasional boundaries to keep their team on track for a good total.

They added 64 runs for the fourth wicket before Krunal Pandya sent back Pant. The wicketkeeper-batsman slammed 64 off 44 balls with the help of 4 fours and as many sixes. Shankar, on the other hand, remained till the end to ensure the Daredevils finish off on a good note. He remained unbeaten on 43 of 30 balls.

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