IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Delhi Capitals Beat Mumbai Indians To End Their Five Match Losing Streak
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IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Delhi Capitals Beat Mumbai Indians To End Their Five Match Losing Streak

Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra. [Image-IPLT20]

Shikhar Dhawan’s 42-ball 45 and cool-and-collected knocks from Lalit Yadav (22* off 25 balls) and Shimron Hetmyer (14* off 9 balls) has helped Delhi Capitals break their four-match losing streak against Mumbai Indians as they chased down 189 in the final over.

Defending a poultry total of 138, Mumbai Indians desperately needed early wickets and they very nearly got the big fish in Shikhar Dhawan in the very first over bowled by Trent Boult.

After having got off the mark courtesy of a disdainful square-cut, Dhawan, in an attempt to play a fullish length delivery towards the on-side, ended up getting a leading edge and Hardik Pandya proceeded to claim a brilliant diving catch at cover.

But the 3rd umpire gave Shikhar the benefit of doubt due to a lack of non-conclusive evidence. Shikhar survived but Prithvi Shaw didn’t have the same luck as he ended up giving a simple return catch to Jayant Yadav in the 2nd over.

IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Delhi Capitals Beat Mumbai Indians To End Their Five Match Losing Streak
Shkhar Dhawan and Steve Smith [Image-IPLT20]
Post Shaw’s dismissal, Mumbai Indians’ kept things really tight as both Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith struggled to get the boundaries on a regular basis.

Delhi Capitals managed just 39 runs in the powerplay and with Chennai track not ideal for a new batsman, the onus fell on the set duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith to stitch a match-winning stand.

Delhi’s 50 came in the 8th over and Smith celebrated that with a four past third-man followed by a sweep for another boundary in the next over bowled by Krunal Pandya.

With dew making its presence felt, spinners were finding it difficult to grip the ball, Rohit decided to bring Kieron Pollard in the attack, and the move paid dividend as Steve Smith (33 off 29 balls), in an attempt to flick, missed a straight ball and was trapped plumb in front.

IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Delhi Capitals Beat Mumbai Indians To End Their Five Match Losing Streak
Shikhar Dhawan [Image-IPLT20]
With Smith gone and 70 needed off the last 60 balls, Dhawan, who was striking at 90, needed to take the run-chase by the scruff of its neck.

Dhawan smacked a four off Rahul Chahar at the start of the 11th over and he did the same- albeit off the second delivery- off Jasprit Bumrah in the next to reduce the equation to 56 off 51 deliveries.

IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Delhi Capitals Beat Mumbai Indians To End Their Five Match Losing Streak
Rishabh Pant dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah [Image-IPLT20]
But Bumrah and Chahar combined to give just 5 runs in the next 10 balls to increase the gap between balls required and runs needed to 10. With 48 needed off the last six overs, Dhawan(45 off 42 balls)  smashed a six and a four on the first two deliveries but Chahar fought back to dismiss the southpaw as he holed out in the deep to bring another twist in the game.

Rishabh Pant smashed a four off Boult while Lalit Yadav did the same against Bumrah in the following but the latter once again proved to be the best in the business as he dismissed the dangerous Pant, who holed out at short fine-leg while trying to scoop the pacer.

But Lalit Yadav (22 off 25 balls) and Shimron Hetmyer (14* off 9 balls) played with absolute maturity against the duo of Boult and Bumrah, who erred by bowling two no-balls in the final over, as they milked the strike to take 1s and 2s before landing a final blow against Kieron Pollard in the final over.

 

 

Amit Mishra’s 4/24 helped Delhi Capitals restrict Mumbai Indians to 9/137

Delhi Capitals’ ploy of bowling Marcus Stoinis in the powerplay has proved to be a masterstroke with the Australian all-rounder getting rid of the dangerous Quinton de Kock in just his second over.

Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis removes QDK [Image-IPLT20]
It all happened on the first ball of the third over of Mumbai Indians innings. Stoinis bowled another 129.7 kph cutter which went across the left-hander, and the southpaw ended up edging it to the keeper. But the wicket did not hamper Mumbai Indians’ scoring rate in the powerplay as skipper Rohit Sharma took matters in his hand with his dazzling strokeplay.

He cut, pulled, and lofted over the bowler’s head with absolute disdain while Suryakumar Yadav, on the other hand, rocketed his way to a 14-ball 24 as Mumbai Indians moved 1/55 after 6.

Khan came in for some hammering from Rohit Sharma in his first over but the right-hander came back brilliantly as he dismissed the dangerous SKY, who ended up nicking off to Pant while trying to guide it past third-man.

IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As Delhi Capitals Beat Mumbai Indians To End Their Five Match Losing Streak
Amit Mishra. (Credits: Twitter)

Amit Mishra was taken for a couple of fours in his first over by SKY and Rohit Sharma continued to mete out the same treatment as he cut the veteran leg-spinner for a boundary in the 9th over.

But Mishra had the last laugh as he tossed the ball wide outside off and Rohit, without reaching the pitch of the ball, proceeded to miscue the lofted stroke straight to Steve Smith at long-on.

Lalit Yadav
Lalit Yadav claims his maiden IPL wicket [Image-IPLT20]
Rohit’s wicket triggered a collapse as Mumbai Indians lost Hardik Pandya in the same manner as Rohit of the bowling of Amit Mishra before Lalit Yadav dismissed Krunal Pandya with an arm-ball.

Mishra returned to knock over Kieron Pollard, who failed to read the googly, leaving Mumbai Indians reeling at 6/84 after 12 overs- the first instance of MI losing six wickets inside 12 overs.

Ishan Kishan (26 off 28 balls) and Jayant Yadav (23 off 22 balls) stitched a valuable 39-run-stand but Amit Mishra (4/24 in 4 overs) once again proved to be the partnership-breaker as Kishan jammed a loopy ball on his stumps.

Kagiso Rabada (1/25 in 3 overs) and Avesh Khan (2/15 in 2 overs) dismissed Jayant Yadav and Rahul Chahar as Delhi Capitals eventually restricted Mumbai Indians to 9/137 in 20 overs.

 

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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