Mumbai Indians won the first Qualifier against Delhi Capitals with ease and booked a place in the IPL Final yet again. Delhi Capitals fell second in all aspects of the game and rarely looked in contention during the course of the match. Qualifier 2 will offer DC yet another chance to make it to the finals.
PERFORMERS OF THE DAY
MUMBAI INDIANS Bat: Ishan Kishan 55(30) Hardik Pandya 37(14) Bowl: Trent Boult 2-1-9-2 Jasprit Bumrah 4-1-14-4
DELHI CAPITALS Bat: Marcus Stoinis 65(46) Axar Patel 42(33) Bowl: R Ashwin 4-0-29-3 Marcus Stoinis 1-0-5-1
PLAYER OF THE MATCH : Jasprit Bumrah
AS IT HAPPENED
DC won the toss and chose to bowl first. They played the same team as in their last game whereas MI had three changes. All their rested players namely Bumrah, Boult and Hardik came back into the eleven.
After a rare collapse in the last game, MI top order came back in style tonight against DC. Though Rohit departed on a duck, De Kock and Surya ensured that MI scored quickly with the field restrictions on. MI were 63-1 after the powerplay.
Ashwin Pulls Back Things MI got off to a flyer, courtesy De Kock and SKY but Ashwin put the brakes when he dismissed De Kock and Pollard after already dismissing Rohit on a duck. From 71-1 in 7 overs to 108-4 after 14 overs, MI’s innings went downhill after Ashwin’s exploits.
Hardik And Kishan Prove Too Good
DC seemed to be doing well in restricting MI to what seemed to be a total of below 170. But Hardik and Kishan had other plans, in particular Hardik. They smacked the ball left, right and centre which saw MI made 92 in the last 6 overs. MI finished on 200-5.
Bumrah And Boult Dismantle DC’s Top Order
Bumrah and Boult were coming back into this game after getting rested in the last game. And the rest seemed to work well for them. In tandem, they dismissed all the three top order batsmen of DC -Dhawan, Shaw and Rahane on ducks. DC were 0-3. Later Bumrah got Iyer too and DC struggled throughout the powerplay. They finished the 6 overs on 32-4.Mumbai Indians won the first Qualifier .
Stoinis And Axar Save DC From Embarrassing Loss
After being 32-4 in a chase of 200, the only thing the batting team can hope for is to at least reduce the margin of the loss. Stoinis and Axar stitched together a partnership but the required run rate just kept getting further away. DC never looked like in the chase, especially when Bumrah came back in his second spell to claim Stoinis’ priced wicket. MI won comfortably by 57runs.
Bumrah now has the purple cap with 27 wickets under his belt, two more than Rabada at the second position.