The Delhi Capitals held their nerve in a tense run chase to defeat Mumbai Indians. In yet another match of IPL 2021 in Chennai, a low total produced an exciting contest.
In the first half the Delhi Capitals bowlers especially the spinners produced an efficient bowling display. After a blitz from Rohit Sharma early on in the match, no other Mumbai Indians batsman could get going.
Delhi Capitals defeats Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021
Eventually, they managed to reach a total of 137 runs. All the damage in the middle overs was done by the seasoned Amit Mishra. The leggie took full advantage of the pitch and scalped 4 wickets and gave away just 24 runs.
In the run chase, DC always knew wickets in hand was going to be the key against the strong MI bowling. The duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith batted sensibly and took Delhi Capitals within reach of the target.
The DC batting did falter towards the end but Shimron Hetmyer took his side home. He remained unbeaten alongside Lalit Yadav and Delhi Capitals notched up their third win of the season.
Who Said What?
Meanwhile, here’s what the winning Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant and Mumbai Indians losing captain Rohit Sharma said in the post-match presentation.
” 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. [On his injury] It’s only a niggle. It should be fin”, said Rohit Sharma.
“When we started we were little under pressure. Mishy bhai got us into the game. Bowlers did a great job to restrict them to 136. We like to talk it into the ground, take one match at a time. He’s a great Indian player we’re trying to groom (Lalit Yadav). Can do wonders on pitches like these. What we’ve learnt is if you keep wickets in hand you can chase any target”, said Pant.
“Just tried to bowl good areas, just try to take wickets. Different bowlers have a different style. My style is to bowl in the air. Don’t want to change much. Sometimes the speed maybe. I try to understand the wicket and bowl like that”. They are winners for MI and so I always go for wickets against these guys initially”, said The MOM Amit Mishra.