Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals 5 wickets in Abu Dhabi to go to the top of the points table in match 27 of IPL 2020. Mumbai and Delhi are both at 10 points, however, Mumbai are topping the table courtesy a better net run-rate. This was the fourth instance of a team chasing winning the match at this venue. This was Mumbai’s 13th win over Delhi in IPL history.
Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to bat. On the back of Shikhar Dhawan’ 52-ball 69 Delhi scored 164 for 2 in their 20 overs. Prithvi Shaw (4) was dismissed early once again in the tournament. Ajinkya Rahane, who was playing his first game in the IPL for Delhi scored run-a-ball 15 before he was trapped by Krunal Pandya.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer (42) then stitched a crucial 85-run stand before getting dismissed in the 15th over of the innings. Marcus Stoinis scored 13 off 8 balls as Delhi finished on 162/4. Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer after the match admitted that they were at least 10 to 15 short of where they wanted to be after their batting effort.
Mumbai Indians Beat Delhi Capitals by 5 Wickets
Mumbai’s chase was set up by Quinton De Kock (53), who scored his second fifty in this IPL season. After Rohit Sharma’s early dismissal, he found a partner in Suryakumar Yadav (53) as the duo added a 46-run stand. After De Kock’s departure, Ishan Kishan played a little cameo (28 off 15 balls) which triggered the Mumbai chase. In the end, the experienced duo of Kieron Pollard (11) and Krunal Pandya (12) saw Mumbai Indians through in the final over of the match.
Kagiso Rabada took two wickets for Delhi as he continues his good wicket-taking form. It has been 20 matches in the IPL that Rabada has at least taken one wicket or more. The spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel shared just two wickets between themselves giving away 54 runs in seven overs.
What Was the Turning Point in The Game?
The inability of the Delhi spinners to penetrate through the Mumbai middle-order proved to be the turning point in the Mumbai Indians vs DC contest. The two spinners went for 54 runs of seven overs taking just two wickets between themselves. Also at no point in the game did Mumbai were too backward in the game in terms of the required run-rate.
De Kock (53) was chosen as the Man of the Match for scoring his second fifty of the season. His innings laid the platform for a rather comfortable chase for Mumbai at the end.
“I’ve been batting well in the nets, and it was just a matter of doing well in the game. I knew eventually I would get a score, just had to capitalize on the opportunity” said de Kock after his match winning contribution.