Delhi Capitals lost the plot to go down against defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Shreyas Iyer & Co failed to defend 162 runs set by them batting first as Mumbai sail past the target with five wickets in hand.
Mumbai Indians were right in the chase from the start. Although Delhi Capitals removed Rohit Sharma early, Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav ensured they set the records set. Both scored individual half-centuries but departed soon; however, by then, Mumbai Indians had brought the required run-rate under control.
Mumbai Indians dump Delhi Capitals to go on top
Shreyas Iyer looked completely out of socks as Delhi Capitals looked a bit unsettled in the field. Although removed Ishan Kishan in the backend but Keiron Pollard and Krunal Pandya held nerves to see it through.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Capitals failed to shift gears as the match progressed which resulted ina a moderate total. Prithvi Shaw went early and Ajinkya Rahane, who played his first game in IPL 2020 looked good before he was trapped by Krunal Pandya.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer joined Shikhar Dhawan and the pair added 85 runs for the third wicket. The platform was laid and Marcus Stoinis also came out with intent but his run out in the 17th over did not help Delhi Capitals. Only 35 runs came in the last four overs thanks to some superb execution from Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult which changed the game in Mumbai Indians favour.
There were midfield and dropped catches – Shreyas Iyer
Speaking at the end of the game, Shreyas Iyer stated that they were 10-15 runs short. He also added that Marcus Stoinis’ wicket leading to the death overs made the difference for the team.
“Definitely, I would say 10-15 short, 170-175 on the board would have looked completely different. We really missed out when Stoinis got out, he was hitting the ball really well and also seeing the ball like a football, that was the main error that we did and something that we really need to work on,” Shreyas Iyer said.
Furthermore, Shreyas Iyer rued mis-fielding and dropped catches behind their defeat against Mumbai Indians while saying that Rohit Sharma & Co completely outplayed them. He also vouched to work on the mindset before their next tie.
“Apart from that the effort we put on the field, we could definitely work on that as there were a few misfields and dropped catches as well. Overall they outplayed us in all the departments. We need to work on our mindsets before the next game,” Shreyas Iyer added.