IPL 2021: MI vs DC Review – Delhi spin out Mumbai to claim a comfortable victory

Delhi Capitals achieved their first win in Chennai since 2010 as they beat Mumbai Indians by six wickets at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Tuesday. On a wicket that was slightly on the slower side, Delhi Capitals did almost everything right with the ball and later on, there was a genuine effort to try and break the Chennai jinx, of them losing and teams chasing in Chennai in this tournament.

Mumbai won the toss and opted to bat first. Captain Rohit Sharma played a brilliant hand of 44 runs from 30 balls at the top of the order to help Mumbai maximize when the batting conditions were better. Other than him, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Jayant Yadav made 20s to help Mumbai’s total reach 137 for 9.

Delhi’s bowlers were pretty good and they adjusted well coming from Mumbai to Chennai. Avesh Khan picked up two while Amit Mishra got four scalps to derail Mumbai’s innings. Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada got one wicket and bowled tightly. Delhi didn’t get off to the best of starts. Prithvi Shaw got out for seven runs. But Shikhar Dhawan kept them in the match properly while managing to control the run chase.

He scored 45 runs, while Steve Smith chipped in with 33 runs. Lalit scored 22 while he and Shimron Hetymer guided the nervous chase and Delhi got home. The Capitals might feel relieved that they have started their Chennai leg with a win.

Turning points:

Amit Mishra’s spell: When he came to bowl the ninth over, MI were in control. He backed his strengths and got rid of Rohit and Hardik Pandya in the same over. A few overs later he picked up Kieron Pollard’s wicket and later Ishan Kishan’s. This derailed Mumbai innings and helped Delhi put pressure on Mumbai.

Dhawan’s knock: On a slowish surface, Dhawan calculated his innings and timed it well. He played a very good knock of 45 runs in difficult conditions. The more time he spent on the crease, the more the match started favouring the Delhi team. By the time he was dismissed he had set the game up for Delhi to finish.

Personal records/Achievements:

  • Rohit Sharma got dismissed by Amit Mishra 7th time, the most he has got out to a bowler in IPL.
  • Amit Mishra has now the second most four-wicket hauls in the IPL with five, only behind Sunil Narine and Lasith Malinga, who have seven each.
  • Amit Mishra’s 4 for 24 is the best figures for any DC bowler against MI

Way Ahead:

Mumbai Indians will now face Punjab Kings on April 23 in Chennai while Delhi Capitals will play at the same venue on April 25 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.