Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals: Delhi Capitals (DC) ended their losing streak against the Mumbai Indians (MI) with a 6 wicket win at Chepauk. This team with an all round performance could restrict the MI team to 137/9, before Shikhar Dhawan anchored yet another chase.
This track was not an easy one to bat on, but Dhawan’s run-partnership of 53 with Steve Smith laid the foundation for the required chase.
Since the start of this IPL, Amit Mishra had played only 4 games in the tournament before he took the field for the DC team against MI. He did not complete his 4 over’s quota and had picked up 3 wickets overall at 33.00 and gave up runs at 7.62 per over. This was neither too bad nor too good.
Given the bowling resources of the DC team, this ‘not too good’ would not suffice. They had Kagiso Rabada , one of the best worldwide for more than a decade. R.Ashwin has bowled exceptionally well in T20. Axar Patel was another bowler considered ‘good’.
Patel laid low during this IPL2021 and this offered the much needed opportunity to Mishra. He yielded 16 runs in the first 8 balls, along with 3 fours. Mishra had to plan on a ‘come-back’. He managed to find control. As compared to the first 8 balls yielding 16 runs, the next 16 balls gave only 8 runs, and also netted 4 wickets. These were the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan.
Each of the wickets by Mishra affected the shape of the match. The Smart Wicket Tally of Mishra was 5.59. This was a tally that was much higher than the wickets taken and this reflected the strike’s importance.
With Sharma being dismissed, there was an indication that the ball was following Mishra’s orders. Sharma had proved many times that he could shred the oppositions even on turners considered ‘big’.
Rohit starts with a Bang
Both the teams had loaded up on spin keeping due to the conditions. The DC sprang a surprise as they opened the bowling with Marcus Stoinis and Ashwin. This succeeded initially. But in the second over of Ashwin, with Quinton de Kock already down, Sharma took flight. There was a four and also a six. Suryakumar Yadav managed to match Sharma with every shot, but finally got caught for a 15-ball 24.
Mishra Broke the Game Open
Sharma showed his true colors when he managed to get Sharma out, followed by Pandya. This got the MI team from strong to uncertain.
Mishra had yet to prove. In his 3rd over, he managed to pitch a googly with the perfect length for the back-foot play of Pollard. He got this to turn sharply. The MI team landed at 84 for 6 in 12 over’s. They were struggling to survive the total innings.
The MI team found the dew a hindrance to their game. All that the DC team had to do was knock the ball around.