MI vs DC: MI’s playoff hunt more challenging

MI vs DC: Shreyas Iyer playing the scoop

MI vs DC: A hard-fought win for DC. This was their ninth victory of the season and a league double over the defending champions MI.

Avesh Khan terrified the Mumbai Indians batting with a momentum-breaking spell of three wickets and only giving 15 runs. Setting up the MI skipper Rohit Sharma with a short ball outside off, While a toe-crushing yorker went between the legs of Hardik Pandya.

MI vs DC: R Ashwin in action while batting against MI.
R Ashwin in action while batting against MI.

The pitch never looked good for batting as MI batting struggled in the first innings to get going. The only player to play positively was the out-of-form Suryakumar Yadav, whose contribution was vital for the team.

Middle overs went boring from Mumbai’s point of view as Axar Patel held the batter nicely and delivering big blows occasionally. Quinton de Kock, Inform Saurabh Tiwari, and Suryakumar Yadav were his prey today.

With the last push from Jayant Yadav, Mumbai Indians delivered 130 runs and a fighting opportunity for themselves in a pitch that was slowing with the play.

Chasing the total Delhi Capitals found themselves in a similar condition. Losing Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith inside 50 runs.

Changing five bowlers in the first five overs, Rohit Sharma’s captaincy was proving a nightmare for the Delhi side. Krunal Pandya struck in his first over and a high-quality fielding effort from West Indian ODI captain Kieron Pollard gave MI hope to defend.

The partnership between the DC skipper Rishabh Pant and former skipper Shreyas Iyer gave Delhi the cushion to chase down the target.

MI vs DC: Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant with the toss.
Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant with the toss.

However, MI are always dangerous when it’s do or die, they kept their patience and were rewarded with some wickets of Pant and Axar Patel.

Delhi using the momentum of Hetmyer’s lightning cameo and the experience of Ravichandran Ashwin, won the match with a six on the very first ball of the last over. Ashwin was the hero and that is the reason he is in the upcoming world cup squad for India.

Axar Patel earns the man of the match for his fantastic performance.

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MI’s chances after MI vs DC clash.

MI are tied with KKR and PBKS at 10 points but with a negative NRR which gives them a disadvantage. KKR is having the upper hand with a better NRR.

MI will now face RR and SRH which are winnable for them. Meanwhile, their competitors will be facing RCB and CSK for PBKS and SRH and RR for KKR. In the match-up section too, KKR has the same matchups as MI.

It will be a tough call. On the other hand, DC are tied with CSK in points but Dhoni and the team have a game in hand.

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