In the 51st match of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by nine wickets in the first doubleheader on Saturday. Mumbai Indians, which had already qualified for the playoffs, consolidated their position with 18 points (13 matches) at the top of the table with this victory.
Mumbai’s place is confirmed in the top two teams, which will give them an extra chance to qualify for the finals. Delhi Capitals is third after this match with 14 points from 13 matches.
Delhi Capitals, batting first after losing the toss, could only score 110 runs for nine wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
Chasing 111, Mumbai achieved the target with ease in just 14.2 overs at the loss of one wicket. Mumbai Indians’ opener batsman Ishaan Kishan, who led the team to victory by hitting a six off Anrich Nortje, played an unbeaten 72 off 47 balls. Pravin Dubey, who replaced the injured Amit Mishra in the Delhi team, lambasted Ishaan for his IPL debut, but after taking a review the third umpire overturned the on-field umpire’s decision. Kishan bowled two successive fours in the second over of this bowler while hitting a six in the third over.
Quinton de Kock (26 runs), on the other side, played well and shared a 68-run partnership with Ishaan Kishan for the first wicket and directed their side towards another victory.
De Kock departed in the 11th over; however, the defending champions were in the driver’s seat by then.
Winning Skipper, Kieron Pollard’s Reaction:
“It’s 16 (wins for me as captain) off 17 (matches). I bowled Krunal and Jayant in the powerplay because I thought there was some hold in the surface and I thought the grip would aid the seamers. Bumrah, I kept delaying him, and in this kind of track, it was more useful to bowl him in the middle. He kept looking at me and wanted to bowl in the powerplay. We wanted to bowl spinners in the powerplay with some grip on offer. Ishan has gotten better in every game, and once he gets going, he’s hard to get rid of. He didn’t even start, Ishan, in the playing XI, came to No. 4 and then came out to open and just blew us away. Rohit is getting better and hopefully, he’ll be back soon. We need to play another couple of good games and get to the final. This isn’t supposed to be our year (even number), but it’s been working for us so far.”
Losing Skipper, Shreyas Iyer’s Reaction:
“Obviously, we fell short of reading the wicket. We weren’t up to the mark right from the start and those wickets in the Powerplay took down the momentum from us. It was important for a few us to come and build a few partnerships but it happened in bits and pieces. There are lots of flaws to be pointed out to, but we gotta believe in ourselves and be strong-headed, also be positive. You can’t anticipate how it’s (the pitch) going to play right from the start. Openers being there, it was important to get a good start, once you get the momentum, you can build on later. I feel 150 or 160 was a good total on such wickets. We’ll have to think about it (changes to the line-up) and be fearless in our approach. We’ll keep things simple and will not try to think much. It’s going to do or die for both teams (about the next game) depending on how RCB play tonight.”
Player of the Match, Ishan Kishan’s Reaction:
“It was not as easy as it looked. The ball wasn’t coming on so I had to keep rotating the strike and then take them apart later. It all depends on the practice sessions, and how you train I wanted to keep my shape and hit sixes. My mom must get the credit for the food she gives me, that makes me so powerful, and sometimes even I’m surprised how my sixes carry such a long way. My coaches told me that playing shots on the off-side is important, and that wasn’t my strength initially, and I knew, even Rahul sir told me that I need to work on my off-side shots so I’ve been working on that this season and thankfully it’s showing in the match situation now. I enjoy batting everywhere, wherever the management wants me to bat. At this level, you have to be able to adapt.”