Delhi Capitals’ (DC) Amit Mishra (4/24) spun his web around the Mumbai Indians (MI) batsmen to confine them to sub-par 137 for 9 after the defending champions made up our minds to bat. Opener Shikhar Dhawan then top-scored with a 45 off 42 balls as DC held their nerves in the last overs to chase down the target with five balls to spare. It was once their first win over MI in final five meetings, having missing four times final season in UAE. Chasing 138 to win, DC missing opener Prithvi Shaw (7) early as he gave a return catch to Jayant Yadav (1/25). Dhawan, who started with a cut short for a boundary, was once joined by Steve Smith (33) as the two resurrected the innings by adding 53 runs for the second one wicket. The two kept the scoreboard ticking, while scoring the unusual boundaries as Delhi were 39 for one after six overs.
Smith, who hammered two fours off Krunal Pandya in the 9th over, was once the aggressor but a lapse in concentration saw him back in the hut as Kieron Pollard trapped him in the 10th over.
Dhawan hammered five fours and a six and Lalit Yadav (22 not out) kept Delhi in the hunt. With DC needing 48 runs from the final six overs, Dhawan smashed a six and four to cause up the 100 before perishing in the 15th over with Krunal Pandya taking a diving catch in the deep.
Skipper Rishabh Pant (7) also fell cheaply with DC still needing 23 runs. Yadav and West Indian Shimron Hetmyer (14 not out) then held their nerves to took the side home. Hetmyer cut Kieron Pollard on the first ball of the last over to receive his team on a cusp of a win and the game ended when the bowler overstepped next.
Earlier, MI suffered a middle-order collapse on a sluggish Chepauk track after they were 67 for 2 at one stage as DC led by Mishra made a spectacular comeback.
Opting to bat, MI missing opener Quinton De Kock (1) early, who edged a Marcus Stoinis (1/20) delivery to Pant in the third over.
Suryakumar Yadav (24) then joined Rohit Sharma (44), who got his first boundary – an elegant drive, which raced to deep additional cover fence in the third over. The duo rallied the innings with their 58-run stand. Rohit took on ace off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin (0/30) in the 4th over which fetched 15 runs.
The MI skipper hammered a boundary and a maximum – a loft over additional cover, while Suryakumar also got one boundary, courtesy an out of doors edge. Rohit then hit Kagiso Rabada (1/25) for a six over long-off.
Suryakumar then hit successive fours off Mishra as MI raced to 55 for one after six overs. Then again, DC pegged back the defending champions by grabbing three quick wickets.
First Avesh Khan (2/15) dismissed Surya, who nicked one to Pant and then Mishra removed Rohit and Hardik Pandya (0) in the 9th over as MI slipped to 77 for 4. Both Rohit and Hardik holed out at long on.
MI then missing half its side for 81 as Krunal Pandya (1) chopped an under-cutting arm ball by Lalit Yadav (1/17) onto his stumps.
Mishra then used his googly to trap Kieron Pollard (2) in front of the wicket, as MI was once teetering at 84 for six.
In any case, a responsible 26 from Ishan Kishan, who became Mishra’s fourth wicket, coupled with Jayant Yadav’s 23 took the side beyond the 125-run mark.
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