Indian Premier League, 2019 |Match 34 |4/18/2019 Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Done with this one but we move on quickly to the next. On Friday, Bangalore go on the road as they lock horns against Kolkata at Eden Garden. The action will begin at 2000 local (1430 GMT). See you for that one. Goodbye!
Man of the Match, Hardik Pandya, says he's been feeling he's hitting the ball better than he ever has and that's all down to the hard work he's been putting in the nets. Mentions that he likes to keep the basics straight and take the ball on its merit. Feels that he's been using his brain a lot as he's assessing the conditions well enough and striking the ball cleanly as a result.
Mumbai captain, Rohit Sharma, says after the first two overs, he and de Kock thought 140 would be a good score. Adds that it was fortunate they had wickets in hand as the power hitters in the side could do what they do in the end. States that it was a clinical effort from both batsmen and bowlers. Informs that he knew the nature of the surface and hence thought if they won the toss, they would bat first. Mentions that Rahul Chahar has been working hard since the last season and they wanted to get him into the XI soon enough somehow. Continues to say that he (Chahar) couldn't play in the last campaign as Mayank Markande was already doing well for them, but is happy he could play this time around as he's a smart bowler and he executes his plans well. On Jayant Yadav, Rohit says it was a simple decision as Delhi have 3-4 left-handed batsmen. And on Ben Cutting, the Mumbai skipper felt that the all-rounder could be useful against the new ball, but unfortunately that didn't work out. Ends by saying that the team combination depends on the opposition and the conditions, and everyone in the dressing room is aware of that.
Quinton de Kock comes in for a little chat as well. He says that they assessed the wicket quite quickly and rotation of the strike was important. Mentions that they wanted to save wickets for the end. Reckons that he started to find his rhythm slowly as it was not a wicket on which you can play your shots right from the start. Further adds that the team is slowly getting into its own and they are learning after each and every game. Ends by saying that it was not easy to keep wickets on this surface.
Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer, says it is really important to win the home games, especially on the wickets they know. Mentions that the toss is important and they did not bowl well. Admits that they were outplayed and credits the way Mumbai bowled. He states that they did practiced how they should bowl in the nets, but could not execute it. Adds that they would have chased had they won the toss as they are confident chasing. Reckons that they gave away 20 runs more. Mentions that it was not easy to bat in the second innings as the pitch got worse. Ends by saying that the last three overs in the first innings were the game-changing overs.
Not a good night for the home team. The Delhi batsmen needed to apply themselves more. The pressure had double, owing to the slow conditions and in particular, the fact that they let plenty of runs leak in the final 5 overs. Dhawan and Shaw provided a fine start, but the rest to follow really disappointed. After the two openers, only Axar and Morris got into double figures, which should be enough to tell you what the problem was in the chase. The hosts would like to put this behind them quickly. Plenty to work on obviously, but it's surely a night to forget.
A comfortable victory in the end for Mumbai. A clinical bowling performance. They used the conditions on offer well and took full advantage of it. You could say, possibly, they won the game when the spin of the coin fell Rohit Sharma's way. They firstly put up fine score on the board, close to 170, courtesy a good start from Rohit and de Kock, and then a big finish from the Pandya brothers. And then, got the job done with the ball with Rahul Chahar leading the line with his 3-wicket haul. The rest played their part, and everyone barring Jayant Yadav contributed in the wickets column. A good all-round performance.
H Pandya to A Mishra, A single to finish the game! A short ball on middle, it is flat-batted down to long on by Mishra for a single. ALL SMILES IN THE MUMBAI CAMP AS THEY WIN BY 40 RUNS!
H Pandya to A Mishra, Length and outside off, this is carved over point. They run one and then go for the second. The fielder at third man fires a throw to the keeper who collects it and whips the bails off. An appeal follows and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show that the batter is in.
Ishant Sharma is the last man in.
H Pandya to K Rabada, OUT! Pollard makes no mistake this time. Hardik bowls it wide outside off. Rabada throws his bat at it. Hits it decently but does not get the distance. Pollard from long off runs to his right and takes it.
H Pandya to K Rabada, Slower ball and outside off, Rabada throws his bat at it but only manages an inside edge to the keeper.
H Pandya to K Rabada, SIX! Rabada nails this one! Short and on middle, Rabada goes for the pull, this time he connects and it is in the crowd in the mid-wicket stands. However, even 4 more of these won't make a difference.
H Pandya to K Rabada, Just over the stumps! Back of a length and it is the slower one. Rabada looks to pull but misses.
END OF OVER 19 | 10 Runs & 0 Wkt | DC 119/8
Hardik Pandya to bowl the last over of the game.
L Malinga to K Rabada, In the air... dropped! Pollard is the culprit. He dropped a similar one against Chennai. Rabada dances down the track and is foxed by the slower one. He hits it high up in the air towards mid on. Pollard runs in from long on, gets two hands to it but spills it. A run taken. 50 needed in the last over.
L Malinga to A Mishra, Slower one outside off, Mishra looks to put bat on ball but the ball goes off the outside edge and on the bounce to the keeper. De Kock fails to collect it cleanly and a run is taken.
L Malinga to A Mishra, Down the leg side, the batter again tries to flick but misses. Wided.
L Malinga to A Mishra, FOUR! LEG BYES! Full and down the leg side, the batsman looks to flick but the ball brushes the pads and races to the fine leg fence.
L Malinga to K Rabada, Full and outside off, this is driven through covers for a run.
L Malinga to A Mishra, The slower one on middle, Mishra works it through mid-wicket for a single.
L Malinga to K Rabada, On the shorter side, Rabada pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
END OF OVER 18 | 2 Runs & 1 Wkt | DC 109/8
J Bumrah to A Mishra, Full on off, it is driven to mid off.