Indian Premier League, 2021 |Match 46 |10/2/2021 Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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For his outstanding bowling, Axar Patel has been given the Man of the Match award. He picked up the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary, and Mumbai never recovered after those blows.
It was not the easiest of pitches for Mumbai and their batting struggled to come to terms with the slow nature of the surface. Credit should be given to Delhi's outstanding bowling here. They utilized the conditions to their advantage and the variations from their bowlers were too clever to handle. Once again Avesh Khan was impressive with his 3-wicket haul but it was Axar Patel who picked three wickets at the top to break the back of Mumbai's batting.
Sharjah dished out yet another engrossing game. 129 was never going to be enough but Mumbai tried their best. They picked three wickets in the Powerplay but Delhi managed to keep the scoring rate on the track. The plan from Delhi was to keep playing attacking shots and bring down the required rate. Rishabh Pant got out trying to do that and Delhi were in a spot of bother at one stage. However, Shreyas Iyer's presence made sure that they were never behind the 8-ball. He batted as per the demands of the chase and didn't attempt anything rash. Eventually, he got an able partner in Ravichandran Ashwin and together, they stitched in a match-winning stand of 39 runs.
A hard-fought win for Delhi and they have achieved their 9th victory of the season. Delhi have also completed a league double over the defending champions and continue to impress. For Mumbai, they have failed to break the 10-point deadlock and stay 6th on the table. It's going to be tough for them from here on.
Krunal Pandya to Ravichandran Ashwin, SIX! WOW! What a way to win the game for your side. Ashwin does not want to waste time taking singles, he just smacks one out of the park and wins the game. Fuller, tossed up, around middle and off, Ravichandran Ashwin gets low, mows a cracking slog-sweep and thwacks it flat and over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. DELHI WIN BY 4 WICKETS!
END OF OVER 19 | 7 Runs & 0 Wkt | DC 126/6
Team meeting for Mumbai. Who will bowl the final over? Kieron Pollard or Krunal Pandya? Rohit has decided to go with the spinner.
Trent Boult to Ravichandran Ashwin, Around middle and off, on a length, Ashwin lofts this one over covers, where the mid off fielder runs to his left and stops the ball. One taken. 4 more needed from 6 balls.
Trent Boult to Shreyas Iyer, Fullish, on the pads, whipped to deep square leg for one.
Trent Boult to Shreyas Iyer, OVERTHROWS! From the skipper, Rohit Sharma too. Not what Mumbai needed. A direct hit would have sent Ashwin back but instead, it has cost Mumbai a few runs. Around middle and leg, slower in pace and it has some extra bounce, Iyer is taken by surprise and chips this one towards covers where Rohit collects it on the bounce. He has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. There is no one backing up and the batters are able to pick up a couple.
Trent Boult to Ravichandran Ashwin, A low full toss around off, Ashwin works this to the left of Hardik at mid-wicket, who half-stops this. One run.
Trent Boult to Ravichandran Ashwin, Sliced away! Fuller in length and around off, Ravichandran Ashwin gives the charge and goes hard at it. Ends up slicing it behind backward point. Saurabh Tiwary runs across to his right from third man and boots it out at the last moment. The batters take two and Saurabh seems to have hurt himself.
Trent Boult to Ravichandran Ashwin, Short ball on middle, Ashwin pulls it to mid-wicket where Hardik Pandya makes a very good stop to his left.
END OF OVER 18 | 8 Runs & 0 Wkt | DC 119/6
Jasprit Bumrah to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! Is that the game for Delhi? Full on off, Iyer shuffles across and then heaves it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary. 11 needed in 2 overs now.
Trent Boult to bowl the penultimate over. Can he ensure that this game sees a final over?
Jasprit Bumrah to Ravichandran Ashwin, Low full toss on middle and leg, Ashwin eases it down to long on and crosses ends.
Jasprit Bumrah to Shreyas Iyer, Fuller and around off, Shreyas gets across and knocks it down to long on for one. Kind of boring but that's all Delhi need to do, pick singles.
Jasprit Bumrah to Ravichandran Ashwin, On a length outside off, Ashwin slaps it to deep cover for a single.
Jasprit Bumrah to Shreyas Iyer, Good-length ball outside off, Iyer guides it to third man for a single.
Jasprit Bumrah to Shreyas Iyer, That kept low! Good-length ball on off, at 135.2 kph, Iyer defends it out back to the bowler.
END OF OVER 17 | 6 Runs & 0 Wkt | DC 111/6
Jasprit Bumrah returns again. 3-0-21-1 so far. Make or break time for Mumbai. They need wickets.
Nathan Coulter-Nile to Ravichandran Ashwin, Good-length ball outside off, Ashwin looks to cut but misses. Two dots to end the over.