IPL 2019, DC vs MI: Delhi Capitals capitulate to 40-run loss against Mumbai Indians

The biggest nemesis of Delhi Capitals this season is proving to be their own home ground of the Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi as they succumbed to their third loss at home in four matches, this time to Mumbai Indians, who snapped Delhi’s three-match winning streak on a sluggish track in Match 34 of IPL 2019 on Thursday with a 40-run win, to claim their sixth win.

Chasing a total of 169, a formidable one at the Kotla, Delhi were off to a brisk start, but once the ball got old and started to grip the pitch, the free-flowing Delhi batsmen struggled and fell like a pack of cards.

While the Mumbai bowlers enjoyed a good day out, it was the 50-run stand off just 26 balls between the Pandya brothers – Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya – that eventually proved to the big difference-maker.

After opting to bat first, Mumbai were off to a good start with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock adding 57 runs in the powerplay overs, but they soon slumped to 73/3 in 10 and then stuttered to 110/4 by the 16th over. But the Pandyas, more so Hardik, dug in to Delhi’s pacers en route to an power-packed 32 off just 15 balls. Senior Pandya played a crucial knock of 37 not out off 26 balls to take Mumbai to 168/5. SCORECARD: DC vs MI 

Amit Mishra and Axar Patel were the pick of the bowlers for Delhi with Mishra claiming his 150 IPL wicket in the form of Rohit, to finish with 1/18 in his three overs, while Patel was economical at 1/17 from four.HIGHLIGHTS:  DC vs MI

In chase, Delhi had a hurried start with Shikhar Dhawan visibly trying to get the maximum out of the new ball. He made 35 off 22 balls, while Prithvi Shaw looked good till the time the ball came on to the bat nicely. POINTS TALLY

Dhawan and Shaw added 49 in 6.3 overs, but Dhawan’s departure – to leg spinner Rahul Chahar – went on to stifle Delhi. Shaw struggled with spin on offer and become Chahar’s second victim of the night for 20 off 24 balls.

Krunal got in to the act removing Colin Munro for 3 and Chahar added his third with a classical leg spinner dismissal to remove Delhi  skipper Shreyas Iyer for 3. Jasprit Bumrah then made the telling blow by castling Rishabh Pant for 7.

From 49/1 in 6.3, Delhi capitulated 76/5 in 13.5 – that’s five wickets for just 27 runs in 45 balls. Chris Morris and Axar then took Delhi past the 100-run mark before Lasith Malinga got rid of Morris for 11 and Bumrah added his second, cleaning up Patel for 26 off 23 balls. Delhi finished with 128/9

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 168/5 (Krunal Pandya 37*, Quinton de Kock 35; Kagiso Rabada 2/38) beat Delhi Capitals 128/9 (Shikhar Dhawan 35, Axar Patel 26; Rahul Chahar 3/19) by 40 runs