IPL 2019, DC vs MI: Hardik, Krunal power Mumbai Indians to 168/5 vs Delhi Capitals

The Pandya brothers – Hardik (32) and Krunal (37*) – powered Mumbai Indians to 168/5, after a disciplined Delhi Capitals bowling attack had Mumbai in strife in the middle overs in Match 34 of the IPL 2019 at the Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi on Thursday.

After opting to bat first, Rohit Sharma looked happy get the first dig at the traditionally sluggish Kotla track and he got Mumbai off to a good start.

The powerplay overs yielded 57 runs for Mumbai with Rohit scoring 30 off 21 balls and Quinton de Kock adding 25 off just 16. But, Rohit was undone by an Amit Mishra leg break and was castled in the seventh over. That wicket gave Mishra his 150th IPL wicket, making him the first Indian bowler to achieve the landmark and second overall after Mumbai’s Lasith Malinga.

Delhi then took control as Mumbai slumped from 57/0 in 6 to 75/3 in 10. Axar Patel got rid of Ben Cutting (2), promoted up the order and playing in place of a sick Ishan Kishan, while de Kock, looking in sublime touch fell to a miscommunication in the middle with Suryakumar Yadav – run out for 35 off 26 balls. FOLLOW SCORE: DC vs MI 

Mishra and Patel then stifled Mumbai’s run-rate. Yadav and Pandya rebuild the innings, before Yadav fell to Rabada, caught by Rishabh Pant, for 26 off 27 balls. FOLLOW BLOG: DC vs MI

By the 16th over, Mumbai were 110/4, but the Pandya brothers pushed the total to a formidable one taking 58 runs in the last six overs. Hardik dug in to Keemo Paul’s third over – 18th of the match – for a six and four, as 17 runs came off it. The 19th, bowled by Chris Morris, was taken for a six and four. Hardik was undone by Rabada in the final over after being hit for a six. The partnership for fifth wicket was worth 54 runs off 26 balls.

For Delhi, Patel finished with 1/17 in his four while Mishra gave away 1/18 in his three. Rabada’s final over went for 18 runs, but still managed figures of 4-0-038-2.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 168/5 (Krunal Pandya 37*, Quinton de Kock 35; Kagiso Rabada 2/38) vs Delhi Capitals