Man of the Match: Delhi Capitals spinner played a crucial role in restricting Mumbai Indians to 137/9 in 20 overs tonight.
During the 13th match of the ongoing 14th season of the Indian Premier League between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians in Chennai, Delhi Capitals beat Mumbai Indians by 6 wicket to end their losing streak against the defending champions.
Chasing a 138-run target, Capitals gave the impression of being vary of how Indians have thrived in such low-scoring thrillers earlier this season. Playing their first match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Delhi batsmen didn’t take unnecessary risks knowing the same could’ve hampered their chances of winning the match against a tried and tested bowling attack.
As a result, batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (45) and Steven Smith (33) built a 53-run stand for the second wicket to lay a foundation for the middle-order. Having included an additional overseas batsman in Shimron Hetmyer, it was the same player who scored 14* (9) including two fours to score the winning runs in the last over.
With Dhawan and Delhi captain Rishabh Pant (7) falling in quick succession in the business end, Indians were started to firm their grip on the match but Lalit Yadav’s (22*) composure held an end firmly for Capitals.
Man of the Match in DC vs MI IPL 2021 match
Earlier, it was Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma who had won the toss and chose to bat. Having scored 44 (30) with the help of three fours and sixes each, Sharma top-scored for his team but didn’t find enough assistance from the other batsmen.
माचिस तो यूँही बदनाम है,आग तो मिश्रा जी ने लगा रखी है। #amitmishra
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 20, 2021
Included for this match in place of a fast bowler, veteran spinner Amit Mishra justified his selection by picking bowling figures of 4-0-24-4. Mishra, who had dismissed the likes of Sharma, Hardik Pandya (0), Kieron Pollard (2) and Ishan Kishan (26), ran through the opposition’s middle-order to win the ‘Man of the Match’ award tonight.
“Just tried to bowl good areas. Just try to take wickets. Different bowlers have different style. My style is to bowl in the air. Don’t want to change much. Sometimes the speed, maybe,” Mishra told Star Sports during the post-match presentation ceremony.