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Pandya brothers help Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals by 40 runs

Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by 40 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, on Thursday. Mumbai who opted to bat first claimed 168 for five in their allotted 20 overs, with the help of Krunal Pandya’s unbeaten 37 runs. The home team ended their chase at 128-9 in their allotted 20 overs with Shikhar Dhawan having scored a highest knock of 35 runs.

The Pandya brother partnered a 54 run stand, Hardik Pandya scored 32 off 15 balls, while Krunal helped MI score 51 runs off the last 3 overs.

Mumbai was restricted by spinners Amit Mishra and Axar Patel who claimed a wicket each for 18 and 17 runs. On the slow surface, Mumbai’s Rohit Sharma hit boundary in the first three overs which yielded just 16 runs. Rohit got 8,000 T20 runs and contributed 35 in Mumbai’s innings.

Runs again started when Quinton de Kock was rotating the strike, 35 off 27, Mumbai reached a promising 57 for no loss. When spin came in, Delhi’s Mishra bowled Rohit to claim his 150th IPL wicket. Then when Patel was brought in, he removed Ben Cutting leaving Mumbai at 63 for two.

It became difficult for runs to come, Mumbai somehow reached 117 for four in 17 overs. Then when the Pandya brothers entered, both smashed Keemo Paul in the 18th leaking 17 runs. However, Hardik was picked up when he tried to clear the fields during Morris’s over.

While chasing Dhawan and Shaw smashed 48 runs in the powerplay overs, however after which Delhi soon lost  track. Shaw, Dhawan, Colin Munro and captain Shreyas Iyer all lost their wickets in quick succession, sliding to 63 for 4 after 10.2 overs. At that moment the required run rate jumped to 11 per over, none of the Capital’s middle order batsmen were able to challenge Mumbai’s bowling.

Mumbai eventually dismissed the Capitals for 128 for 9.