Batting fails as Delhi succumbs to 40-run defeat to Mumbai Indians

Feroz Shah Kotla has been not been a happy hunting ground for Delhi Capitals in this year’s competition. The side suffered another defeat in their home fixture on a sluggish track against Mumbai Indians in the 34th game of Indian Premier League.

Mumbai Indian managed to post 168 for 5 in 20 overs, courtesy good performances from Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock and Hardik Pandya. In reply, Delhi Capitals failed to get going in their innings on a sluggish pitch and fell 40 runs short of the target.

Chasing 169 runs to win, Delhi got off to a brisk start as Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan added 49 runs in a space of six overs. Things looked different once the spinners came into the attack as Delhi started to lose the momentum in their innings.

Shikhar Dhawan played well and scored 35 off 22 balls with the help of five fours and a six. He was dismissed Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar to see Delhi lose their first wicket. Shaw struggled against Chahar and perished for 20 runs in the eight overs of the innings.

Colin Munro, Captain Shreyas Iyer and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant fell in quick succession to see Delhi in all sort of trouble at 76 for 5. Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya picked up crucial wickets for Mumbai in the middle overs of the innings.

Axar Patel and Chris Morris showed resistance and added 41-run partnership to keep the scoreboard ticking for Delhi Capitals. The duo helped Delhi cross the 100-run mark. Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga came into the attack and immediately dismissed Morris to see Delhi lose their sixth wicket with 107 runs on the board.All-rounder Hardik Pandya dismissed Kagiso Rabada for 9 to see Delhi lose the game by 40 runs.

For Mumbai, Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar was the pick of the bowlers and picked up three wickets in the game. Hardik Pandya and Jaspreet Bumrah also bowled well and picked up crucial wickets for Mumbai Indians.

Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar delivered scintillating performances to help Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals in a game played at Feroz Shah Kotla.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bat first. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock got the side off to an excellent start. The duo put on a 57-run partnership for the opening wicket.

Sharma looked in splendid form and scored 30 off 22 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra dismissed to see Mumbai lose their first wicket in the seventh over of the innings.

Ben Cutting and Quinton de Kock perished in quick succession to see Mumbai slump to 74 for 3 after 10 overs. Suryakumar added 30 runs with Krunal Pandya to see Mumbai cross 100-run mark. He was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada to see Mumbai lose their fourth wicket with 107 runs on the board.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya came to the crease and produced a 54-run partnership with Krunal Pandya to see Mumbai add crucial runs in the later stage of the game.

Hardik scored a brisk 15-ball 32 runs with the help of two fours and three sixes. He was well supported by his brother Krunal Pandya, who chipped in with unbeaten 37 run off 26 balls to help Mumbai post 168 for 5 in 20 overs.

For Delhi, the spin duo of Amit Mishra and Axar Patel bowled well and picked two wickets between them. Ishant Sharma also bowled well and conceded only 17 runs from his three-overs.

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