A Tough Pill to Swallow for the Capitals Ahead of Qualifier 2

Qualifier 1 - MI vs DC in 50 Words

The Mumbai batsmen dominated the powerplay before our bowlers brought us back in the middle period. However, MI owned the death overs and all of the second innings. We suffered a 57-run defeat, but Stoinis and Ashwin’s performances are positives ahead of Qualifier 2.


Flamboyance in the powerplay, Carnage in the Death Overs

Shreyas Iyer called it right and opted to bowl first with an unchanged XI in the all-important Qualifier 1. Quinton de Kock started off by putting away three deliveries to the fence with pure cricketing shots. In the second over, Ravi Ashwin had Rohit’s number and trapped him in front of the stumps with one turning in to dismiss the Mumbai skipper for a golden duck.

The loss of the big fish early didn’t hold de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav back. The duo added four fours and two maximums to Mumbai’s tally of boundaries to keep the scoring rate above 10 and put up 63/1 at the end of the field restrictions.

Suryakumar wasn’t taking his foot off the pedal and was his aggressive self against both the spinners. Ashwin struck again in his third over and the eighth of the innings to get rid of a threatening Quinton de Kock for 40 off 25. A couple of quiet overs followed the wicket of de Kock and Suryakumar brought up his fifty off 36 balls. Nortje took full advantage of the pressure built from the quiet overs and had Yadav mistime a pull straight to fine leg.

Anrich followed the short one with an inch-perfect searing yorker to welcome Pollard to the crease. The big man’s stay wasn’t long as Ashwin accounted for him to take his third scalp courtesy of a fine diving catch at long on by Kagiso Rabada.

Our bowlers kept the scoring rate under check till the end of the 14th over, at which point MI’s score read 108/4. The two left-handers, Ishan Kishan in particular fought fire with fire, taking Rabada and Nortje for 32 runs in the next 12 balls.

The powerplay belonged to Mumbai, we owned the middle overs, but Mumbai counter-attacked in spectacular fashion to win the battle in the death overs. Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya put on a display of white-ball striking as clean as it comes. The least expensive over in the last three cost us 17 as MI scored 55 runs in that period.

The 92 runs scored after the end of the 14th completely changed the complexion of the game as Mumbai reached the magical mark of 200 in their quota of 20 overs. Chasing 201 was going to be a Herculean task if ever there was one.


Stoinis Shows Fight in Horror Chase

Once more, we faced a horror start to an innings. We lost Shaw for a second-ball duck and Rahane followed him three balls later for no score. After Boult started our chase with a double-wicket maiden, the in-form Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a duck too. This time, it was Jasprit Bumrah who hit the timber with a brilliant yorker. At 0/3 after 1.2 overs with your top three batsmen all back in the hut without a run on the board, the phrase ‘horror start’ was an understatement.

For a brief period, Iyer got a few good shots away in Stoinis’ company. However, he too perished as a drive that came right off the middle of his bat went straight into the hands of cover. Marcus Stoinis connected a couple of good blows to help us reach 32/4 at the end of the powerplay. Already dwindling hopes of DC fans seemed to vanish as Rishabh Pant mistimed a slog sweep to long on.

With half the side back in the dugout and the run rate climbing up, Stoinis was left with no choice but to take the attack to the bowlers. Rahul Chahar was identified as the target as he was taken for 19 off the ninth over and 16 off the thirteenth. In between those two overs, Marcus Stoinis went past his fifty and seemed like he was batting on a different pitch from the rest of the DC batsmen.

Axar Patel kept Stoinis good company and even chipped in with the big hits, taking Pollard for a couple of sixes. From an improbable situation, the duo of Stoinis and Axar had given DC fans a glimmer of hope with their 71-run stand.

Alas, Jasprit Bumrah extinguished that glimmer in an instant by disturbing the woodwork once more. Marcus Stoinis had to take the long walk back after a fighting knock of 65 from 46. Jasprit Bumrah ended up with match-winning figures of 4/14 and Axar Patel’s valiant cameo came to an end at 42 as the formalities were completed in the final few overs.

We suffered a pasting at the hands of the Mumbai Indians. But, we aren’t done yet. We live to fight another day.


Brief Scores

Mumbai Indians 200/5 in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 55 off 30, Suryakumar Yadav 51 off 38, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/29); Delhi Capitals 143/8 in 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 65 off 46, Axar Patel 42 off 33, Jasprit Bumrah 4/14, Trent Boult 2/9)

A Tough Pill to Swallow for the Capitals Ahead of Qualifier 2

Qualifier 1 - MI vs DC in 50 Words

The Mumbai batsmen dominated the powerplay before our bowlers brought us back in the middle period. However, MI owned the death overs and all of the second innings. We suffered a 57-run defeat, but Stoinis and Ashwin’s performances are positives ahead of Qualifier 2.


Flamboyance in the powerplay, Carnage in the Death Overs

Shreyas Iyer called it right and opted to bowl first with an unchanged XI in the all-important Qualifier 1. Quinton de Kock started off by putting away three deliveries to the fence with pure cricketing shots. In the second over, Ravi Ashwin had Rohit’s number and trapped him in front of the stumps with one turning in to dismiss the Mumbai skipper for a golden duck.

The loss of the big fish early didn’t hold de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav back. The duo added four fours and two maximums to Mumbai’s tally of boundaries to keep the scoring rate above 10 and put up 63/1 at the end of the field restrictions.

Suryakumar wasn’t taking his foot off the pedal and was his aggressive self against both the spinners. Ashwin struck again in his third over and the eighth of the innings to get rid of a threatening Quinton de Kock for 40 off 25. A couple of quiet overs followed the wicket of de Kock and Suryakumar brought up his fifty off 36 balls. Nortje took full advantage of the pressure built from the quiet overs and had Yadav mistime a pull straight to fine leg.

Anrich followed the short one with an inch-perfect searing yorker to welcome Pollard to the crease. The big man’s stay wasn’t long as Ashwin accounted for him to take his third scalp courtesy of a fine diving catch at long on by Kagiso Rabada.

Our bowlers kept the scoring rate under check till the end of the 14th over, at which point MI’s score read 108/4. The two left-handers, Ishan Kishan in particular fought fire with fire, taking Rabada and Nortje for 32 runs in the next 12 balls.

The powerplay belonged to Mumbai, we owned the middle overs, but Mumbai counter-attacked in spectacular fashion to win the battle in the death overs. Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya put on a display of white-ball striking as clean as it comes. The least expensive over in the last three cost us 17 as MI scored 55 runs in that period.

The 92 runs scored after the end of the 14th completely changed the complexion of the game as Mumbai reached the magical mark of 200 in their quota of 20 overs. Chasing 201 was going to be a Herculean task if ever there was one.


Stoinis Shows Fight in Horror Chase

Once more, we faced a horror start to an innings. We lost Shaw for a second-ball duck and Rahane followed him three balls later for no score. After Boult started our chase with a double-wicket maiden, the in-form Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a duck too. This time, it was Jasprit Bumrah who hit the timber with a brilliant yorker. At 0/3 after 1.2 overs with your top three batsmen all back in the hut without a run on the board, the phrase ‘horror start’ was an understatement.

For a brief period, Iyer got a few good shots away in Stoinis’ company. However, he too perished as a drive that came right off the middle of his bat went straight into the hands of cover. Marcus Stoinis connected a couple of good blows to help us reach 32/4 at the end of the powerplay. Already dwindling hopes of DC fans seemed to vanish as Rishabh Pant mistimed a slog sweep to long on.

With half the side back in the dugout and the run rate climbing up, Stoinis was left with no choice but to take the attack to the bowlers. Rahul Chahar was identified as the target as he was taken for 19 off the ninth over and 16 off the thirteenth. In between those two overs, Marcus Stoinis went past his fifty and seemed like he was batting on a different pitch from the rest of the DC batsmen.

Axar Patel kept Stoinis good company and even chipped in with the big hits, taking Pollard for a couple of sixes. From an improbable situation, the duo of Stoinis and Axar had given DC fans a glimmer of hope with their 71-run stand.

Alas, Jasprit Bumrah extinguished that glimmer in an instant by disturbing the woodwork once more. Marcus Stoinis had to take the long walk back after a fighting knock of 65 from 46. Jasprit Bumrah ended up with match-winning figures of 4/14 and Axar Patel’s valiant cameo came to an end at 42 as the formalities were completed in the final few overs.

We suffered a pasting at the hands of the Mumbai Indians. But, we aren’t done yet. We live to fight another day.


Brief Scores

Mumbai Indians 200/5 in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 55 off 30, Suryakumar Yadav 51 off 38, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/29); Delhi Capitals 143/8 in 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 65 off 46, Axar Patel 42 off 33, Jasprit Bumrah 4/14, Trent Boult 2/9)

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