Shreyas, Ashwin Hold Nerve as Delhi Capitals Do the Double Over Mumbai Indians

MI vs DC in 50 Words

Axar brought his A-game to Sharjah and registered a top-drawer 3-fer. Avesh (3/15) continued his magnificent form in the powerplay and at the death. A modest 129/8 proved to be a fighting total, but an unfazed Shreyas kept his nerve and took DC to victory in Ashwin’s company.


Welcome to the Axar and Avesh Show

A playful Rishabh Pant at the toss called it right and chose to bowl first. It was a pleasant surprise for Pant and DC fans as he wasn’t used to winning tosses this season.

 
 
 
 
 
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The very first ball was flicked away beautifully for four by Rohit Sharma, but that was hardly an accurate representation of how a difficult Sharjah pitch would play out for the rest of the game. Avesh Khan is in the form of his life and he struck in his first over for the third match in a row to dismiss the opposition skipper Rohit Sharma with a fast and accurate short ball.

 
 
 
 
 
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Suryakumar and de Kock connected a couple of maximums, but the DC attack restricted MI to a powerplay score of 35/1, under 6 for the over. Soon after the field restrictions were lifted, Axar Patel foxed de Kock with a well-tossed up and wide delivery that he edged to short-third.

Suryakumar managed to find the ropes on a couple of occasions and also scored another six, but he was dismissed by the man of the hour Axar Patel, just as he threatened a big score. Bapu went on to pick up yet another wicket in his next over, cutting short Saurabh Tiwary’s knock. Out of his three scalps on the night for just 21 runs, two of them were left-handers. So much for unfavourable match-ups, eh?

 
 
 
 
 
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Rishabh Pant was spot on with his bowling changes, and he brought on one of his strike bowlers Anrich Nortje in the 15th over. The move paid off immediately, as the express pacer bowled a well-disguised slower one to get Pollard to chop one onto the timber. How many runs do you reckon that timely wicket took away from Mumbai’s total?

 
 
 
 
 
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The Pandya brothers were tasked with getting their side to a decent toal, and they found a few boundaries before the 19th over. Enter Avesh Khan.

The Indore Express absolutely nailed a searing yorker to uproot Hardik’s leg stump off the first ball of the penultimate over. Three deliveries later, he disturbed the woodwork behind Nathan Coulter-Nile to complete a fiery 3-fer.

 
 
 
 
 
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Ashwin’s final over went for two sixes, as Mumbai lifted their total up to 129/8 from their quota of 20 overs.


The Magician and the Master OP


The most prolific opening pair of IPL 2021, Gabbar and Shaw were back together and it was heartening to watch them walk out together. Shaw put the last ball of the first over to the ropes, and Shikhar Dhawan wasted no time in attacking Jayant Yadav in the second over with a delightfully executed inside-out six over extra cover. Alas, a direct hit from Pollard meant Dhawan was run-out in that very over.

Three balls later, Shaw was trapped in front of the stumps by Krunal. Rishabh Pant made his intentions clear as soon as he slog swept Krunal Pandya for a monster six not long after the fall of the second wicket.

 
 
 
 
 
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Steve Smith helped a Bumrah delivery along over the ropes, but his innings too wasn’t long-lived as he walked across and exposed his stumps to Nathan Coulter-Nile. At 30/3, to say that Delhi was in trouble would be an understatement. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant had a couple of good partnerships in the UAE already, and we needed another one on the night. While Iyer settled in, Pant looked to counter-attack. He played some exquisite shots like a straight-drive drilled down the ground off Bumrah, and also some highly unorthodox ones.

Jayant Yadav took Rahul Chahar’s place in the Mumbai side to combat the left-handers in our top and middle order, and he repaid the faith with the wicket of the captain as Rishabh Pant holed out at long on after one shot too many.

With the better part of 12 overs remaining and only 57/4 on the board, Axar Patel strode out ahead of Hetmyer. The all-rounder took DC to 77 in Iyer’s company, when Boult hit his thigh and he was adjudged LBW on Umpire’s Call.

Shimron Hetmyer attacked from the word go, but he could only get two fours away before he got out to Bumrah for an 8-ball 15. When Ashwin joined Shreyas Iyer at the crease, the scoreboard read 93/6 with 37 runs still to get.

The next three overs yielded no boundaries, as Iyer and Ashwin took the game deep under pressure. At 16.3, Shreyas finally broke the shackles and got his first boundary away off a Coulter-Nile slower one banged into the slow Sharjah pitch.

When Bumrah came on to bowl his fourth over, DC needed 19 from 18 balls. Understandably, Ashwin and Iyer knocked the singles off for the majority of the over. With one ball to go from Bumrah, Iyer shuffled to open up the leg side and hit one over mid-wicket and into the gap for four. He was reading the game to perfection.

 
 
 
 
 
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A quiet over by Boult followed, and we were left with 4 to get from 6 deliveries to be bowled by Krunal Pandya. Ashwin only needed one to finish it off in style. His 20th with the ball didn’t go to plan, but he more than made up for it with the bat.

 
 
 
 
 
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For this Capitals outfit, it must have been immensely satisfying to do the double over the only team that had their number in the 2020 season. A special win from a special team. What else do we have in store?


Brief Scores

Mumbai Indians 129/8 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 33 off 26, Avesh Khan 3/15, Axar Patel 3/21); Delhi Capitals 132/6 in 19.1 overs (Shreyas Iyer 33* off 33, Rishabh Pant 26 off 22, Nathan Coulter-Nile 1/19, Trent Boult 1/24)

Shreyas, Ashwin Hold Nerve as Delhi Capitals Do the Double Over Mumbai Indians

MI vs DC in 50 Words

Axar brought his A-game to Sharjah and registered a top-drawer 3-fer. Avesh (3/15) continued his magnificent form in the powerplay and at the death. A modest 129/8 proved to be a fighting total, but an unfazed Shreyas kept his nerve and took DC to victory in Ashwin’s company.


Welcome to the Axar and Avesh Show

A playful Rishabh Pant at the toss called it right and chose to bowl first. It was a pleasant surprise for Pant and DC fans as he wasn’t used to winning tosses this season.

 
 
 
 
 
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The very first ball was flicked away beautifully for four by Rohit Sharma, but that was hardly an accurate representation of how a difficult Sharjah pitch would play out for the rest of the game. Avesh Khan is in the form of his life and he struck in his first over for the third match in a row to dismiss the opposition skipper Rohit Sharma with a fast and accurate short ball.

 
 
 
 
 
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Suryakumar and de Kock connected a couple of maximums, but the DC attack restricted MI to a powerplay score of 35/1, under 6 for the over. Soon after the field restrictions were lifted, Axar Patel foxed de Kock with a well-tossed up and wide delivery that he edged to short-third.

Suryakumar managed to find the ropes on a couple of occasions and also scored another six, but he was dismissed by the man of the hour Axar Patel, just as he threatened a big score. Bapu went on to pick up yet another wicket in his next over, cutting short Saurabh Tiwary’s knock. Out of his three scalps on the night for just 21 runs, two of them were left-handers. So much for unfavourable match-ups, eh?

 
 
 
 
 
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Rishabh Pant was spot on with his bowling changes, and he brought on one of his strike bowlers Anrich Nortje in the 15th over. The move paid off immediately, as the express pacer bowled a well-disguised slower one to get Pollard to chop one onto the timber. How many runs do you reckon that timely wicket took away from Mumbai’s total?

 
 
 
 
 
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The Pandya brothers were tasked with getting their side to a decent toal, and they found a few boundaries before the 19th over. Enter Avesh Khan.

The Indore Express absolutely nailed a searing yorker to uproot Hardik’s leg stump off the first ball of the penultimate over. Three deliveries later, he disturbed the woodwork behind Nathan Coulter-Nile to complete a fiery 3-fer.

 
 
 
 
 
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Ashwin’s final over went for two sixes, as Mumbai lifted their total up to 129/8 from their quota of 20 overs.


The Magician and the Master OP


The most prolific opening pair of IPL 2021, Gabbar and Shaw were back together and it was heartening to watch them walk out together. Shaw put the last ball of the first over to the ropes, and Shikhar Dhawan wasted no time in attacking Jayant Yadav in the second over with a delightfully executed inside-out six over extra cover. Alas, a direct hit from Pollard meant Dhawan was run-out in that very over.

Three balls later, Shaw was trapped in front of the stumps by Krunal. Rishabh Pant made his intentions clear as soon as he slog swept Krunal Pandya for a monster six not long after the fall of the second wicket.

 
 
 
 
 
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Steve Smith helped a Bumrah delivery along over the ropes, but his innings too wasn’t long-lived as he walked across and exposed his stumps to Nathan Coulter-Nile. At 30/3, to say that Delhi was in trouble would be an understatement. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant had a couple of good partnerships in the UAE already, and we needed another one on the night. While Iyer settled in, Pant looked to counter-attack. He played some exquisite shots like a straight-drive drilled down the ground off Bumrah, and also some highly unorthodox ones.

Jayant Yadav took Rahul Chahar’s place in the Mumbai side to combat the left-handers in our top and middle order, and he repaid the faith with the wicket of the captain as Rishabh Pant holed out at long on after one shot too many.

With the better part of 12 overs remaining and only 57/4 on the board, Axar Patel strode out ahead of Hetmyer. The all-rounder took DC to 77 in Iyer’s company, when Boult hit his thigh and he was adjudged LBW on Umpire’s Call.

Shimron Hetmyer attacked from the word go, but he could only get two fours away before he got out to Bumrah for an 8-ball 15. When Ashwin joined Shreyas Iyer at the crease, the scoreboard read 93/6 with 37 runs still to get.

The next three overs yielded no boundaries, as Iyer and Ashwin took the game deep under pressure. At 16.3, Shreyas finally broke the shackles and got his first boundary away off a Coulter-Nile slower one banged into the slow Sharjah pitch.

When Bumrah came on to bowl his fourth over, DC needed 19 from 18 balls. Understandably, Ashwin and Iyer knocked the singles off for the majority of the over. With one ball to go from Bumrah, Iyer shuffled to open up the leg side and hit one over mid-wicket and into the gap for four. He was reading the game to perfection.

 
 
 
 
 
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A quiet over by Boult followed, and we were left with 4 to get from 6 deliveries to be bowled by Krunal Pandya. Ashwin only needed one to finish it off in style. His 20th with the ball didn’t go to plan, but he more than made up for it with the bat.

 
 
 
 
 
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For this Capitals outfit, it must have been immensely satisfying to do the double over the only team that had their number in the 2020 season. A special win from a special team. What else do we have in store?


Brief Scores

Mumbai Indians 129/8 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 33 off 26, Avesh Khan 3/15, Axar Patel 3/21); Delhi Capitals 132/6 in 19.1 overs (Shreyas Iyer 33* off 33, Rishabh Pant 26 off 22, Nathan Coulter-Nile 1/19, Trent Boult 1/24)

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