Clinical punches by Mumbai Indians batters on Saturday helped five-time champions end their IPL 2022 campaign on a high when they defeated Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets at Wankhede Stadium. With this win, Royal Challengers Bangalore have qualified for the play-offs while DC has crashed out of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. When we got into the game, the equation was absolutely straightforward for the challengers. And they were able to sail on as the Rohit Sharma-led squad crushed Delhi Capitals hopes in the final league game for the two sides.
As first batter, the crucial partnership between Rovman Powell and Rishabh Pant and a quick unbeaten 19 from Axar Patel helped Delhi Capitals post a modest 159/7 total against MI. Rovman Powell scored 43 runs from 34 balls and provided his team with a decent total despite initial setbacks. For Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets, while Ramandeep Singh settled for two.
Mumbai chased 160 and had a tentative start as their score was 27/1 after the power play. Anrich Nortje defeated MI skipper Rohit Sharma in the 6th over while Ishan Kishan held his ground for the five-time champion.
The runs started slowly for Dewald Brevis and Ishan Kishan, while MI’s score was 62/1 halfway through the innings. In the 12th over, well-organized Ishan Kishan left just two runs for his fifty from Kuldeep Yadav. Shardul Thakur then cleared Dewald Brevis for 37 in the 15th over.
With the momentum shifting to DC’s side, Tim David’s carnage nearly ended the game in MI’s favor before coming out in the 18th at 34. Anrich Nortje ejected Tilak Varma (21) in the penultimate over, but MI batters held the nerve to win runs.
Earlier, first at bat, DC got off to a terrible start when lead-off hitter David Warner was caught by Jasprit Bumrah on Daniel Sams’ pitch in the 2.6 left, with only 21 runs on the board. Allrounder Mitchell Marsh joined Prithvi Shaw at the crease and the duo then tried to anchor the innings for their side.
In the next over, Delhi was hit again when Bumrah Mitchell fended off Marsh, who went back to the pavilion without scoring a run. This brought DC skipper Rishabh Pant to the fold. Prithvi Shaw tried his best to keep the scoreboard moving for Delhi, but the opener was sent back to the pavilion by Bumrah after scoring 24 points.
Sarfaraz Khan got to the fold but couldn’t do much for his team as he fell prey to Mayank Markande’s spell and was caught by Ishan Kishan in the 9th over. Delhi Capitals were 55-4 after ten overs in their game against MI, while the Mumbai bowlers kept an eye on the flow of runs through tight bowling.
Rovman Powell then came to bat and skipped 20 runs in the 12th, which was pitched by Hrithik Shokeen. Riley Meredith delivered a brilliant over for conceding only 2 runs for limiting the batters to short play.
The duo anchored the innings and provided DC with the lost momentum. Powell and Pant brought their team’s total above the 100-run mark and also brought out their crucial 50-run partnership in under 15 overs.
Pant continued the carnage when he crushed Ramandeep Singh, but the final delivery from the over ended his game when he handed a catch to Ishan Kishan, leaving DC at 125/5. Axar Patel then joined Powell, who crushed MI bowlers all over the ground.
It was then Bumrah, who struck again, skipping aggressive batter Powell in the 19th, leaving DC’s total at 143/6. Patel played an offensive game, finishing DC’s innings at 159/7 with a six. DC now has to defend a 160-run goal to secure fourth position in the playoff points tally.
Short scores: Delhi Capitals 159/7 (Rovman Powell 43, Rishabh Pant 39; Jasprit Bumrah 3-25) vs Mumbai Indians 160/5 (Ishan Kishan 48, Dewald Brevis 37; Shardul Thakur 2-32).