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IPL: Capitals show Never-say-Die spirit, beat MI

It was one of the most awaited matches of the IPL 2022.

Delhi Capitals faced the most successful franchise, Mumbai Indians led by India skipper Rohit Sharma.

After going through a below-par season last year, Mumbai Indians were highly determined to turn the table around.

Meanwhile, the Capitals were fighting to lift their first IPL trophy under the captaincy of Indiaโ€™s rising talent, Rishabh Pant.

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant won the toss and elected to bowl first.
They took the field withย just two overseas players – Rovman Powell and Tim Seifert.

Ishan displays his fireworks

Ishan Kishan was at his best as he smashed the Delhi Capitals bowlers all around the ground as he scored an unbeaten 81 from 48 balls.
Ishan’s knock was studded with 11 boundaries and a six as he batted with a strike rate of 168.75.
Since 2020, it was his fifth IPL fifty as an opener.
He went berserk late in the innings; especially in the last over, where he collected 16 runs off Shardul Thakur.
As a result, Mumbai Indians amassed 177 runs.

Kuldeep back in form

The whole of India has been waiting for Kuldeep Yadav to regain his magic and today, he did exactly that.

Coming into the attack after the powerplay, he broke the dangerous opening partnership by dismissing Rohit Sharma at deep mid-wicket on 41.

In his very next over, the Chinaman bowler got rid of Anmolpreet Singh, caught at long-off.

Kuldeep looked in great rhythm and exhibited tremendous confidence as he effectively dried up the runs.

In the 16th over, the 27-year-old struck again, dismissing Kieron Pollard who pulled a short ball straight into the lap of the mid-wicket fielder.

Kuldeep was the pick of the bowlers for his side as he took 3 wickets for 18 runs in his four overs.

Delhi kept losing wickets

Delhi Capitals came out with positive intent as Tim Seifert took the Mumbai Indians bowling apart.

However, he was sent back by spinner Murugan Ashwin’s vicious in-cutter that disturbed the stumps.

Ashwin took two wickets in one over to put the brakes on Delhi Capitals.

They kept on losing wickets at regular intervals during their chase; although Prithvi Shaw stood for some time in the middle, he too took the road to the hut.
Mumbai Indians pacer Basil Thampi took two wickets as he dismissed Prithvi Shaw and Rovman Powell in the same over.
Rishabh Pant also could not make an impact as he got out for just one run.
In fact, Delhi were five wickets down with less than a hundred runs on the board.
Just when Mumbai sensed an easy win, Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel stitched a match-winning partnership of 75* for the seventh wicket to take Delhi over the line.

Lalit Yadav scored 48 from 38 balls and Axar Patel scored 38 from 17 balls making sure that their team started on a winning note

Brief Scores: DC 179/6 (L Yadav 48*, A Patel 38*, B Thampi 3-35, M Ashwin 2-14) beat MI 177/5 (I Kishan 81*, R Sharma 41, K Yadav 3-18) by four wickets

 

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