Mumbai Indians (MI) recorded a clinical 40-run victory over the Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on Thursday. With this brilliant performance, the Rohit Sharma-led team also ended the opposition’s four-match winning streak as well. It was the brother duo comprising of Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya who stole the show with some terrific batting in the first innings and in turn the pair propelled the visiting team to an imposing total.
While in the second innings, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar bowled a brilliant spell to reduce the home team in a miserable state. Then the rest of the MI bowlers also delivered excellent performances to help their team pick up a splendid win. With this staggering victory, the Rohit Sharma-led team has strengthened its playoffs chances with a tally of 12 points in their baggage.
We wanted to get him there
After the game, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma heaped praises on Rahul Chahar and reckoned that the team always wanted to use him in the similar as Mayank Markande. Since the last edition, Mayank has done a great job as the frontline leg-spinner of the team. Rohit mentioned that Chahar has a great attitude and noted that he is very much clear of his ideas.
“Rahul was there with us even last year, we wanted to get him in where Mayank was playing. He has a good attitude and is clear with what he wants to do. They (DC) had left handers and Rahul bowls confidently to left handers, which is what he told me before the innings,” said Rohit Sharma.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the two MI openers, skipper Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock started off things in a blazing manner. The openers provided the team with a solid foundation at the top, smashing 57 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay that too on a pretty slowish Delhi wicket.
“After the first two overs that we played, we thought 140 was a good score. Quinny (Quinton de Kock) and me had a talk and then luckily towards the end we had wickets in hand and could use our power-hitters to play just the way they’ve been playing,” he added.
We knew that they would do the job perfectly
Just like Mumbai, the two DC openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw also started the matters in an aggressive manner, striking 38 runs in the first four overs. However, the DC opening duo failed to continue the progress as the MI spin duo comprising of Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya teamed up to pick four quick wickets and in turn left the home team in a real mess at 63 for 4.
“We knew we had the spinners, who would do their job perfectly. Even in the last ODI against Australia we found it tough to chase. I knew that if we got 140-150, we had the bowlers to keep us in the game,” concluded the MI skipper.