After losing three straight games in the span of two years, Mumbai Indians (MI) finally managed to stop the Delhi Capitals (DC) juggernaut, registering a sensational 40-run victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. 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.
It was not that easy task
After the game, Delhi Capitals support staff member Pravin Amre revealed that the Mumbai Indians team batted very nicely. Pandya brothers combined power with smartness came to the rescue of Mumbai Indians after they loss the top-order wickets in a flurry. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya batted very much sensibly, taking calculative risks with Hardik doing his usual power-hitting job and Krunal playing some street smart cricket. The pair compiled a blistering partnership of 54 runs at a quick pace and in that process smacked the Delhi bowlers in all parts of the ground.
"We have to give credit to the way the Mumbai Indians batted. The last four overs they got 58 runs. Hardik Pandya's innings was very crucial - 15 balls, 32 runs - that really got the runs on the board. We felt like this was a 150 pitch and I think that extra cushion they got - 18 runs - that made the difference, and put the pressure (on us). After 10 overs it was chasing 10 runs per over. It was not that easy a task considering the Kotla wicket," quoted Pravin Amre.
It was a tricky wicket
Krunal Pandya, who remained unbeaten till the end after playing a significant innings of 37 runs, mentioned that the Delhi wicket was surely a tricky track to bat on. He revealed that the visitors were initially aiming to get a total somewhere around the 145-run mark.
“While batting it was a very tricky wicket. We were not aiming for 170, we were aiming around 145, (which we thought) was a good total on this wicket. But the way Hardik batted, scoring at a strike rate of more than 200, it changed the momentum for us and I guess we got 20-30 more," said Krunal Pandya.