Indian Premier League, 2019
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Date & Time: 18 April 2019
RR: 6.4 | Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals by 40 runs
Done with this one but we move on quickly to the next. On Friday, Bangalore go on the road as they lock horns against Kolkata at Eden Gardens. The action will begin at 2000 local (1430 GMT). See you for that one. Goodbye!
Man of the Match, Hardik Pandya, says he's been feeling he's hitting the ball better than he ever has and that's all down to the hard work he's been putting in the nets. Mentions that he likes to keep the basics straight and take the ball on its merit. Feels that he's been using his brain a lot as he's assessing the conditions well enough and striking the ball cleanly as a result.
Mumbai captain, Rohit Sharma, says after the first two overs, he and de Kock thought 140 would be a good score. Adds that it was fortunate they had wickets in hand as the power hitters in the side could do what they do in the end. States that it was a clinical effort from both batsmen and bowlers. Informs that he knew the nature of the surface and hence thought if they won the toss, they would bat first. Mentions that Rahul Chahar has been working hard since the last season and they wanted to get him into the XI soon enough somehow. Continues to say that he (Chahar) couldn't play in the last campaign as Mayank Markande was already doing well for them, but is happy he could play this time around as he's a smart bowler and he executes his plans well. On Jayant Yadav, Rohit says it was a simple decision as Delhi have 3-4 left-handed batsmen. And on Ben Cutting, the Mumbai skipper felt that the all-rounder could be useful against the new ball, but unfortunately that didn't work out. Ends by saying that the team combination depends on the opposition and the conditions, and everyone in the dressing room is aware of that.
Quinton de Kock comes in for a little chat as well. He says that they assessed the wicket quite quickly and rotation of the strike was important. Mentions that they wanted to save wickets for the end. Reckons that he started to find his rhythm slowly as it was not a wicket on which you can play your shots right from the start. Further adds that the team is slowly getting into its own and they are learning after each and every game. Ends by saying that it was not easy to keep wickets on this surface.
Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer, says it is really important to win the home games, especially on the wickets they know. Mentions that the toss is important and they did not bowl well. Admits that they were outplayed and credits the way Mumbai bowled. He states that they did practiced how they should bowl in the nets, but could not execute it. Adds that they would have chased had they won the toss as they are confident chasing. Reckons that they gave away 20 runs more. Mentions that it was not easy to bat in the second innings as the pitch got worse. Ends by saying that the last three overs in the first innings were the game-changing overs.
Not a good night for the home team. The Delhi batsmen needed to apply themselves more. The pressure had double, owing to the slow conditions and in particular, the fact that they let plenty of runs leak in the final 5 overs. Dhawan and Shaw provided a fine start, but the rest to follow really disappointed. After the two openers, only Axar and Morris got into double figures, which should be enough to tell you what the problem was in the chase. The hosts would like to put this behind them quickly. Plenty to work on obviously, but it's surely a night to forget.
A comfortable victory in the end for Mumbai. A clinical bowling performance. They used the conditions on offer well and took full advantage of it. You could say, possibly, they won the game when the spin of the coin fell Rohit Sharma's way. They firstly put up fine score on the board, close to 170, courtesy a good start from Rohit and de Kock, and then a big finish from the Pandya brothers. And then, got the job done with the ball with Rahul Chahar leading the line with his 3-wicket haul. The rest played their part, and everyone barring Jayant Yadav contributed in the wickets column. A good all-round performance.
Ishant Sharma is the last man in.
Hardik Pandya to bowl the last over of the game.
Kagiso Rabada is the new man in.
Keemo Paul is the new man in.
The strategic break has been signaled!
Lasith Malinga is back!
Chris Morris is the new batsman in.
Jasprit Bumrah is back!
Krunal Pandya is back!
Jayant Yadav is back!
Axar Patel is the new batsman in.
Rishabh Pant is the new man in.
Krunal Pandya to roll his arm over.
Shreyas Iyer walks in at no.4.
Colin Munro is the next batsman in.
Rahul Chahar is on now!
Jasprit Bumrah is on now!
Jayant Yadav is on now!
Lasith Malinga is into the attack.
Rahul Chahar to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan will open the batting for Delhi. Hardik Pandya will start the proceedings for Mumbai.