Marvelous Mumbai Indians Knockout the Daring Delhi Capitals from the IPL.

Royal Challengers Bangalore are very grateful to Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians for knocking out Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals. Yesterday at Wankhede Stadium Delhi Capitals ended their dreams of the IPL trophy while playing their last match against Mumbai Indians. Mumbai, the 5-time winner of IPL was at the bottom of the league this season. With no chance to qualify for the qualifiers, MI spoiled Delhi Capitals’ party, which gave Royal Challengers Bangalore a chance to qualify for the Quarterfinals.

Rohit Sharma had won the toss and chose to field, Delhi’s team was dominant after the mega auction ended. The Mumbai team saw an early breakthrough as David Warner’s blooper was caught by Jasprit Bumrah. The following over Bumrah had dismissed Michell Marsh for a golden duck. Rishabh Pant and Roman Powell had steadied the innings to establish a decent score that could be defended. Axar Patel added a finishing knock and Delhi Capitals had ended up on a par-score of 160 for a loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Jasprit Bumrah’s spell could be a hint of his returning form, that couldn’t be seen in the early and middle stages of IPL. He had conceded 25 runs and took 3 wickets with an 11-ball dot in his spell. The economy of 6.25 shows his experience playing for Mumbai Indians.

In the second innings, Rohit couldn’t display a captain’s knock and gave an early wicket as the breakthrough for Delhi Capitals. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians’ highest-biding player Ishan Kishan played a promising knock for the team, and Dewald Brewis also backed him on the pitch with some exceptional shots. Delhi’s worst nightmare of the night came when Tim David had snatched the match from the Capitals with an incredible knock of 34 in 11. With a strike rate of 309.9, he added a boost to the batting line. On his first ball, the ball edged towards the keeper, Rishabh Pant but due to lack of judgment, the fielding team didn’t pursue a review leading to their loss. In the death overs, Tilak Verma and Tim David had released the pressure on Mumbai. In the last over Khaleel Ahmed’s no ball resulted in extra runs and Ramandeep’s edge on the free hit led the ball towards the boundary and making Delhi Capitals out of the race and giving a chance to Royal Challengers Bangalore to advance ahead towards the qualifiers.

Rishabh Pant’s DRS might have changed the fate of the Delhi Capitals, but as a wicket-keeper captain, the appetite for risk-taking should be high. Being doubtful of ourselves, the bowlers can show signs of low confidence for a captain in a game which is very crucial for the team. Will Royal Challengers Bangalore make use of this golden chance dropped by Delhi Capitals?  will they get their hands on their elusive maiden IPL trophy or will the wait continue? #EeSaalaCupNamde or #RCBBottlesAgain? Stay tuned with The Sportsway for more updates

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