Delhi Capitals had their work cut out when they went in to play Mumbai Indians in the afternoon match at Dubai today. Kieron Pollard won the toss and sent Delhi to bat first. Everything went downhill from there for Delhi Capitals as they struggled to make any match out of this crucial contest.
Chasing a moderate target of 111, all Mumbai Indians wanted was a decent opening partnership. And they got more than just a decent one as Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock began on a very promising note. Ishan Kishan was going great guns and the South African left-hander was playing second-fiddle to him perfectly.
When Anrich Nortje came on to bowl 11th over of the innings, Quinton de Kock was facing 2nd delivery of that over. He tried to defend that rising ball from his fellow countryman but ball spun back on to the stumps from the face of his bat. He thought of kicking the ball away from the stumps but ball was very close to the wicket. So, the ball ended up on bails and Quinton de Kock had to make his way to the pavilion in one of the most unfortunate ways.
After being sent in, Delhi Capitals batsmen just never really got going against a high-class bowling unit. Only Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant had a partnership of some substance as others performed a procession of the highest order. As a result, Delhi Capitals posted a mere 110 on the board.
In reply, Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan put on a hitting masterclass to walk through this chase. Ishan Kishan looked like playing on another surface from the rest of the pack today. He particularly treated South African pair of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje with disdain. Mumbai chased down the total under just 15 overs and won the encounter by 9 wickets.