The Delhi Capitals have secured their ninth victory in the 2021 IPL after beating the Mumbai Indians by 4 wickets in a low-scoring affair in Sharjah! The Capitals won the toss and elected to have a bowl first in this contest, a decision which appeared to have paid off rather nicely during the early exchanges as the mightily impressive Avesh Khan (3/15) and shrewd left arm off spinner Axar Patel (3/21) dismissed Mumbai’s dangerous opening pairing of Rohit Sharma (7) and Quinton de Kock (19) within the first 7 overs of the innings to leave the men in blue stunned on an uncharacteristically lowly score of 37/2. To their immense credit though, the enterprising third wicket pairing of Suryakumar Yadav (33) and Saurabh Tiwary (15) soon began to stabilise their side’s innings quite commendably after this rocky start as the assured middle order duo applied themselves well and produced a barnstorming 31 run partnership together from just 22 balls to rapidly propel the defending champions up to a seemingly promising score of 68/2 in the 10th over of their innings. However, as soon as the former was sent back to the pavilion by the unstoppable Axar in the middle of the very next over, the Mumbai innings began to collapse at a heavily accelerated rate of knots as the inspired Delhi bowling attack kept things tight superbly and took a quick flurry of wickets towards the death to ultimately restrict the men in dark blue to a slightly underwhelming, but still more than competitive, total of 129/8 from their 20 overs.
In response to this seemingly modest batting display from the defending champions, Delhi got off to an absolutely appalling start to their run chase as the clinical Mumbai bowling attack, spearheaded by Aussie seamer Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/19) and experienced off spinner Jayant Yadav (1/31), scythed through the Capitals’ top order with extraordinary ease to leave the shell-shocked men in light blue wobbling on a truly perilous score of 57/4 in just the 9th over of their innings. To the immense relief of the Capitals though, ice-cool captain Shreyas Iyer would ensure that it would be his side who would emerge victorious in this showdown in Sharjah after this rather shaky start today as the imperious number 5 batsman dug deep admirably and produced a perfectly measured 33* from 33 deliveries alongside the likes of Rishabh Pant (26), Shimron Hetmyer (15) and Ravichandran Ashwin (20*) to quickly extinguish any hopes of a Mumbai victory in this contest and ultimately take the men in light blue to a well deserved 4 wicket victory with 5 balls of their innings still to spare. As always, well played to both sides out there today and congratulations to Delhi for sealing their 9th win of the tournament