Mumbai Indian(MI) surpasses Delhi Capital(DC) to move to the top on the point table Indian Premier League. At Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Kagiso Rabada was the highest wicket-taker for DC, denting two wickets. Earlier, DC batsman Shikhar Dhawan played 69* runs off 52 deliveries to help his side post a total of 162/4. Dhawan’s innings composed of six boundaries with the opener receiving quality support from skipper Shreyas Iyer. Iyer scored a 33-ball 42, hitting five boundaries. The rest of the batsmen failed to make much of an impression.

Delhi Capital(DC) 162 runs on the board were not enough to defend on from Mumbai Indian(MI) jumped to the top of the points table with a five-wicket win in Match No. 27 of the Indian Premier League 2020 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (October 11). Both Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav cracked impressive fifties as Mumbai completed their fifth win of the season.

Opting to bat, Shreyas Iyer (33-ball 42) made a useful contribution but it was Shikhar Dhawan who batted through the innings and impelled Delhi to 162/4 in their 20 overs. The Mumbai bowlers were disciplined but Dhawan scored a constant 52-ball 69* to ensure Delhi had a competitive total on the board. The Delhi batsmen were slightly overcautious and that’s what cost them the game. De Kock ( 53 runs off 36 balls) and Suryakumar (53 runs off 32 balls) were outstanding and Ishan Kishan fine cameo as the Mumbai Indian(MI) in the second innings as Mumbai chase the target in 19.4 overs.

Quinton de Kock | Man of the match: I enjoyed the win at the end of the day. I just kept it simple. I’ve been batting well in the nets, and it was just a matter of doing well in the game. I knew eventually I would get a score, just had to capitalize on the opportunity. I don’t think it’s getting any cooler, compared to South Africa. We are getting used to the weather, but it does get quite difficult in this heat and humidity.

Rohit Sharma | Winning captain: The kind of cricket we are playing gives us a lot of confidence. It’s important to have momentum with us, and it was a perfect day for us, getting those crucial two points. We did everything right, but there are still some things we can improve on. We were good with the ball and restricted them to 160-odd. Clinical with the bat, but not so much towards the end. We need one set batsman to finish off the game in general, and some set batsmen got out today, but I don’t want to point fingers because chasing has been difficult in this tournament. Given the conditions, we need to come out and play good cricket, and keep a calm head while chasing. It’s important to have partnerships and we did that today, which got us over the line.

Shreyas Iyer | Losing captain: Definitely, I would say 10-15 short, 170-175 on the board would have looked completely different. We really missed out when Stoinis got out, he was hitting the ball really well and also seeing the ball like a football, that was the main error that we did and something that we really need to work on. Apart from that the effort we put on the field, we could definitely work on that as there were a few misfields and dropped catches as well. Overall they outplayed us in all the departments. We need to work on our mindsets before the next game. I thought the spinners were bowling well as the ball was coming onto the bat, it wasn’t stopping as it was in the first innings. If we could have squeezed in two more wickets after the powerplay we would have been on top. It is really important for us not to take any team lightly and be positive in our approach. There are still certain elements we have to work and we will use the break to work on that. We have no idea (on Rishabh’s availability), the doctor said he has to rest for a week and hope he comes back really strong.


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