IPL 2018, MI vs DD: 3 MI players who flopped against DD
Delhi Daredevils clashed against Mumbai Indians at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla. Electing to bat first, Delhi Daredevils got off to a flying start thanks to their openers Prithvi Shaw and Glenn Maxwell. But the batsmen departed in quick succession and Delhi Daredevils were struggling at 38-2 in 4.3 overs. The in-form batsman Rishabh Pant again resurrected the innings and he scored 64 runs off just 44 deliveries.
Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma struck few lusty blows in the end to propel Delhi Daredevils to a good total of 174/4 in the 20 overs. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai with 1/29 in 4 overs.
In reply, Mumbai got off to a flying start by scoring at more than 9 runs per over within the powerplay and were comfortably placed at 57-1 in 6 overs. However, the game changed dramatically post the powerplay as leg spinners Amit Mishra and Sandeep Lamichhane spun a web around the Mumbai batsman and 3 wickets fell in the span of 3 overs. Both the leggies picked up 2 wickets each to reduce Mumbai Indians score to 5-78 in 9.4 overs. Skipper Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya added 43 runs for the 6th wicket but Delhi kept pegging away with wickets at regular intervals.
Ben Cutting hit few sixes but he was holed out in the deep with 12 needed off 4 balls. In the end, Mumbai were all out for 163 losing the game by 11 runs.
This loss meant Mumbai Indians were out of the tournament and Delhi Daredevils ended their campaign on a happy note despite finishing last in the table.
In a game that ebbed and flowed let us look at 3 players from Mumbai Indians who failed to step up to the occasion in an important fixture.
#3 Rohit Sharma
The skipper of Mumbai Indians had an off day at the office and sadly it was on a day that his team needed to win to qualify for the playoffs. It all started with Rohit Sharma getting injured on the final ball of the 19th over trying to hold on to a catch. He injured his left shoulder and as a result, he had to leave the ground for treatment.
While chasing, Rohit Sharma came out to bat at No 5, which is very unlikely of him. He came in in a situation, in which Mumbai Indians were struggling at 74/3 in 11 overs with a required run rate of 9.18. Mumbai Indians further lost 2 quick wickets and the onus was on Rohit Sharma to play a captain’s knock to take his team through.
Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya resurrected the innings to some extent by scoring runs at a brisk pace and keeping up with the run-rate. Rohit struck 2 boundaries in the 14th over of the bowling of Trent Boult and Mumbai Indians were back in the game.