Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan won a handy toss at the Wankhede Stadium and expectedly decided to adhere to the trend of chasing at the venue. After Mumbai Indians’ openers began to flay at their bowlers, the visitors struck back by picking up a flurry of wickets.
Riding on the depth in their batting line-up, the home team managed to register a fighting total. Chasing 143, Delhi’s batting line-up was blown away by some incisive seam bowling. Even though Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada attempted to resuscitate the innings, Rohit Sharma’s team held their nerve to complete a narrow 14-run triumph and open up a four-point lead at the top of the table.
Here are five things that went wrong for Delhi Daredevils during the game in chronological order.
#5 Not going for the kill
Upon striking regularly in the first half of the innings, the Daredevils reduced Mumbai to 60/4. The need of the hour was to keep chipping away and maintaining their stranglehold on the hosts.
However, Zaheer’s team took their feet off the pedal. Acknowledging the situation at hand, Kieron Pollard did not play his natural game. Instead, he looked to rebuild the innings by creating meaningful partnerships with his fellow lower-middle order batsmen. A bit more intent could have helped Delhi prevent the burly Trinidadian as well as the Pandya brothers from ensuring that Mumbai did not lose their way.