129/8 (20)
132/6 (19.1)
Delhi Capitals won by 4 wickets
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Not for nothing do they say that there is elegance in simplicity and Axar Patel's approach vindicates the same to great effect. He is quite easily among the most understated performers that the league has seen over the years and once again, he has delivered a match-winning spell for his side with the turning point being the wicket of the well-set Suryakumar Yadav. The Capitals continue to impress one and all with their bowling in particular and it should be quite a contest when they face off against the Chennai Super Kings in a couple of days' time in Dubai. As for the Mumbai Indians, things have gone rather pear-shaped this UAE leg and with two wins out of their remaining two bouts almost inevitable, Rohit Sharma and Co. certainly have their task cut out ahead of the final week of the league stage of the season.
Axar Patel (Player of the Match): I vary my pace and read the batters well to try and stay ahead of them. If I plan accordingly then I can adjust my line accordingly. (On the de Kock dismissal) I expected him to go after me and I expected him to either play the slog sweep or will pick up a couple of runs, so I wanted to keep it slow outside the off-stump. A lot depends on how you finish towards the end of your delivery stride and how you roll your fingers over the ball. I have mastered one new delivery but I haven't needed to use it yet. I believe in keeping things simple (translated from Hindi).
Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals Captain): Whenever you play in Sharjah, we know the wicket will play different from the other venues. It was a hard-fought victory for us. Most of the time we wanted to bowl the fast bowlers in the Powerplay because after that it was easier for the spinners on these tracks. I saved one over of Ash for the end since Polly and Hardik were batting and I didn't want them to get away with a spinner. Avesh has been the find of the season for us but as I have said before, we always look to learn from the last game and move forward. We would like to solidify our batting a lot more - Stoinis will be fine in a few days so that will be a boost for us. We wanted to take it as deep as possible. The ball was in the slot for me but I didn't middle. You can't always go for your shots but somebody had to go for it in the Powerplay and today it was me.
Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals): I felt really amazing to bat through and take my team until the end. It was a low scoring game so I decided to stay until the end. Even though I was shifted down the order I backed myself and whatever the situation, I knew I could win the game for my team. When you think positive it works out well. Ashwin's intent was positive in taking single and rotating the strike. Once he started seeing the ball really well he decided to take on the bowlers. Both of us wanted to bat until the last ball and he told me to stay until the end and win the game for the side. The transition has happened in the last two years and we have created that environment from 2019. We try to implicate all good things towards each other and enjoy each other's success. Whenever we perform well we try to be humble. Whoever it is, he has to make sure to win the match for the team and whatever role is assigned to the individual he has to perform it for the team. We have to win all these close games - every point matters in the league and if we can finish in the top two then we have the opportunity to play the one game and straightaway get to the finals. We have to maintain this position and finish in the top two.
Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians Captain): We always knew it was going to be a difficult venue. We do understand it is not the easiest of grounds to play and get the runs you want. We came very well prepared and we knew what exactly to expect. We didn't bat well or create those partnerships. It was not a 170-180 wicket and 140 was a par score here. We just couldn't get those partnerships going. If you're batters are not going to put runs on the board you are not going to win games consistently. We've struggled with the bat this season - I personally accept that we've not batted the way we would have liked to. But I don't want to take anything away from the guys. We have been preparing really well but we have just not been able to execute. We will just look to play the game we are known to. We are not playing to the potential we are known for. Hopefully we can come out and play the way we are known for in the coming games.
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WOW! We have seen a contest of some kind in Sharjah alright! And the Delhi Capitals return to winning ways after dropping a game at this very venue a few days earlier.

Defending a modest 130, the Mumbai Indians needed to get on the board early on in terms of the wickets and didn't they get that coming their way or what! A classy boundary from Prithvi Shaw and a lofted six over the covers from Shikhar Dhawan notwithstanding, a fiery throw from Kieron Pollard saw the back of Dhawan before Krunal Pandya trapped the right-handed Shaw plumb in front with a successful review going their way.

While Rishabh Pant announced his arrival with an expansive slog sweep over mid-wicket and Steve Smith managed to put one away over backward square leg, the latter shuffled too far across his stumps to end up castled and with Pant hopping like a cat on a hot tin roof too, the Mumbai Indians bowlers had their tails up!

Pant was clear-cut in his approach to take the counter-attack to the bowlers and while he did so with a couple of exquisite shots, there were quite a few occasions where he seemed to try too hard with some agricultural shots attempted in vain. One shot too many then saw the skipper fall before a failed attempt to throw a cat among the pigeons with an Axar Patel promotion failed to make things tougher than they would have anticipated.

Shimron Hetmyer came and went but not before he brought out a few powerful strokes to bring the required run-rate under a run-a-ball. And once he perished, Shreyas Iyer, who had borne witness to a number of partners leaving him stranded, combined forces with Ravichandran Ashwin to take it deep into the innings. Both batters were content in milking the singles and twos while they were also helped by a couple of errant throws on the field.

Things got tighter and tighter but an expansive whip over mid-wicket off Jasprit Bumrah all but sealed the deal for the Capitals and with four runs needed off the final over, Ashwin decided to wield the willow wild to close out the contest with a maximum! The win consolidates the Capitals' second spot on the table, taking them one step further towards a top-two finish!

The MI bowlers threw everything into it in what was a valiant attempt at defending 130. Each of their frontline bowlers accounted for a wicket apiece. Nathan Coulter-Nile in particular looked the part while both Jasprit Bumrah and Jayant Yadav did their bit, despite taking a tap at different stages of their respective spells. At the end of the day, it has to be said that their batters let them down once again without a par score to play with and that has subjected the Mumbai Indians to their 7th loss of the tournament, leaving them further logjammed in that mid-table clutter.
Ravichandran Ashwin finishes the game in grand fashion! He targets the 61-metre short boundary on the leg-side and slogs one out of the park to seal the deal for the Delhi Capitals - they win by 4 wickets with 5 deliveries to spare!
19.1 Krunal Pandya to R Ashwin, SIX! SHOT! THAT WILL BE THAT! Right in the slot on middle and off stump. Ashwin gets down on one knee and absolutely clatters that one into the stands over deep mid wicket for a maximum to seal the deal! DC move up to 18 points and MI are left ruing what could've been and of course, praying for other teams to drop points now!
The Mumbai Indians need Krunal Pandya to be a hero today. Ravichandran Ashwin takes guard - what does he do? Does he go for the big one or does he do it in singles?
Krunal Pandya is back into the attack and will bowl the final over of the match. He will bowl around the wicket.
Krunal Pandya or Kieron Pollard - who bowls the final over?
This is going into the final over folks! Who says low-scoring thrillers aren't fun? Who can pull off a Kartik Tyagi here for the Mumbai Indians? Or can Ashwin or Shreyas be the Shahrukh Khan for the Delhi Capitals? Have you any fingernails left???

Delhi Capitals need 4 runs off the final over!
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cricket ball icon Trent Boult
18.6 Trent Boult to R Ashwin, length delivery just outside leg stump. Ashwin gives himself a bit of room and chips the ball over the fielder at short extra cover for another single
18.5 Trent Boult to Shreyas Iyer, full delivery that hones in on leg stump. Iyer walks across his stumps and flicks the ball towards the sweeper at deep square leg for a single
A horrible throw there from Rohit Sharma and it goes awry with Shreyas Iyer crossing back!
18.4 Trent Boult to Shreyas Iyer, OH! Slower delivery on a back of a length on leg stump. Iyer backs away and is beaten by the extra bounce as the ball pops up towards extra cover. Rohit then fires an erroneous throw and allows two more runs
18.3 Trent Boult to R Ashwin, full delivery on middle and leg stump. Ashwin comes forward and pokes the ball into the leg side towards the man at mid wicket for another single
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