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IPL 2019: Rahul Chahar joins forces with Pandyas to lift Mumbai Indians to No.2

Rahul Chahar, a 19-year-old leg-spinner, had played only 8 IPL matches until Thursday before he turned up at the Feroz Shah Kotla and destroyed a formidable Delhi Capitals batting line-up with figures of 3 for 19 off 4 overs. MI won by 40 runs and leapfrogged Delhi Capitals to No.2 in the 2019 Indian Premier League points table. | DC vs MI – As it happened |

Before Rahul Chahar’s brilliant spell, the Pandya brothers – Krunal (37 not out) and Hardik (32) – had done the star turn with the bat. Later in the evening, Krunal struck in his 1st over to dismiss the dangerous Colin Munro as Delhi Capitals lost steam in their chase of 169.

Delhi Capitals had got off to a strong start thanks to Shikhar Dhawan who has upped his game after Ricky Ponting publicly expressed his displeasure over a poor strike rate. Dhawan was looking dangerous but a bad execution of a reverse sweep against Rahul Chahar ended his innings for a 22-ball 35.

Chahar struck again in his next over to snare Shikhar Dhawan’s opening partner Prithivi Shaw who could not middle a tossed up delivery and Hardik Pandya took a simple catch at long-on. And then Krunal Pandya dismissed Colin Munro in his first over to dent the Delhi Capitals chase not long after they had looked in complete control.

Munro’s exit brought Rishabh Pant into the middle with Shreyas Iyer. In Delhi’s previous meeting against Mumbai at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Pant had turned the game on its head with an unbeaten 78 off 27 balls. However, since that innings, Rishabh Pant has blown hot and cold in the IPL. Moreover, he was omitted from India’s World Cup squad and as a standby, he was keen to show his worth.

Delhi Capitas, meanwhile, slipped to further trouble after Rahul Chahar bowled Shreyas Iyer with a perfect leg-spinner’s delivery and the onus was firmly on Pant who now had Patel for company at the crease.

Rishabh Pant was Delhi Capitals’ last hope but he could not get going at all. He was bowled for 7 off 11 by Jasprit Bumrah when he came back for his 2nd over as DC slipped to 76 for 5 in the 14th over.

Axar Patel can bat and Chris Morris can play the big shots but the steeply climbing asking rate meant Pant’s dismissal was endgame for Delhi Capitals and it was a matter of time before their 3-match winning streak came to an end.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat much to Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer’s surprise. But Rohit and Quinton de Kock powered MI to an aggressive start – Rohit was the more attacking of the two and he became only the 3rd Indian batsman to score 8000 T20 runs before becoming Amit Mishra’s 150th wicket in the Indian Premier League.

Ben Cutting was sent up the order at No.3 but he was dismissed cheaply by Axar Patel. Mumbai Indians lost their way in the middle as de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav fell without really accelerating in the key overs.

It was left to the Pandya brothers – Krunal and Hardik to do some damage at the end. Hardik Pandya took the initiative and played some mind-numbing shots against Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada.

Krunal was not as fluent as Hardik but he finished unbeaten on 37 off 26 – his knock included 5 fours and helped Mumbai Indians finish with a respectable total.

MI owed their eventual 168 for 5 to the Pandya brothers – the last 3 overs brought 50 runs for the team after Delhi Capitals had applied the brake in the middle overs.

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Source: indiatoday.in

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