Avesh, Axar And Iyer Sink Mumbai Indians

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Avesh, Axar And Iyer Sink Mumbai IndiansAvesh and Axar bagged three wickets each.

Avesh Khan, Axar Patel and Anrich Nortje led a disciplined effort with the ball in yet another low-scoring game in Sharjah which Delhi Capitals won by four wickets with five deliveries to spare against Mumbai Indians. The Capitals top-order appeared to let the bowlers down and it took a measured, unbeaten partnership of 39 runs off 36 balls for the seventh wicket between Shreyas Iyer and R Ashwin to help DC to their ninth win in 12 matches as they chased down a target of 130. The loss was Mumbai's seventh out of 12 games, and their fourth in the UAE leg.

Mumbai's sedate start

Not quite, as they conformed to the norms of PowerPlay scores for teams batting first in the last three games in Sharjah – at least one wicket going down and a scoring rate of less than 7. Despite Rohit Sharma starting off with a four off Nortje, Avesh tempted the Mumbai skipper with a short delivery outside off to have him caught at thirdman. Quinton de Kock scored a four off Avesh and a six off Kagiso Rabada playing a ramp shot while Suryakumar Yadav executed a flat sweep over the deep square leg ropes off Ashwin. But Mumbai scored only 35 in the first six overs, playing as many as 20 dots including the wicket ball – 14 of those coming in the four overs bowled by Avesh and Nortje combined.

Axar strikes keep MI in check

The pressure to up the ante resulted in the dismissal of de Kock, who reached out to a widish, loopy delivery from Axar and sliced it to backward point to depart for 19 off 18. Suryakumar, meanwhile, got the better of Ashwin again with his sweep shots as he struck a couple of boundaries in the offie's second over. He also put away a full toss from Rabada for a six, helping Mumbai to 66/2 after 10 overs. A promising start from Suryakumar was cut short by Axar as the batter hit a low full toss to long on to head back for a 26-ball 33. Saurabh Tiwary was rotating the strike well and even struck a straight four off Axar but he eventually top-edged a slog as the left-arm spinner finished with 3-21.

Avesh and Nortje combine to restrict MI

Adding to Mumbai's pressure was a wicket-maiden from Nortje in the 15th over as he had Pollard under-edging the ball onto the stumps. Avesh backed it up with another tight over, giving away just a single. Only 22 runs were scored in the six overs following the 10th, making it an even tougher endeavour for Mumbai to set a challenging total. A struggling Krunal took eight deliveries to get off the mark before he pulled a short ball from Rabada for the first four after 35 deliveries. Hardik went straight over Nortje's head in the 18th over for his first four while he put away a short delivery and saw Shreyas Iyer misfield. Notwithstanding the two fours, Nortje finished with 1-19 while Avesh Khan registered excellent figures of 3-15, with the wickets of Hardik and Nathan Coulter-Nile in his last over. Together, Nortje and Avesh bowled as many as 31 dots combined (including four wickets) and despite an off day Ashwin, who was struck for two sixes in his last over to finish with 1-41, Mumbai only managed 63 in the last 10 overs.

How did Delhi Capitals fare in the PowerPlay?

It was a promising start when Prithvi Shaw punched a drive through cover off Trent Boult for a four while Shikhar Dhawan lofted a Yadav delivery over cover for a maximum. But Dhawan took on Pollard's arm and paid for the mistake while Shaw was out leg before, with Krunal coaxing Rohit to take the review. The wickets did not deter the Capitals batters from playing their shots as Rishabh Pant slog-swept a Krunal delivery for a six and Steven Smith sent a Jasprit Bumrah half-tracker over the fence. But Mumbai hit back through Coulter-Nile as he had his compatriot bowled around his legs. Pant then almost chopped a Coulter-Nile delivery on to the stumps, with the ball going to the boundary, and ended the PowerPlay with two fours off Bumrah as DC scored 46/3 in the first six overs.

MI chip away but DC close in

Pant's adventurous knock ended in the ninth over when he mis-timed a Yadav delivery to long on. With boundaries drying up, the Capitals got only 19 runs in the subsequent four overs to be 65/4 after 10 overs. Axar, promoted ahead of Shimron Hetmyer, hit the first four after 29 deliveries when he struck Pollard over mid off. However, he was out leg-before to Boult after missing a pull as Mumbai continued to chip away. Hetmyer eased the pressure with a couple of fours off Yadav in the 13th over, with the offspinner finishing with 1-31. Hetmyer, however, was deceived by an off cutter from Bumrah to leave the Capitals six down, needing 37 more off 41 balls.

Iyer, Ashwin help DC over the line

It came down to 30 off 30 as Bumrah and Coulter-Nile kept things tight, much like Nortje and Avesh did earlier. But they still had to contend with Shreyas, who was happy dealing in singles and taking it deep. Shreyas also put away a short delivery from Coulter-Nile for a crucial boundary in the 17th over while he also managed a boundary off Bumrah to bring a sense of calm in the Delhi camp. Iyer received good support from Ashwin, who was making amends for his expensive bowling with risk-free batting that took the game further away from Mumbai. With four needed off the final over, Krunal was asked to bowl but he couldn't do much as Ashwin finished it off with a six over deep midwicket.

Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 129/8 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 33; Avesh Khan 3-15, Axar Patel 3-21) lost to Delhi Capitals 132/6 in 19.1 overs (Shreyas Iyer 33*, Rishabh Pant 26; Trent Boult 1-24) by 4 wickets.

Where next for the teams:

Mumbai Indians have an an engrossing battle for a playoffs spot with this loss, tied on 10 points with Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings, with all three teams having played 12 matches each. Mumbai stay back in Sharjah for their game against Rajasthan Royals on October 5. Delhi Capitals, already assured of a playoffs spot and currently second, will be aiming to further strengthen their bid for a top-two finish when they take on table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on October 4.

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