Delhi Capitals 132 for 6 (Iyer 33*, Pant 26) beat Mumbai Indians 129/8 (Suryakumar 33, Avesh Khan 3/15, Axar 3-21) by 4 wickets.
Sharjah: The things went right down to the wire, but Delhi Capitals (DC) held their nerve and beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by four wickets in Match 46 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) in Sharjah on Saturday.
Shreyas Iyer scored a vital 33* while R Ashwin chipped in with an unbeaten 20 and helped DC secure their ninth win of the season.
Needing 130 runs to win, DC lost Shikhar Dhawan early as Kieron Pollard’s direct hit caught the left-hander short of his crease in the second over. DC then lost Prithvi Shaw as Krunal Pandya got the right-hander out LBW in the third over.
Nathan Coulter-Nile then disturb the timber in the fifth over as Steve Smith got out as MI picked three wickets in the powerplay.
DC skipper Rishabh Pant counter-attacked and scored a quickfire 26 with the help of 3 fours and a six. But MI managed to cut short his knock as Jayant Yadav struck in the 9th over of the DC chase.
While Iyer stayed put, MI managed to strike at regular intervals and reduced DC to 93/6 as Axar Patel and Shimron Hetmyer got out in the 12th and 14th overs respectively.
Ashwin, who replaced Hetmyer in the middle, and Iyer joined forces. The pair kept calm and put up an unbeaten 39-run stand to take DC home.
Earlier, MI and DC both made a change each to their playing XI as Jayant Yadav and Prithvi Shaw were named in the respective teams.
MI, who were put into bat, lost Rohit Sharma in the second over as Avesh Khan struck in his first over. Suryakumar Yadav announced his arrival to the crease in some style, cracking a six on the third ball he faced. DC though largely kept things tight with the ball and gave away just 35 runs in the powerplay.
DC picked the second MI wicket in the seventh over as Axar Patel got the better of de Kock. In the eighth over, Suryakumar took on R Ashwin, creaming a six and two fours as MI moved past fifty.
Axar Patel then added two more wickets to his tally. The DC all-rounder dismissed Suryakumar in the 11th over & then got the wicket of Saurabh Tiwary in the 13th over.
Anrich Nortje then got Kieron Pollard out as DC reduced MI to 87/5. While Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya added 22 runs to take MI past, Avesh’s double-wicket penultimate over helped DC see the back of Hardik and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Although Krunal & Jayant hit a six each in the final over, DC restricted MI to 129/8.