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Krunal Pandya's bludgeoning knock keeps Mumbai Indians alive

Krunal Pandya's bludgeoning knock keeps Mumbai Indians alive
Jasprit Bumrah picked three wickets and conceded just 13 runs.
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Mumbai Indians 206-4 (Panda 86) beat
Delhi Daredevils 126 (de Kock 40) by 80 runs.
47th Match, Indian Premier League, Visakhapatnam

Krunal Pandya smashed a 37-ball 86 and also took two wickets as Mumbai Indians piled on 206 for four in 20 overs before bowling Delhi Daredevils out for 126 runs to secure an 80-run victory in the 47th match of the Indian Premier League in Visakhapatnam.

Delhi Daredevils opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Rohit Sharma (31) started strongly with a four and a six in the very first over.

In the fourth over, Chris Morris (2-34) was taken apart for 14 runs with Martin Guptill (48) and Sharma hitting a six each.

Two tight overs from Zaheer Khan (1-23) and Shahbaz Nadeem (0-42) restricted Mumbai Indians to 45 for naught in the powerplay.

The introduction of Amit Mishra (1-42) saw Sharma being caught at backward point in the seventh over. Pandya (86) was promoted to counter the spin attack.

Pandya responded by smashing a two fours and a six and took Mumbai Indians to 84 for one at the halfway stage. In the 13th over, Imran Tahir (0-59) was taken apart for 23 runs, with both Pandya and Guptill playing the big shots.

In the next over, Pandya clobbered Nadeem for a four and a six and brought up his maiden IPL fifty in 22 balls. The 98-run stand between Pandya and Guptill was broken when Khan had Guptill caught at long off.

With five overs to go, Mumbai Indians were placed at 144 for two. Pandya did not hold back as he smashed Mishra for two sixes and a four in the 16th over and followed it up with another six in the 17th.

Morris pulled things back by dismissing Pandya and Kieron Pollard (3) in the 18th over. However, Ambati Rayudu (13 not out) and Jos Buttler (18 not out) played enterprising cameos to take Mumbai Indians to 206 for four in 20 overs.

In a tall chase, Vinay Kumar (1-33) castled Mayank Agarwal (8) in the second over. However, Quinton de Kock (40) got stuck into Kumar and took him apart for three fours and a six in the fourth over.

Mumbai Indians fought back with the wicket of Karun Nair (8) in the fifth over, caught at short fine leg off Harbhajan Singh (1-34). At the end of the powerplay, Delhi Daredevils scored 49 for two.

A misunderstanding between de Kock and Sanju Samson (6) saw the latter being run out in the eighth over.

In the 10th over, de Kock was given caught behind off Pandya (2-15) but there was no evidence of an edge. 126 runs were needed at the halfway stage with Delhi Daredevils having only six wickets in hand.

A double strike from Jasprit Bumrah (3-13) saw JP Duminy (9) and Rishabh Pant (23) fall in successive balls in the 13th over. The required rate kept climbing and Delhi Daredevils needed 99 runs from five overs.

Mishra (1), Morris (20) and Tahir (5) fell in successive overs. Pandya wrapped up an 80-run win in style by castling Khan (2) to bowling Delhi Daredevils out for 126 runs.

The defeat saw Delhi Daredevils drop from the fourth place to the fifth spot. Mumbai Indians are now placed third. Pandya’s all-round heroics fetched him the man of the match.

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