Mumbai Indians come tantalizingly close but wither away ultimately

 

Delhi Daredevils (174-4) beat Mumbai Indians (163-10) by 11 runs to knock them out of IPL 2018 as DD have a graceful exit from the tournament after clinching back to back victories.

When MI stepped into this match, all they had on their mind was to beat DD. If they had managed to do that, they would have been through to the playoffs irrespective of the Net Run Rate. Coming off victories against some of the hotshots of the league, experts predicted an easy win for Mumbai.

However, with a late resurgence – too late to help their own cause though – DD were always on the brink of spoiling the party of some team or the other. As it turned out, MI were that team.

DD experimented with their batting order to send Glen Maxwell (22) to open while batting first. He along with Prithvi Shaw were going nicely with a Run Rate of 10 as they were 30 for naught after the end of 3 overs.

However, it was a school boy error from Prithvi Shaw (12) which broke the opening stand. Shaw did not ground his bat while running back to his crease and had to make the long walk to the pavilion. Maxwell was soon chopped on off Jasprit Bumrah’s (4-29-1) quick fuller delivery.

It was then time for Rishabh Pant (64, 44b) to notch up yet another free flowing half century. Vijay Shankar (43) played a good hand at the back end of the innings as Delhi ended at 174 for 4. On a slow pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, this was a good total but given the firepower in MI’s batting line up, anything was possible.

When Mumbai came out to chase, Evin Lewis (48, 31b) started strong, taking a special liking for the off-spinners of Glen Maxwell (2-19-0) but got no support from the middle order batsmen. After Rohit Sharma (13) and Hardik Pandya(27)  departed, it was always going to be a difficult chase.

For DD, spinners Amit Mishra (4-19-3, MoM) and Sandeep Lamichhane (4-36-3) had the measure of the MI batsmen. Although Ben Cutting (37, 20b) kept Mumbai’s hopes alive till the last over, MI fell short by 11 runs once he was dismissed by Trent Boult (4-33-1).

This marks the end of the campaigns of both Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018.

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