Mumbai, March 24: Rishabh Pant once again proved why he's touted as the next big thing in the world cricket with his blistering innings. The left-handed batsman hammered an unbeaten 78 off 27 deliveries to propel Delhi Capitals to a mammoth 213/6 after Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma elected to chase.
Batting at an incredible strike rate of 288.89, Pant changed the course of the game with his destructive knock. The left-handed batsman walked into the middle to bat at No.5 and played some exquisite and unorthodox shots.
Shikhar Dhawan (43) and Colin Ingram (47) also made vital contributions with the bat before Delhi lost two wickets in the power play itself. Prithvi Shaw and captain Shreyas Iyer departed cheaply in the first six overs before Dhawan and Ingram revived the innings. But it was Pant's blitzkrieg that ensured Mumbai Indians had a mountain to climb from ball one.
Walking into the middle in the run chase, Mumbai were two down in the powerplay itself and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Yuvraj Singh (53) was the top-scorer for Mumbai as the veteran refreshed the memories of his previous innings.
Kagiso Rabada (23-2) starred with the ball for Delhi Capitals before Ishant Sharma gave early blows to the hosts in the run chase.
Here's how the match between MI and DC transpired:
Clinical performance by Delhi Capitals bowlers as they outclass Mumbai Indians every department. However, that explosive knock of Rishabh Pant set the tone for the visitors and the bowlers capitalised upon the huge total.
Wicket! McClenaghan dismissed for 10 and Bumrah won't be batting. Delhi Capitals have thrashed Mumbai Indians by 37 runs.
Wicket! Yuvraj Singh's innings comes to an end for 53. Second wicket for Rabada and fourth catch for Tewatia in this innings. MI - 170/8 in 18.1 overs.
MI - 168/7 in 18 overs. 46 needed from 12 deliveries
Fifty for Yuvraj Singh off 33 deliveries. He's started this season on a positive note.
Review lost! Ben Cutting (3) went upstairs to review the caught behind dismissal. Ultra-edge showed there was a nick. Kagiso Rabada gets his first wicket of the match. MI - 153/7 in 16.2 overs.
SIX!!! Yuvraj Singh hammers two maximums in that over bowled by Axar Patel. 16 runs came from it as Mumbai reach 150/6 in 16 over. They still need 64 from 24 balls. Will Mumbai be able to take it to the final over from this stage?
Wicket! Slower one from Trent Boult and Krunal (32) failed to generate power and hence the ball didn't clear the fence. Rahul Tewatia takes his third catch of the innings. MI - 134/6 in 15 overs.
6,0,0,4,4,1 = 15 runs came from that over bowled by Ishant. MI- 123/5 after 14 overs.
6,0,0,4,4,1 = 15 runs came from that over bowled by Ishant. MI- 123/5 after 14 overs.
MI - 108/5 after 13 overs. 106 needed from 42 balls.
Wicket! Hardik Pandya (0) is caught and bowled by Axar Patel. Good captaincy from Shreyas Iyer to bring Axar into the attack despite going for runs in his previous over. MI - 95/5. They are looking in deep trouble.
Wicket! Mistimed shot from Kieron Pollard (21) and Rahul Tewatia takes another well-judged catch in the deep. Keemo Paul gets his first IPL scalp.
4,1,4,1,6,4! 20 run leaked by Axar Patel from his first over. MI - 89/3 after 10 overs.
Four! Trademark Yuvraj Singh shot towards deep backward point off Keemo Paul and crowd at Wankhede breaks into a loud cheer as the veteran cricketer gets his first boundary. MI - 69/3 after 9 overs.
SIX!! Kieron Pollard ends Tewatia's over with a Maxxxxxiimummmmm! He started the over with a boundary and ended it with a maximum. MI - 61/3 in 8 overs.
Tidy over from Rabada, just 3 came from it. Mumbai Indians - 49/3 after 7 overs. They need 165 more from 78 balls at 12.69 runs per over.
Wicket! Ishant Sharma strikes again! Quinton de Kock (27) hits directly into the hands of Trent Boult at fine-leg as Mumbai lose the second wicket in this over. MI - 45/3 after 5.5 overs.
4,4! Quinton de Kock has decided to keep attacking. Gets back-to-back boundaries off Ishant. He seems to be unfazed with the fall of wickets on the other end.
Run Out! A direct-hit from Shreyas Iyer ends Suryakumar Yadav's stay at the crease. Surya was way short of the boundary and he walks back for 2. MI - 37/2 after 5.1 overs.
Kagiso Rabada bowls his first over and concedes four from it. The right-arm pacer was troubling the batters with his sheer pace. MI - 37/1 after 5 overs.
Wicket! Rohit Sharma (14) skies it and Rahul Tewatia takes a well-judged catch in the deep. Ishant draws first blood for DC. MI - 33/1 after 3.3 overs.
4,6,4! Quinton de Kock is looking to accelerate as he gets 14 runs off consecutive deliveries bowled by Trent Boult. MI - 28/0 after 3 overs as 17 runs came from it.
0,1,1,0,4,0! First boundary for Mumbai Indians came in the second over. Rohit got a boundary off Ishant. MI - 11/0 after 2 overs as they chase 214 against Delhi.
Cautious start for Mumbai Indians as the score 5/0 after 1st over.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock begin Mumbai Indians' run chase. Trent Boult starts with the new ball for Delhi Capitals.
This is the first 200-plus total of the season.
End of innings! Delhi Capitals end innings at 213/6. But there is a reason to worry as Bumrah has hurt his right shoulder while fielding the final delivery.
SIX! Bumrah bowls the final over and Rishabh Pant hammers him for a maximum to bring up 200 for Delhi Capitals.
1,2,6,Wd,6,4! Rishabh Pant hammers 21 runs from the final over bowled by debutant Rasikh Dar. He's looking in ominous touch. Pant is batting at 71 off 24 balls. DC - 198/6 after 19 overs.
Rishabh Pant brings up his half-century with a boundary off Bumrah. He's took just 18 deliveries.
SIX! Helicopter shot from Rishab Pant!! Yorker from Bumrah and Pant dispatches it into the stands. Dhoni must be pleased to see that shot from his heir apparent.
Four & Wicket! Axar Patel starts his innings with a boundary. But he departs on the very next delivery. DC - 165/6.
Wicket! Third wicket for Mitchell McClenaghan comes in the form of Keemo Paul (3). It was a top-edge from the batsman and Quinton de Kock pouched it easily. DC - 157/5 in 16.5 overs.
150 comes up for Delhi Capitals in the 17th over. Pant is dealing only in boundaries and maximums.
6,4,6! Rishabh Pant pulls Hardik Pandya for a maximum, followed by a four towards long off, and ends the over with another maximum over mid-wicket. Hardik couldn't believe his eyes with the variety of strokes played by Pant. DC - 149/4 after 16 overs.
Keemo Paul comes into the middle for DC.
Wicket! Hardik Pandya is brought into the attack for the final time and strikes immediately. Dhawan (43) gives a simple catch to Suryakumar in the deep. The southpaw was looking to accelarate his innings. Eventually, his first innings for Delhi Capital comes to an end. DC - 131/4 after 15.1 overs.
4 & 6! A mishit from @RishabPant777 and the ball went towards the thirdman boundary. SIX- The left-handed batsman pulled the bowler for a maximum. It had Pant's class written all over. DC - 131/3 after 15 overs.
Four! Brilliant shot from Rishabh Pant towards the fine-leg boundary. The ball landed marginally short of the boundary, else it would have been a maximum.
0,0,0,0,1,1! Just 2 runs conceded by Hardik Pandya and he kept Rishabh Pant silent in that over. That wicket of Ingram has shifted the momentum in Mumbai's favour. DC - 114/3 after 14 overs.
Rishabh Pant is into the middle!
Much-needed wicket! Dangerous-looking Colin Ingram departs for 47 as he's caught in the deep by Hardik Pandya off Ben Cutting. A much-needed breakthrough for the hosts. DC - 112/3 after 13 overs.
Four! Colin Ingram hits another beautiful boundary off Ben Cutting. He's dealing in boundaries now.
7 runs conceded by Jasprit Bumrah and Delhi Capitals reach 102/2 after 13 overs.
0,4,0,4,4,1! 13 runs came from that over bowled by Krunal Pandya. All three boundaries came from Colin Ingram's bat towards off side. DC - 95/2 after 11 overs.
Colin Ingram is finally showing the IPL what he has shown leagues around the world— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 24, 2019
SIX! Upper cut from Dhawan off McClenaghan towards third man region. Looks like Gabbar has found his grooves and his nerves have settled. DC - 82/2 after 10 overs.
Four! Krunal Pandya has been brought into the attack and Ingram welcomes him with a boundary towards mid-wicket region. Ingram is batting on 24 off 15 balls.
SIX! Colin Ingram goes on the back foot and pulls Hardik Pandya for a maximum over mid-wicket. DC - 62/2 after 8 overs.
Brilliant over from Rasikh as just 4 came from it. DC - 49/2 after 7 overs.
Hardik Pandya bowls the final over of the powerplay and concedes 9 from it, including a boundary. DC - 45/2 after 6 overs. Dhawan - 13* Ingram - 7*
Jasprit Bumrah bowls his first over and concedes just 3 from it. DC - 36/2. Ingram and Dhawan are present into the middle. They should cement a partnership.
Wicket! Shreyas Iyer departs for (16) as strikes again. Keiron Pollard takes a sensational diving catch to end the innings of Delhi Capitals' captain. Another splendid comeback from McClenaghan. DC - 29/2.
SIX!! Shreyas frees his arms and dispatches McClenaghan over long off region for a maximum.
Four! A boundary to end the over. It was a Free Hit delivery from Rasikh Dar and Shreyas Iyer cuts it fine towards the third man boundary. DC - 22/1 after 3 overs.
Four! Shreyas Iyer hits Rasikh Dar over covers for a boundary. Confident stroke from Mumbaikar who is leading Delhi Capitals.
Tidy over from the Kiwi pacer. Just five came from it along with the big wicket of dangerous Prithvi Shaw. DC - 11/1 after 2 overs.
Four and OUT! Prithvi Shaw picks up Mitchell McClenaghan and hits the left-arm pacer over mid-wicket. The NZ pacer comes back strongly to get the youngster caught behind for 7. Quinton de Kock takes a simple catch as Shaw edges the ball. DC - 10/1 in 1.3 overs.
Superb first over from Rasikh Salam as he concedes just 6 from it despite bowling a No Ball. DC - 6/0 after 1 over. Mitchell McClenaghan bowls the second over.
Young pacer from J&K Rasikh Dar starts with the new ball for Mumbai and he bowls a No Ball. But doesn't concedes a boundary or a six on the free-hit delivery.
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are into the middle to open Delhi Capitals' innings.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rasikh Salam, Jasprit Bumrah.
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma.
Toss: Mumbai Indians have won the toss and they have elected to field against Delhi Capitals
Both the teams are preparing in the field for the first match.