On another low-scoring thriller on Tuesday night on a turning Chepauk wicket, Mumbai won the toss and chose to bat first. They lost Quinton de Kock early but the decision proved right as skipper Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav went off to a flyer. At one point Mumbai was looking to post a huge total as they were 67-1 after 7 overs when they lost Surya to Avesh Khan. Since then Mumbai faced another middle-order collapse as they found themselves struggling at 84-6 after 12 overs.
Ishan Kishan and Jayant Yadav settled the ship and added some runs but Amit Mishra’s leg-spin proved too tough to deal with for Mumbai batsmen as the old customer ended his figures with 4-24 in his spell of four overs. Mumbai somehow crawled to a total of 137-9 after 20.
But the pitched slowed down and started to turn square during the second innings, which meant Mumbai was always in the game as runs were hard to come by. Delhi still made sure they didn’t lose quick wickets but that came at cost of slow runs as new batsmen find it hard to rotate the strike on a rank turner.
Dhawan and Steve Smith got starts and just when they looked like unleashing lost their wickets. Promoted to no.4 Lalit Yadav struggled to score against the strong spin attack of Mumbai. That meant Delhi needed 15 off the last two as Bumrah came in to bowl the second last over. The match was still in the balance as Mumbai has won the last two matches from similar situations.
Bumrah though wasn’t able to pull off his past heroics as he ended up bowling two no-balls on otherwise what could have been a match-winning over. Those two extra balls including the free hits cost Mumbai six runs and the match was all but over adding to which the stand-in captain Pollard bowled another no-ball to give the winning runs to Delhi.