Mumbai Indians crushed a slumping Delhi Capitals by nine wickets to make it to the Qualifier of the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
Fast bowlers Trent Boult and Jaspreet Bumrah shared six wickets between them to restrict Delhi to tournament’s second low total of 110-9 in 20 overs. Openers Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock eased the chase leading Mumbai to 111-1 in just 14.2 overs.
If the victory seemed inevitable for Mumbai, Delhi might now have to pay the price for their crushing defeat after they were condemned to their fourth consecutive defeat, and this time putting them behind on net run rate.
With Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad still in the mix, run rate might decide the team’s fate for the playoffs. Delhi have 14 points, while Punjab, Rajasthan and Kolkata tied on 12 points each with one match left.
Hyderabad, on 10 points, will have ball in their court as they still got two matches left and play Royal Challengers Bangalore in penultimate game later in the day. Bangalore, also playing their 13th game, have 14 points and a victory would likely fix them the Qualifier date with Mumbai who have 18 points.
Delhi’s horrendous batting continued to haunt them from the beginning after losing openers Shikhar Dhawan (duck) and Prithvi Shaw (10) inside three overs. Dhawan now has a peculiar record of consecutive centuries and consecutive ducks in the tournament.
Shreya Iyer and Rishabh Pant (21) offered a brief ressistance with 35-run partnership before the slide resumed with the dismissal of Delhi captain. Iyer top scored with 25 off 29 with a six and a four.
Bumrah took 3-17 and Boult had the figures of 3-21 in their collective eight overs. Mumbai hardly flinched in their chase as Kishan and De Kock (26) laid the foundation for the victory with 68-run opening wicket stand. Kishan did most of the scoring smashing a 47-ball 72. His innings included eight fours and three sixes.