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Mumbai prevail over Delhi in a battle for first round supremacy

Mumbai Indians survived a late wobble to prevail over Delhi Capitals in a battle of supremacy with a five-wicket victory in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

In the match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi where a victory would ensure top spot for any of the side after the completion of first round, Mumbai got an edge in the game restricting Delhi to 162-4.

Quinton de Kock and Surya Kumar Yadav replied with half centuries before the middle order finished off the game leading Mumbai to 166-5 with two balls to spare.

Mumbai now lead the table on a healthy run rate after both of the teams were tied on 10 points each. A victory for Delhi would have given them a huge advantage for the second round. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will complete the first round on Monday with both teams on eight points each.

Mumbai didn’t let Delhi’s top order to build the momentum and kept the run rate on check. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer brought the biggest partnership of the day adding 85 runs for the third wicket but that was all Delhi could cheer for. Mumbai, particularly, bowled brilliantly in the last three overs to restrict Delhi to a mediocre total.

Dhawan notched-up his tournament-high 69 off 52 with six fours and a six, while Iyer’s 33-ball 42 included five hits to the fence. Krunal Pandya took 2-26 from four overs for Mumbai, while Jaspreet Bumrah was also economical with none for 26.

After De Kock’s departure, Surya Kumar Yadav eased the chase for Mumbai. PHOTO: BCCI/IPL

De Kock did most of the scoring in his 31-run opening wicket partnership with Rohit Sharma (five) and 46 for the second wicket with Yadav. He played fluently to score 53 off 36 and fell to R Ashwin. De Kock hit four boundaries and three sixes. After his departure, Surya Kumar Yadav took off from where it was left.

Yadav and Ishan Kishan 53 runs for the third wicket and when the former departed Mumbai were well withing the reach of the target on net run rate. Mumbai did lose Hadrik Pandya (duck) and Kishan (28 off 16) but Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya negotiated with the target sensibly.

Mumbai needed 10 runs from the last two overs and Anrich Nortje left it for Marcus Stoinis in the last over with seven runs to defend. Krunal hit a four off the first ball and a took single off second. Pollard gave the strike back to Krunal and the allrounder sealed the victory with boundary.

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