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Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians: Talking points

Source: IPL

Mumbai Indians continued their winning spree as they registered their fourth successive victory against Delhi Capitals. Set a target of 163, the Mumbai Indians team chased down the target with 5 wickets in hand to go on top of the table.

Here are the talking points from the game:

 

Shikhar Dhawan’s batting approach

Opener Shikhar Dhawan ended with a 69 in 52 deliveries, but many critics were left asking if he batted a tad bit slowly. The Mumbai Indians bowlers bowled excellently at him, and the left-hander’s limited range of shots in the format meant that he could never get the asking rate up.

He did not make the best use of the crease and was unable to get under the bowlers’ line and lengths. Dhawan did not give himself enough room to hit any of the Mumbai bowlers, something that Marcus Stoinis did to perfection. The Aussie was run-out in the death overs, and it was up to Dhawan to take his team to a score of around 175, but he was unable to break the shackles, which meant that Delhi found themselves at least 10 runs short around the halfway stage.

 

Suryakumar needs to play for Team India soon

Suryakumar Yadav has been on a roll in the last few years – both in the IPL and in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament – and it is surprising to see that he is yet to get an international call-up. The middle-order batsman has proved time and again that he can adapt his game according to the team’s need to perfection, which is something that he did against Delhi as well. After the loss of Quinton de Kock’s wicket, Suryakumar took his time in to get a feel of the track but once he got his eye in, he was unstoppable – hitting six fours and a six in his knock of 53 off just 32 balls.

The Indian team have struggled to find finishers in the T20I set-up of late, and it will not be the worst time to vall Suryakumar into the team and groom him ahead of the World Cup next year.

Rabada’s consistency

Delhi Capitals, who bought on board Kagiso Rabada for just INR 4.7 crores, will be mighty pleased with the form of the ace bowler. The youngster picked up another 2-wicket haul against Mumbai – his sixth game this IPL where he has picked up 2 or more wickets – to move to 17 wickets in the 2020 season. Rabada has played 25 IPL games in his career thus far, and what remains impressive is that he has picked up at least a wicket in 21 games!

This postgraduate in English Literature from Kolkata has taken on the tough task of limiting the mystic world of cricket to a few hundred words. A firm believer that Kohli is a wizard with the willow, she spends her time awaiting the next Indian spring triumph.

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