IPL 2019: Match 34, DC vs MI – Mumbai Indians Player Ratings

MI certainly managed to avenge their previous loss against DC with a thoroughly convincing win in Delhi.

Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya
Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

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The Delhi Capitals had stormed into the fortress of the Mumbai Indians, the Wankhede Stadium, earlier this season. Rishabh Pant’s scintillating fifty had seen the MI camp face a defeat in front of their home crowd. Now, the stage was set for the reverse fixture between the two sides in this season of the IPL. MI certainly managed to avenge their previous loss with a thoroughly convincing win over the Capitals in Delhi. For the hosts, losing wickets in clusters proved fatal yet again. They need to address the issue before it gets too late.

Coming to the proceedings of the match, Rohit Sharma won the toss for the Mumbai Indians and opted to bat first. The MI openers added 57 runs for the opening wicket but then ended up losing three wickets in the span of 3 overs. The momentum took a hit after the openers were dismissed in their thirties, and the onus was on the lower middle order to provide a final flourish. The Pandya brother joined hands to account for a cumulative of 69 runs in 41 balls to help their side post 168/5 in the stipulated 20 overs.

In the run chase, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw provided a great start to DC with 49 runs for the opening wicket. For the next 14 runs that was added to the DC scorecard, MI managed to pick up 4 wickets. The hosts could never really recover from this massive shock and were only playing the catch-up game for the remainder of the innings. The innings folded out at 128/9 in 20 overs and Mumbai Indians won by 40 runs.

Here are the MI Player Ratings for the match:

Rohit Sharma – 5/10

Rohit Sharma’s story of the season has been quite similar across all the games. The veteran opener has managed to get decent starts but has failed to take it further once the powerplays are done and dusted. Rohit had a similar storyline in Delhi as well. He looked good for his 22-ball 30, which was studded with a six and three fours. Once the powerplay was over, he was cleaned up by Amit Mishra on the very first ball post the powerplay.

Quinton de Kock – 5/10

Quinton de Kock had a brilliant run with the bat a couple of matches ago. That provided a lot of hopes to the MI fans that their wicketkeeper-batter has struck good form at the right time in the tournament. But de Kock seems to have hit the Rohit Sharma-bug too. Even he has been getting starts but has been largely unsuccessful in converting them to big scores. De Kock scored 35 that came off 27 deliveries, with a couple of sixes and as many number of fours.

Ben Cutting – 2/10

Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting made a comeback to the playing eleven in this match. Over the last couple of seasons, Cutting has largely been underused and the critics have often called out for more opportunities for this talented cricketer. In this game, MI management did care to do so. Cutting was sent out to bat at number three and he had 14 overs at his disposal to show his strut. Unfortunately, he could only score 2 off the 4 balls that he faced. He did not get an opportunity to bowl.

Suryakumar Yadav – 4/10

Suryakumar Yadav is one of the batting mainstays of the MI middle-order. Yadav walked in to bat at a time when the visitors had lost two quick wickets and lost another one soon after. Yadav had to rebuild the innings and he did manage to do that to some extent. Batting with Krunal Pandya, he managed to see off the tough period. However, he did not look at his comfortable best. He consumed 27 balls for his 26 runs and hit just two fours.

Krunal Pandya – 8.5/10

With wickets falling at one end, the Mumbai Indians needed someone to stay at the crease till the very end. Krunal Pandya played this role to perfection in this game. He was slow to start off but soon picked up pace as the innings progressed. Krunal remained unbeaten on 37 off 26 balls as he top scored for his side in the match. Later in the game, he bowled a couple of overs and picked up Colin Munro’s wicket with a 108kmph darter and conceded only 7 runs.

Hardik Pandya – 8/10

Hardik Pandya has struck sublime hitting form with the bat. This comes as a big boost not only to the MI camp but also for the fans of the Indian cricket team. Time and again, Hardik has shown that he has the capability of hitting big at will. After his match-winning heroics against RCB in the last game, he smashed 32 off 15 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes in this match as well. With the ball in hand, he bowled two overs and conceded 17 runs with a wicket under his belt.

Kieron Pollard – Not Assigned

Kieron Pollard did not get a chance to bat in this game. He walked in to bat in the final over of the MI innings but did not get the strike.

Jayant Yadav – 5/10

A couple of years ago, Jayant Yadav had become a household name in Indian cricket. He had a dream IPL season and soon he managed to make the cut in the national side as well. Yadav, who has a Test ton to his name, went off the radar their after. He got to play his first match of the season and he was up against his previous franchise. Yadav had a decent run with the ball as he conceded 25 runs in his four overs. Against his liking, he could not fetch a wicket for his side.

Rahul Chahar – 9/10

Rahul Chahar was the pick of the bowlers for MI in this match. Chahar ran through the DC top order to give a massive dent to Delhi’s chances in the match. He gave the first jolt to the Capitals by dismissing their senior player Shikhar Dhawan. He then managed to dismiss Prithvi Shaw and the DC skipper Shreyas Iyer in quick succession. He finished his very economical spell with figures of 3/19 to his name.

Lasith Malinga – 5/10

Lasith Malinga managed to pick up one wicket in this game. He dismissed Chris Morris in the 17th over the chase. Barring this solitary moment of success, the veteran Sri Lankan looked slightly off-shade in this match. He bowled his complete quota of four overs and was quite expensive among all the bowlers used by MI in the match. He finished with 1/37 in his spell.

Jasprit Bumrah – 8/10

The hopes of the Delhi Capitals were pinned on Rishabh Pant, who they expected to go big in the run chase. But Jasprit Bumrah had other plans. The Indian bowling spearhead knocked out Pant with a brilliant delivery to shatter the woodwork. Bumrah hit the timber again as he dismissed Axar Patel too. He looked in prolific form with the ball and returned with impressive figures of 2/18.

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