Hardik once again showed why he is such a dangerous batsman in the death overs as he used the long handle to excellent effect to dig out the low full tosses and attempted yorkers. Coming in to bat at number 6, the Mumbai Indians all rounder played a couple of eye catching shots en-route to a breezy 15 ball 32 to power the Mumbai Indians to a challenging 168/5 against the Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Thursday.
Pandya hit 2 fours and 3 sixes in his 15 ball 32 but the best of the match certainly came in the 20th over of the match when he played the helicopter shot to perfection to deposit Kagiso Rabada over long on for a maximum. It was a fuller length delivery from the Rabada and Pandya, who was deep in his crease, rolled his wrists as the ball sailed all the way into the stands.
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Rabada came back strongly to dismiss Pandya on the very next delivery but his brother Krunal took over from where he left, adding 10 runs after his dismissal as Mumbai amassed 64 runs in their last 5 overs. The Delhi bowlers seemed to have run out of plans at the death after having bowled a disciplined line and length throughout the innings.
Chasing a daunting total of 169 runs on a turning Kotla track, the Delhi Capitals needed a quick-fire start which was provided by Shikhar Dhawan with a quickfire 22 ball 35. Dhawan was dismissed by Rahul Chahar soon after the powerplay got over and the hosts never recovered from then on as Mumbai continued to pick wickets at regular intervals.
The middle-order, consisting of stalwarts Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant could only add 13 runs as the home side crumbled to 76/5 after being 49/0 at the end of the powerplay. Axar Patel tried his best with a 23 ball 26, but the required run rate kept escalating significantly. The flurry of wickets made a game a completely one-sided affair as Delhi could eventually reach only 128 runs for the loss of nine wickets at the end of their 20 overs, thus losing the game by 40 overs.