Dubai, October 31
Trent Boult dealt telling opening blows while Jasprit Bumrah broke the backbone of the middle-order with some brilliant seam bowling as Mumbai Indians choked Delhi Capitals to 110 for 9 in an Indian Premier League match here on Saturday.
Boult (3/21 in 4 overs) and Bumrah (3/17 in 4 overs) not only accounted for six of the nine wickets but also bowled 31 of the 62 dot balls consumed by DC batsmen.
Not for once did Delhi Capitals looked like being in control as they made the Dubai strip and the MI bowling attack look doubly menacing with some of the best batsmen abdicating their responsibilities of playing fearless cricket.
Wasting 10.2 overs on dot balls out of possible 20 showed that Delhi batters’ confidence has hit the lowest ebb.
Boult was brilliant upfront removing openers Shikhar Dhawan (0) and Prithvi Shaw (10) in the powerplay which pegged Capitals back.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer (25) and Rishabh Pant (21) then compounded their team’s worries as they failed to regain the lost momentum.
The duo for the umpteenth time looked like playing for themselves and the intent was missing which affected the morale of the batsmen coming down the order.
Quinton de Kock effected an ‘MS Dhoniesque’ stumping off Rahul Chahar to see Iyer’s return. His dismissal followed Bumrah’s devastating two-over spell.
A ball pitched on length was climbing up while moving a shade away which Marcus Stoinis edged to the wicketkeeper.
Pant’s misery ended when Bumrah came round the wicket and fired one from wide off the crease that came in with the angle to trap him leg before.
He then tormented Harshal Patel, who played and missed a few before being adjudged leg-before, a decision that couldn’t be reviewed as Pant had consumed it during his dismissal.
Delhi Capitals: 110 for 9 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 25; Jasprit Bumrah 3/17, Trent Boult 3/21). PTI