MI again in remaining

Dubai, November 5

Defending champions Mumbai Indians reached their sixth Indian Premier League final after beating Delhi Capitals by 57 runs in the first Qualifier today. Batting first, MI scored 200/5 riding on half-centuries from Suryakumar Yadav (51) and Ishan Kishan (55). Hardik Pandya also scored 37.

In reply, Delhi Capitals finished on 143/8. with Jasprit Bumrah taking 4/14.

Sharma gets golden duck to add to intrigue

Earlier, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, already in the midst of a debate over him continuing to play in the IPL despite being dropped for the tour of Australia due to a hamstring injury, was dismissed off the first ball he faced. Sharma’s sequence scores in the IPL is 0, 4, 9, 35, 5, 35, 6, 70, 8, 80 and 12, for a total of 264 at an average of 24, scored at a strike rate of 126.31.

It seemed that Sharma’s dodgy hamstring may have played a part in his dismissal as, facing an off-break from R Ashwin, he didn’t move his front foot enough to cover the spin and was adjudged lbw.

But Sharma’s failure did not matter as Yadav’s near-flawless half-century was complemented by Pandya’s fireworks as Mumbai Indians put up 200/5 in 20 overs.

Yadav smashed a 38-ball 51 to lay a foundation that was enough for Pandya to capitalise on as he struck five sixes in his 14-ball-37.

Before Pandya, Kishan played the ideal anchor with a priceless 55 off 30 balls, adding 60 runs for the sixth wicket with Pandya in only 3.5 overs.

While Ravichandran Ashwin (3/29 in 4 overs) shone brightly with some clever bowling, Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy left a lot to be desired due to negative tactics in his handling of his pacers.

Starting with left-arm seamer Daniel Sams (0/44 in 4 overs) backfired badly, while Kagiso Rabada (0/42 in 4 overs) and Anrich Nortje (1/50 in 4 overs) also had a forgettable day in office. In all, Mumbai Indians hit 15 fours and 12 sixes. — Agencies

Brief scores: MI: 200/5 (Kushan 55*, Yadav 51; Ashwin 3/29); DC: 143/8 (Stoinis 65; Bumrah 4/14).

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