In the clash of Table Toppers on Sunday, Mumbai Indians eased past Delhi Capitals to hand them second loss of the season. With the win, Mumbai Indians also reclaimed the top spot in points table with 5 wins in 7 matches.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, are just below them with as many points as MI but a lesser run rate. In a beautiful evening of Abu Dhabi, Delhi Captain Shreyas Iyer elected to bat first after winning the toss. Delhi also made a couple of forced changes as their premier wicket-keeper and star batsman Rishabh Pant missed out due to the injury, he suffered in previous match.
In order to accommodate Alex Carey – the other wicket-keeper in DC setup, Delhi Capital also ousted Shimron Hetmyer and bring in Ajinkya Rahane to balance the team combinations. Two players in Rahane and Carey instead of Pant and Hetmyer meant DC now have less firepower in batting order.
That clearly reflected in their batting as they could only manage 162 runs in 20 overs. Though their superb bowling unit tried to make a match even at a below par score, Mumbai Indians’ strong batting order chased down the target in last over.
After the loss Shreyas Iyer reflected back on the reasons behind loss and also answered ‘the Pant’ question.
“Definitely, I would say 10-15 short, 170-175 on the board would have looked completely different. We really missed out when Stoinis got out, he was hitting the ball really well and also seeing the ball like a football, that was the main error that we did and something that we really need to work on. Apart from that the effort we put on the field, we could definitely work on that as there were a few misfields and dropped catches as well. Overall they outplayed us in all the departments,” Iyer said.
“We need to work on our mindsets before the next game. I thought the spinners were bowling well as the ball was coming onto the bat, it wasn’t stopping as it was in the first innings. If we could have squeezed in two more wickets after the powerplay we would have been on top. It is really important for us not to take any team lightly and be positive in our approach. There are still certain elements we have to work and we will use the break to work on that,” he added.
On Rishabh Pant availability for the upcoming matches, Iyer said: “We have no idea (on Rishabh’s availability), the doctor said he has to rest for a week and hope he comes back really strong.”