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‘Paltans do it for Ee saala!’- Twitter explodes as Mumbai deny Delhi a spot in the playoffs

By BetBarter Staff

May 21, 2022

Mumbai beat Delhi by five wickets in the 69th match of the Indian T20 League 2022. A decent bowling effort followed up by a brilliant batting display sealed the game for the most successful team in the tournament. With this win, Mumbai have eliminated Delhi from the race to the top four. Bangalore are now the fourth team to qualify for the playoffs.

Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first at the Wankhede Stadium. The bowlers were at the top of their game as they picked up three wickets within the powerplay. A slow start meant that Delhi could only manage 37 runs in the first six overs. Post that, they lost one more quick wicket, but Rishabh Pant and Rovman Powell built a good partnership. Powell was striking the ball cleanly, but Pant was struggling to settle on a turning wicket.

They added 75 runs in the partnership until the 16th over. Pant (39) was dismissed by Ramandeep Singh in the 16th over for a team score of 125. Powell (43) hit some lusty blows, but couldn’t hold for long. He was bowled by Bumrah in the 19th over. In the end, Delhi scored 159 runs in the innings. Bumrah took three wickets in the game, Ramandeep took two, and Daniel Sams and Mayank Markande got one each.

Mumbai got off to a sluggish start in the chase after losing Rohit Sharma (two) in the powerplay. The five-time champions got 27 runs in the first six overs. Ishan Kishan and Dewald Brevis took their time to settle in before scoring quick runs. They added 51 runs together Kuldeep Yadav however took the wicket of Kishan (48) in the 12th over for a team score of 76 to break the partnership. Brevis (37) was also dismissed soon in the 15th over.

The equation came down to 59 runs in the last five overs. Delhi created a few half chances in the next three overs, but leaked 45 runs. They got the wicket of Tim David (34), but it was too late. The momentum of the game completely shifted to Mumbai’s favour. Anrich Nortje conceded nine runs in the 19th over and took the wicket of Tilak Varma (21). Mumbai needed five runs in the last over. In the end, Ramandeep hit the winning four on a free-hit to get the team through.

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