Surya Kumar and De Kock firing to give India the lead

Surya Kumar Yadav and Quentin de Kock scored half-centuries as the Mumbai Indians beat the Delhi capitals by five wickets to advance to the top of the Indian Premier League.


Surya Kumar and De Kock firing to give India the lead

Shikhar Dhawan increased his batting to 69, but he missed the strike as the defending champions' disciplined bowling limited the capitals to 162-4 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.


Krunal Pandya 2-26, while Jaspreet Bumrah and Rahul Chahar also kept it tight in a disappointing innings for Delhi at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.


At 10 points in the summit, Suryakumar and De Kok scored their goals on two balls to include their opponents, setting them well on their way to overcoming the capitals' second defeat.


Surya Kumar (53 off 32 balls) scored his second consecutive half-century and De Cock (53 off 36) won his second tournament before Ishan Kishan won by 28 runs.


Kagiso Rabada, who took a prominent wicket in the 2020 edition of the IPL, claimed 2-28 but Rohit Sharma's team should not be denied a fourth consecutive victory.



Mumbai had to pay the price for lack of runs after which Shreyas Iyer scored 42 runs. Deciding to bat after winning the toss, capping put up two fours in the final over against Marcus Stevens and displayed a superb all-round display.


Anrich Nortje leaned on him with just three runs, but the Stones were unable to follow him.



Dhawan in Landmark van


Batting in the innings, Indian opener Dhawan rescued Krunal from Midwicket on his sixth score of his 100th IPL.


The dangerous left-hander also reached the 1,000-run mark for the Delhi franchise, but faced only 52 balls as the Daredevils failed to fire.


Delhi were remembering the injured Rishabh Pant and leaving Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey picked up the gloves and scored 14 not out after coming in sixth.


Krunal and Bumrah bowled eight and seven dot balls respectively, scoring just one boundary in a fine field performance for Mumbai.


De Kok and Suryakumar Sports Capitals


Axel Patel gave a big lift to Delhi by removing Rohit on the last ball of the fifth over with 31 runs on the board.


De Kok hit three sixes and found the rope four times before Ravichandran Ashwin sent it on his way; Prithvi Shaw took a deep square leg catch to leave India 77-2 at half-time.


Suryakumar played another key innings in the 79-run chase in the victory over Rajasthan Royals, though Caron Pollard and Cornell hit six fours and a lone six before ending it.


In the battle of the purple hat, Amda Rabada took his wicket from Bamrah and Trent Bolt to six, 36 more, but he doubts that he converted these out runs to win.


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