It was the final match of Delhi Daredevils in the current season. The exit match against Mumbai Indians had little relevance for the team, however, the win rendered a contrasting change in the playoff equations of the tournament. Losing the match, Mumbai Indians had to bid goodbye to IPL 2018 tournament along with Delhi. Meanwhile, in the following match, Chennai Super Kings won the match against Kings XI Punjab. The final teams for IPL playoffs are still pushed on to the last game of the league.
Delhi Daredevils scored 174 runs in the inning. The top order failed at paltry runs, but it was the half-century off Rishabh Pant that steered the score to a good total. Prithvi Shaw and Glen Maxwell fell in early overs slogging the inning at 38 for 2. Shreyas Iyer followed in the ninth, but Pant already set off his strike. In the middle overs, Pant and Vijay Shankar partnered to haul the score to 139. They shared the pitch until Krunal Pandya dismissed Pant in the 17th over. In the stretch, Pant scored 64 runs off 44. He mastered the half-century striking 4 sixes and 4 fours. In the last three overs, Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma played to force in the score to a high tally.
Mumbai Indians started with the wicket of Surya Kumar Yadav. Sandeep Lamichhane attacked the played in the first over. Next was Amit Mishra to attack right after the powerplay overs. After the first six overs, the chase was at 57 runs for 2. Still, Evin Lewis showed no signs to spare bowlers closing in steadily to his half century. It was on the ninth over when Mishra attacked again to put an end to Lewis’ strike. The batsman scored 48 runs off 31 balls plundering 3 fours and 4 sixes. In the next over, Lamichhane again came with a stringent delivery taking down two more wickets. He knocked Keiron Pollard and Krunal Pandya. By end of half the inning, the chase wobbled at 78 for 5.
In the following overs, Hardik Pandya and Ben Cutting played for a short partnership. Pandya struck 27 off 17 runs. Ben Cutting played to the ultimate over adding the final thrust. He scored 37 off 20 runs knocking 2 fours and 3 sixes. In the final over, Mumbai was chasing 18 runs, but Jasprit Bumrah toppled two more wickets, including that of Ben Cutting, wrapping up the win for Delhi. Mumbai scored 163 runs as they handover the victory of 11 runs to Daredevils.
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