Mumbai Indians defeated the Delhi Daredevils to become the first team to qualify for the playoffs. Mumbai have 9 wins in their kitty from 11 games now and are expected to finish in the Top 2. Delhi on the other hand, suffered another batting collapse and with only 4 wins to their name, are almost out of the reckoning for the playoffs.
Here we look at the Heroes and Zeroes from the game :
1) Lendl Simmons :
The Carribean was drafted in to replace Jos Buttler at the top of the order and scored a brilliant half century to justify the decision of the team management. Simmons provided a great start to Mumbai and stitched a good partnership with Parthiv Patel and Kieron Pollard. Simmons played only his first game of the tournament but did his chances of carrying on in the side no harm. Mumbai would be hoping he continues his good form into the playoffs as well.
2) Kieron Pollard :
Another Carribean, Pollard was promoted up the order to no. 3 and scored a superb half century. Pollard has batted at no. 5 or 6 for almost the entirety of his Mumbai Indians career, and his promotion up the order did raise a few eyebrows. But the Carribean justified the decision as he led Mumbai to a brilliant score of 211. Pollard has been influential in this year’s tournament for MI and is arguably their most important player. If he carries on his form for the rest of the season as well, there is no stopping the Mumbai Indians.
3) Hardik Pandya :
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The younger Pandya has been devastating in the final overs this season and showcased his finishing abilities again as he plundered Pat Cummins to all parts of the ground in the final over. Hardik has improved a lot in his batting and could be the finisher India are craving for after MS Dhoni hangs his boots. Although he did not get a chance to bowl much, he made a big impact with the bat to give the Indians a psychological advantage
1) Pat Cummins :
The Aussie speedstar is a fiery pacer when on full song, but struggled in this game as he went for 59 runs in his 4 overs. Cummins was guilty of being too predictable and as a result was smashed to all parts of the ground.He gave away 23 runs in the final over of the innings, something which is unacceptable for a team playing in a do or die game.He needs to pull up his socks in the next game.
2) Shreyas Iyer :
Iyer opened the innings alongside Samson and was expected to play a big innings and lead his team to the total. But Iyer failed to do so as he got out for 3 off 6 balls. Iyer has had a few good starts in the tournament so far, but has failed to make a big score and if he really wishes to get into the Indian team, he needs to justify his talent and get big scores on a consistent basis.
3) Marlon Samuels :
The Carribean was preferred to Angelo Mathews and Carlos Braithwaite, but failed to justify his selection as he could only score 1 run. Samuels has been a brilliant T-20 player over the years, but looks to be past his prime. Delhi need to give Braithwaite a chance as he would provide them much more stability in the batting department.