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27th Match (N), Abu Dhabi, October 11, 2020, Indian Premier League
(19.4/20 ov, T:163) 166/5

Mumbai won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

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That is all from us tonight, but these matches just keep coming at you. See you tomorrow

Quinton de Kock, the Man of the Match: "Enjoyed the win. Just keeping it simple worked for me. I have been batting well in the nets. I wasn't too stressed. Lack of runs is disappointing, but I wasn't too stressed because I have been hitting it well in the nets."

Rohit Sharma: "Means a lot. The kind of cricket we are playing gives us confident going forward. Really pleased how we have played in the first half of the tournament. Perfect day for us. We did everything right today. We bowled really well, then clinical with the bat. Not so much in the end but we will take it. We have always spoken of the importance of one set batter till the end because he knows the conditions. That is one thing we need to tighten. Again I don't want to go too much into this. Chasing has not been that good this tournament, but the way we did it, it gives us confidence that we can chase any target."

Shreyas Iyer: "We were 10-15 short. 175 would have looked completely different. We really missed out when Stoinis got run out. That is something we need to work on. We need to work on our fielding as well. Overall they outplayed us. We need to work on our mindset next game. The ball didn't stop as it did in the first innings. I feel it is important for us to not take anything lightly. There are certain elements we need to work on. We have no idea when Rishabh is back. I spoke to the doctor, and he said he will be resting for a week."

That interview shows you how futile quick running between the wickets can be. Stoinis ran himself out looking for a second off a fumble. And he didn't even make sure where that wobble had landed. That cost DC the 10-15 runs that would have made them competitive. Stoinis can make much bigger impact by hitting two sixes than risking his wicket taking a sharp second

And bad news for DC. Pant is out for a week at least. I would make Hetmyer keep, but ho will DC leadership react to this loss?

Love over-rates in this game. Match over in a little over three-and-a-half hours. Now if we could get rid of 10 minutes of those timeouts, we could have a proper 200-minute game

Comfortable win for Mumbai, who make a statement with this win. They won with just two balls to spare, but tells you not even half the story. This was mostly a stroll for Mumbai. And all credit has to go to the Mumbai bowlers, who were perfect with their plans and the execution. They conceded just the one six even though they took only four wickets. DC will be a better side when Pant, and thus Hetmyer, come back, but tonight Mumbai were too good for them. They will meet again

Stoinis to Krunal, FOUR runs

short ball, he calmly pulls this over square leg and fine of deep square for four

Now we get into the KXIP/Bangladesh territory. But we have got to remember it had way more to do with luck on those nights than the skills of the bowlers, Stoinis and Hardik Pandya

Anyway the field is up except deep backward square. It was deep point the other night, and Mayank Agarwal had found it

Stoinis to Pollard, 1 run

short of a length, wide, punched wide of mid-off for one

Stoinis to Krunal, 1 run

Shaw exposed in the field again. This run is not on as Pandya dabs this towards point who is in tight. Imagine if Shaw picks this up and runs Pollard out, you have a new batsman on strike. But he doesn't pick this up clean

Stoinis to Krunal, FOUR runs

there is nothing golden about this. It is a plum little half-volley slower ball outside leg with fine leg in the circle. Pandya gathers four

DC go back to their golden arm again. He has already delivered a ridiculous tie this year. Can he do it again? I foresee slower bouncers to Pandya. Long chat between Stoinis and Rabada, which features a big laugh. Third man and fine leg are up. No, mid-off comes up and sends third man back

end of over 193 runs
MI: 156/5CRR: 8.21 RRR: 7.00
Kieron Pollard10 (13b 1x4)
Krunal Pandya3 (4b)
Anrich Nortje 4-0-28-0
Kagiso Rabada 4-0-28-2
Nortje to Pollard, no run

he gets nothing. Quick length ball, Pollard is looking to play this down the ground, but gets an inside edge into the pad. No room here

Does Pollard look for a single or a boundary?

Prasanna: "Why is Prithvi Shaw on boundary? Someone bit taller would have easily cought that... Plus, he is not a good sprinter... What are other options for DC?"

Nortje to Krunal, 1 run

smart batting from Pandya, stays beside the line of a length ball and places this wide of cover for one

Nortje to Pollard, 1 run

short of a length, hurries him again, and this time he gets the single to leg

Nortje to Pollard, no run

short of a length, quick, 141ks, Pollard playsa an uncharacteristic slog, is beaten on the bottom edge of the bat

Nortje to Pollard, no run

plum length ball, Pollard looks for the big hit, misses, is hit on the pad. They appeal for lbw, not given as it is headed down leg, but DC still review it because, well, we don't like early finishes in the IPL. Missing another set

Nortje to Krunal, 1 run

short of a length, outside off, nicely steered to third man for one

Ten to get off last two. Rabada is done. Nortje'as last coming up. They will take it even if they get three off this without losing a wicket

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
MI: 153/5CRR: 8.50 RRR: 5.00
Kieron Pollard9 (9b 1x4)
Krunal Pandya1 (2b)
Kagiso Rabada 4-0-28-2
Anrich Nortje 3-0-25-0
Rabada to Pollard, no run

slower length ball to end the over. Pollard is happy with a dot

Rabada to Krunal, 1 run

quick length ball, pushed wide of mid-on for one

Rabada to Krunal, no run

sharp short ball, at him, and he does well to drop his wrists and stays away from its line

Krunal Pandya makes it two KPs at the wicket

Rabada to Ishan, OUT

another brace for Rabada. But is this too late? Kishan tries to end this right here right now, looking to upper-cut him, but Rabada gets big on him, making him loft this towards deep cover where Axar takes a smart low catch diving forward

Ishan Kishan c AR Patel b Rabada 28 (15b 2x4 2x6) SR: 186.66
Rabada to Ishan, SIX runs

he has picked not only the short boundary but also the shortest man on the field. Plays the pick-up shot to a short-of-a-length ball on the hip, and Shaw leaps at deep square and gets only finger tips to it

Rabada to Pollard, 1 run

short of a length, outside off, runs this down to third man

Rabada needs to produce a wicket right here right now if we are to have a contest

end of over 178 runs
MI: 145/4CRR: 8.52 RRR: 6.00
Kieron Pollard8 (7b 1x4)
Ishan Kishan22 (13b 2x4 1x6)
Anrich Nortje 3-0-25-0
Marcus Stoinis 2-0-21-1
Nortje to Pollard, 1 run

short of a length, hit straight to mid-off, decides to take the quick single and makes it in what seems like 10 strides

Nortje to Pollard, 1 wide

full toss wide down the leg side. Pollard thinks he has missed out on a boundary

Nortje to Pollard, FOUR runs

pulls this one from well outside off. He has picked the field again. No deep midwicket in place so he pulls this chest-high short ball in front of square

Nortje to Pollard, no run

short of a length, at him, another dot as Pollard plays this back to him

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Mumbai won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
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