And how! This is as dominating a victory as they come. Hardik Pandya's exceptional cameo turned out to be worth so much more than he scored as Delhi Capitals looked nowhere close to being in the chase after the first six overs. They'll look back on this pitch and would want to have a few words with the curator. Ricky Ponting has complained about it from the start but there still hasn't been a change. DC's strong batting line-up is good, but perhaps for a true pitch. It also shows why they've done so much better away from home.
MI's resurgence continues as they go up to second spot with 12 points in nine games. That's all from us for now, ciao!
DC fall apart
The hosts are struggling courtesy their abysmal pitch at home. The chase took off for a brief while in the PowerPlay overs, but has crumbled since. They've just not been get a hold of their innings and have lost wickets regularly. MI are looking at an NRR-spiking win.
Jasprit Bumrah castles Pant
Out goes Pant! There was no way out of that absolute peach from India's best bowler. He gets a length ball to move in after pitching and travelling comfortably through the big bat-pad gap thanks to Pant's decision to play away from his body. The stumps are shattered and DC are five down.
Three for Chahar
Shreyas Iyer is gone! DC's chase is quickly disintegrating here. Sharp turn and an inviting dip on a leg spinner from Chahar has foxed one of the better players of spin in this side. The DC captain is bowled for three off six.
Over to Rishabh Pant to steer DC out of trouble here.
Krunal castles Munro
The left-arm spinner has stunned the Kiwi with a ball fired in at 108.3 kmph! And full! Munro was too slow to bring his bat down. He goes for a nine-ball 3.
Prithvi Shaw departs!
The DC opener survived an LBW appeal on just the previous delivery, but ended up holing the ball down Hardik Pandya's throat at long on. Pressure on DC to forge another partnership.
Rahul Chahar strikes
Shikhar Dhawan's fiery innings comes to an early end. He was looking to reverse sweep Rahul Chahar but couldn't time his attempt. The ball struck his front pad and then went off the back of his bat to hit the stumps. DC down to 49 for 1 in 6.3 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan gives DC a flying start
The left-hander is showing his knowledge of the surface here. Most of his boundary hits have come after he's walked/skipped out of the crease here. Excellent stuff from the veteran here. Needs to keep that going.
MI finish on 168/5
Have the Pandya brothers nicked the game away from DC? Likely!
Delhi Capitals may have lost the game at the death here, conceding 64 off the last 30 balls. Hardik Pandya's cameo (31 off 15) and Krunal Pandya's innings-defining role (37 not out off 26) has done the trick for the three-time champions. At the very least, it has given Jasprit Bumrah & Co. quite a big total to defend.
DC's fate will rest in how well they play in the first six overs.
Rabada vs Hardik Pandya
Rabada fires a length ball at 150 kmph, and Hardik stays deep and helicopters over long on. The South Africa hit back with a slow bouncer, which Hardik tried to pull and top-edged. Rishabh completed the catch and ended Hardik's cameo worth 32 off 15 balls.
Bowling to Hardik Pandya this season has seemed ridiculously difficult. The margin of error against the right-hander camping deep inside the crease has been negligible! Chris Morris learnt that the hard way. He bowled two very good yorkers from around the stumps, but the moment he missed it by just a little, Hardik whacked a six and four. 15 runs in that over! MI have reached 150 for 4 in 19 overs. Six balls remain and it feels like MI already have enough to take all the points here.
Mumbai turning this game around
Rohit Sharma's call to bat first is starting to look like a masterstroke here. Krunal Pandya has played an absolute gem here, and his brother Hardik Pandya is adding the cherry on the cake with his hitting. On a taylor-made strip for Keemo Paul, he has gone for 37 runs in his three overs. From 104 for 3 in 15 overs, MI have raced away to 135 for 4 in 18 overs - an effort worth its weight in gold on this pitch. If MI can tee off in the last two overs too and get anywhere between 150 and 160, DC are going to find it hard to keep their winning run alive.
It's the sort of pitch where you can't fault Suryakumar Yadav for trying to shuffle across and scoop Kagiso Rabada. Rabada bowled short but there wasn't enough bounce on it - thanks to the sluggish pitch - for Suryakumar to pull off his shot. The ball flew off the outside edge and Rishabh Pant took a good diving catch.
Suryakumar Yadav and de Kock are both at the same end after the former hit one to backward point, Rabada makes a smart stop and the run-out is completed at the non-striker's end. It is a set de Kock who has to depart.
Ben Cutting goes!
Axar Patel brings a premature end to MI's Ben Cutting experiment. The Aussie looked to sweep his way out of trouble, but was struck on his pads in line off an Axar delivery. Nigel Llong raised his finger and there was no question of a review.
What a ripper!
Rohit Sharma is gone! Amit Mishra has done him in with an excellent stock ball that went slow off the pitch, and kept low. Rohit played inside the line of that ball, giving away his wicket to the leggie for the sixth time in the IPL.
0 1 6 0 1 6Nb 1 - Keem goes for 16
Not the start the West Indian would've liked. It was further ruined by the waist high no ball that was smashed for a six.
Keemo Paul in!
Understandable, considering how slow this pitch is. He's going to start rolling his fingers and bowling all his slower ones more than his stock seam up delivery here.
How's the pitch?
Quite typically 2019 so far, with the ball stopping on the sticky surface and carrying low to the keeper. Not going to be easy to bat here.
Rohit Sharma has swung and missed a couple, and also timed the pants out of a couple in Mumbai Indians in a bit of a cautious start here. But he's gone past a big milestone - 8,000 T20 runs!
TOSS: Mumbai Indians win toss, opt to bat first. Ben Cutting, Jayant Yadav in for Jason Beherendorff and Ishan Kishan. Delhi Capitals name unchanged XI.
Prelude - Can Delhi Capitals go four in four?
We're midway through IPL 2019 and there's a refreshing surge. Delhi Capitals, the rechristened team with no glory to show so far, suddenly find themselves in the midst of an excellent run. Sandeep Lamichhane impressed at the start, Keemo Paul returned from the bench and won them a game and the top-order batsmen have taken turns to win games. Most importantly, Shikhar Dhawan has finally come good and turned a game around all by himself. Kagiso Rabada is at the top of the bowling charts and, in general, the Shreyas Iyer side is starting to perform well together.
But Mumbai Indians is always going to be a challenge. Rohit Sharma & Co. are slowly starting to pick up pace in trademark fashion after a groggy start, and have won four out of their last five fixtures. The experience of acing this tough phase of the league holds them in good stead season after season, and should also come as a big challenge for Delhi Capitals.