Team Delhi, led by Shreyas Iyer, beat Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai by 37 runs in their opening clash of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
After being asked to bat first, Rishabh Pant smashed an unbeaten knock of 78, laced with seven boundaries and seven sixes, while Colin Ingram (47) and Shikhar Dhawan (43) also made significant contributions with the bat as Delhi posted a huge score of 213/6.
In reply, Mumbai were bundled out for 176 in 19.2 overs, with Yuvraj Singh being the highest scorer for the hosts with 53 runs.
Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada bagged two wickets each while Trent Boult, Rahul Tewatia, Axar Patel and Keemo Paul also chipped in with a wicket each.
Here are the highlights:
# Delhi beat Mumbai by 37 runs in their opening clash of the 2019 IPL. Mumbai 176 (19.2 overs)
# Wicket! Cutting ended up edging a Rabada delivery in the 17th over to Rishabh Pant. Mumbai require another 61 runs from 21 balls. Mumbai 153/ 7 (16.3 overs)
# Ben Cutting is the new batsman in!
# Wicket! Boult has bagged a big wicket in the form of Krunal Pandya, who was looking solid at the crease. The New Zealander bowled a slower delivery, angling into middle stump and the Indian player slogged it away only to see Tewatia take a simple catch at deep midwicket. Mumbai 134/6 (15 overs)
# Yuvraj (32) continues to stand strong at the crease and looking for good support from Krunal (22) from another end. Mumbai now require 91 runs from 36 balls with five wickets in hand. Mumbai 123/5 (14 overs)
# Krunal Pandya comes to bat for Mumbai!
# Wicket! Axar Patel bowled a length ball angling towards off stumps and Pandya smashed the ball back to the bowler for the simplest of return catches. Mumbai 95/5 (11.2 overs)
# Hardik Pandya is the new batsman in!
# Wicket! Pollard's cameo comes to an end after he drives a Paul delivery in the 11th over straight to Tewatia, who did not miss the chance to take a simple catch at sweeper cover. Mumbai 95/4 (11 overs)
# Paul conceded eight runs to Mumbai Indians, including a boundary to Yuvraj. The hosts require 145 more runs from 11 overs. Mumbai 69/3 (9 overs)
# Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman in!
# Wicket! Ishant strikes again. De Kock flicked a back of length delivery on leg stump from Indian bowler straight to Trent Boult. The hosts require 168 runs required from 14 overs. Mumbai 46/3 (6 overs)
# Kieron Pollard comes to bat for Mumbai!
# Wicket! Suryakumar Yadav was forced to make his way back to the pavilion after Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer made a direct hit from mid-off off Ishant Sharma's delivery in the sixth over. Mumbai 37/2 (5.1 overs)
# Suryakumar Yadav is the new batsman in for Mumbai!
# Wicket! Ishant Sharma gave the breakthrough to Delhi by removing captain Rohit for 14 runs. The Indian opener was caught by Tewatia at deep square leg off Ishant's third delivery of the fourth over. Mumbai 33/1 (4 overs)
# 11 runs off the first two over, including a boundary. Sharma got off the mark by scoring the first delivery towards mid-off for a quick single, while de Kock too opened his account with one run by tickling the next delivery to deep midwicket. Mumbai 11/0 (2 overs)
# Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock open the chase for Mumbai. Trent Boult begins the proceedings for Delhi.
# Innings Break!
# Delhi posted a score of 213 for six in their stipulated 20 overs against Mumbai. Delhi 213/6 (20 overs)
# Rishabh Pant is the new batsman in !
# Wicket! Bumrah bowled a bouncer to Patel and the Indian batsman hits it straight to the fielder at third man. Delhi down by six wickets. Delhi 176/6 (18 overs)
# Axar Patel is the new batsman in!
# Wicket! Paul edged the fifth delivery of the 17th over from McClenaghan to Quinton de Kock back over the wicket. Delhi 161/5 (17 overs)
# Keemo Paul comes to bat!
# Wicket! Hardik Pandya has bagged a big wicket for Mumbai in the form of Dhawan (43). Pandya bowled the off-cutter and the Indian opener smashed the ball straight to Suryakumar at deep midwicket. Delhi 131/4 (15.1 overs)
# Rishabh Pant is the new batsman in for Delhi!
# Wicket! Mumbai have finally managed to break an 83-run stand between Ingram and Dhawan. The South African fell just three runs short of a half-century after he flicked the last delivery of the 13th over towards the deep midwicket, only to hand Hardik Pandya a simple catch. Delhi 112/3 (13 overs)
# Runs are flowing in at a good pace for Delhi as they have added 25 runs in the last two overs, including four boundaries and a six. Ingram (40) and Dhawan (30) are looking good at the crease and have brought up more than a half-century stand for the third wicket. Delhi 95/2 (11 overs)
# 13 runs off the last two overs, including a boundary to Dhawan. Dhawan (16) and Ingram (eight) are looking to steady Team Delhi's ship after losing Shaw and captain Iyer in quick succession. Delhi 49/2 (7 overs)
# Hardik Pandya comes into the attack!
# Jasprit Bumrah has been called into the attack!
# Colin Ingram is the new batsman in for Delhi!
# Wicket! McClenaghan strikes again. After scoring the first six of the match, Iyer looked for another lofted drive but failed to get elevation on time as Kieron Pollard took an excellent catch at extra-cover off McClenaghan's fourth delivery of the fourth over. Delhi 29/2 (3.4 overs)
# Captain Shreyas Iyer comes to bat for Delhi!
# Wicket! Mitchell McClenaghan gave the breakthrough to Mumbai by removing opener Shaw as early as in the second over. McClenaghan bowled a short of a length delivery, propelling the Delhi batsman to play inside the line and get a thin edge of the bat to hand an easy catch to de Kock. Delhi 11/1 (2 overs)
# Six runs off the very first over for Delhi, including two runs off a no-ball. Dhawan got off the mark by flicking a short ball on off stump towards deep square leg for a single, while Shaw too opened his account with one run by pulling the second delivery along the ground to deep square leg. Delhi 6/0 (1 over)
# Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have walked down the crease to open Delhi's innings. Rasikh Salam starts the proceedings for Mumbai.
# The match is all set to begin!
# Medium pacer Rasikh Salam from Jammu and Kashmir makes his IPL debut.
Mumbai: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rasikh Salam, Jasprit Bumrah.
Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma.
# Mumbai win the toss, opt to bowl first against Delhi!
# The toss is all set to take place in a few minutes.
Three-time winners Team Mumbai will look to kickstart their campaign at the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a positive note when they take on Team Delhi in their opening match at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Heading into the lucrative T20 tournament, the primary focus will be on the workload management of pacer Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales in May.
In the last six months, Pandya had endured two breakdowns as he was first forced to miss Asia Cup in September 2018 before being ruled out of the home series against Australia due to a recurring back injury.
The Mumbai squad features some of a big-hitters in the form of Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Suryakumar Yadav to name a few, while the team has also included experienced Indian batsman Yuvran Singh for the ongoing season.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma's Mumbai will miss the services of Sri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga for the first six games of the Indian T20 League as he will be featuring in Sri Lanka's Super Provincial One-Day domestic tournament
Team Mumbai, who failed to make it to the play-offs of the tournament last season, will look to take advantage of their home ground heading into the first game of the IPL 2019.
Delhi, led by Shreyas Iyer, consist of swashbuckling opener Shikhar Dhawan--who will look to return to form ahead of the 50-over showpiece event.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant would look to push his case for selection in India's World Cup squad by coming up with some decent performances for Team Delhi.
Notably, Delhi have never made it to the final of the IPL. It will now be intresting to see whether a new-look team will be able to create a history.
The two teams are as follows:
Mumbai: Rohit Sharma, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Lasith Malinga, Mayank
Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare,
Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav and Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper).
Delhi: Colin Ingram, Manjot Karla, Prithvi Shaw, Sherfane Rutherford, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Bandaru Ayyappa, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso
Rabada, Nathu Singh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Jalaj Saxena, Keemo Paul, Rahul Tewatia, Ankush Bains and Rishabh Pant.
(With PTI inputs)