Arch-rivalry between the opponents moreover the presence of among the prolific stars in home enviornment was a recipe tailormade for the opening Group E tie of the Syed Mushtaq Ali between Mumbai and Delhi to be a humdinger.
However, it turned out to be a lop-sided affair in favour of Delhi on the Wankhede Stadium right here on Monday. An all-round efficiency by Shikhar Dhawan’s boys took Delhi to a facile, 76-run win.
Ever since opener Hiten Dalal went after Dhawal Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande within the first two overs of the match till last-man Kruthik Hanagavadi perished to veteran Ishant Sharma, it was a one-way visitors.
Nitish Rana’s (74, 37b, 7×4, 5×6) power-packed innings, and his 122-run stand with Himmat Singh (53, 32b, 3×4, 4×6) meant Delhi placed on a gargantuan 206 for 4 after being inserted in to bat.
A star-studded Mumbai batting line-up — with prime six having been a a part of IPL 2020 — couldn’t stand up to the stress utilized by Delhi pacers to fold up for a meagre 130 with 11 balls remaining.
Had it not been for Shivam Dube’s big-hitting (63, 42b, 3×4, 5×6), Mumbai would have struggled to cross the 100-run mark. But the all-rounder, who earlier had Rana’s wrath with the ball, ensured he showcased his straight-hitting talents.
With the trio of Ishant, Simarjeet Singh and Pradeep Sangwan lowering Mumbai to 17 for 4 within the fifth over, the fizz had been taken out of the sport earlier than Dube’s arrival on the crease.
Earlier within the afternoon, Dube’s medium-pace was taken to the cleaners by left-handed Rana, who tonked him for 2 fours and as many sixes within the 14th over.
The scores: Delhi 206 for 4 in 20 overs (Nitish Rana 74, Himmat Singh 53) bt Mumbai 130 in 18.1 overs (Shivam Dube 63, Pradeep Sangwan three for 20).