Three reasons for Mumbai Indian’s stirring win over Delhi Daredevils: Guptill’s start, Bumrah’s finish and Krunal’s valiance
We at CRB Tech congratulate the trio and MI in their fabulous win.
Krunal Pandya talks about his whirlwind knock that took the game away from the Daredevils, while crediting Martin Guptill’s presence at the other end.
The comprehensive win of Mumbai Indian’s over Delhi Daredevils was like tackling another another difficult situation and symbolizes the true potential of Rohit Sharma’s team.
It was significant win for the Mumbai Indians as it kept the two-time IPL winners afloat; helped boost their net run-rate to some extent and neutralized the 85-run hammering that they had received at the same venue a couple of contests ago.
The match witnessed the return of Martin Guptill at the top of their batting order as the New Zealand opener well portrayed his mettle. But most significant was Krunal Pandya’s brilliant display with the bat and with this he truly proved his “find of the tournament” tag.
The hidden gems discovered by Mumbai Indians last year were Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah ; and his brother Krunal made this tournament his own. With the ball, Krunal turned out to be a handy left-arm spinner, keeping the score under check for the most part, and got the odd wicket every now and then.
However, on Sunday, he set a new standard for himself by his performance which was beyond expectations. The team would have required at least one player to neutralize them; one would have expected Rohit to perform that.
However, Krunal rose to the occasion on Sunday, and took on the leg-spinners with a aggression that would have reduced their confidence for the rest of the tournament.
While Rohit and Guptill provided motivation at the top of the order, and Ambati Rayudu and Jos Buttler helped finish things off in style, Krunal’s maiden IPL fifty was the single biggest reason behind his team becoming the only side other than Royal Challengers Bangalore to post a 200-plus total in this tournament.
Krunal went on to get the key wicket of Delhi’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock. And ultimately taking the final Delhi wicket to fall, that of skipper Zaheer Khan, it was then fitting for Krunal to be part of the winning moment.
The image of Krunal hugging brother Hardik after his innings, and later dedicating his man-of-the-match award to him has also left a great impression on the minds of fans.
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