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IPL 2021, DC vs MI: Delhi Capitals complicate things for Mumbai Indians | Cricket News – Times of India

October 3, 2021

Avesh, Axar star with the ball before Iyer, Ashwin see Delhi through in tricky chase
The Delhi Capitals probably have two of the biggest names in the world in their bowling line-up in South African pace duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. They bowl the heavy ball, hit the hard lengths and have slower ones that deceive the best players. However, on Saturday, it was the two Indian bowlers, Axar Patel and Avesh Khan, who choked the Mumbai Indians and struck telling blows at key times to stall the defending champions.
The Capitals, who won the toss and chose to field on a tired Sharjah pitch, limited MI to 129/8. It is the sort of total they have never failed to chase in the history of the tournament and unfortunately for MI and their fans on Saturday, despite initial hiccups, it was not the day that Rishabh Pant’s side were keen to register a dubious first.
The hiccups came in the form of the early departures of Shikhar Dhawan (run out), Prithvi Shaw and Steve Smith. But a controlled knock from ex-skipper Shreyas Iyer (33; 33 balls, 2×4, 2×6), who used the depth of the batting crease expertly to score important boundaries off the backfoot off Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, a chancy cameo from skipper Pant and calculated batting from R Ashwin saw them through with five balls and four wickets to spare.

IPL 2021: Iyer, Avesh, Axar help DC beat MI in low-scoring thriller

Ashwin (20* off 21 balls, 1×6) added 39 runs with Iyer and hit the winning six off Krunal Pandya’s first ball in the 20th over to help Capitals end a win away from a top-two finish.
Mumbai Indians can still sneak into the final four, but they must win their remaining two games against Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad and then depend on other results going their way.


IPL 2021, Match 46: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals

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<p>Avesh Khan’s bowling figures of 3-15 and an unbeaten 33 by Shreyas Iyer helped Delhi Capitals beat holders Mumbai Indians by four wickets in a low-scoring Indian Premier League contest on Saturday. (Photo credit: BCCI/IPL/PTI)</p>

Capitals must thank Avesh and Axar. The duo collectively bowled a spell of 8-0-36-6 and devoured the cream of the MI line-up. Avesh, (16 dot balls), a strapping pacer from Indore, beat MI skipper Rohit Sharma for pace (not many do that) and his miscued pull landed in the hands of Rabada at third man. Axar then bowled with control and varied his speed beautifully. Every time MI looked to break free, the Gujarat left arm-spinner struck.
Quinton de Kock could not control a slash and holed out to Nortje at point, but the big scalp was that of Suryakumar Yadav, who after a long time looked to have found rhythm.
Hardik Pandya threatened to break free but was bowled by a beautiful in-swinging yorker from Avesh.

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