After a thrilling first encounter, the Delhi Capitals took on the Mumbai Indians in the second match of the Indian Premier League, where the Rishabh Pant-led team upset the five-time champions by winning by four wickets. As part of the same discussion, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has stepped up to point out what went wrong for the Mumbai Indians in their season-opening game.
Lalit Yadav (48* off 38 balls) and Axar Patel (38* off 17 balls) preserved their cool to guide DC to victory. DC was chasing 178 runs and was losing wickets often at the start of the innings. Rohit Sharma and his team made a costly mistake by handing the 18th over to Daniel Sams, according to Chopra, who added that the decision cost them a whopping 24 runs in the critical over.
According to the cricket expert, either Jasprit Bumrah or Tymal Mills should have bowled that over, but MI would still have suffered as a result of Bumrah’s performance in their first game. It should be mentioned that Mumbai’s star bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, conceded 43 runs in 3.2 overs during the game versus DC.
Either Tymal Mills or Bumrah should have been called upon to fill in: Aakash Chopra
“The performance of Lalit Yadav was commendable, and following Shardul Thakur’s impactful cameo, Axar Patel came on and struck at a strike rate of 200 percent. However, since MI made a few blunders, there were two to three significant points to consider as a result. The decision to have Daniel Sams bowl the 18th over was erroneous. Either Tymal Mills or Bumrah should have been called upon to fill in. I had a feeling Daniel Sams would take care of the 20th over. In the 18th over, the team scored 24 runs. MI suffered because of the high cost of (Jasprit) Bumrah’s services,” Chopra said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
In addition to the outstanding batting performance by Patel and Lalit Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav bowled well in DC’s first match. He took three wickets in four overs while allowing just 18 runs to be scored, earning him the honor of being named player of the match. His performance became a talking point as he overcame the disappointment of the previous two IPL seasons to play well.