‘Pathetic’: Ponting’s men suffer 11-year low

The Delhi Capitals have suffered a humiliating 57-run loss to the Mumbai Indians during Thursday evening’s Indian Premier League Qualifier in Dubai.

Coached by Australian cricket icon Ricky Ponting, the Capitals were tasked with chasing 201 from their 20 overs for a spot in the IPL final.

But the side was shell-shocked by Mumbai’s pace attack, crumbling to 3/0 after eight deliveries in the run chase.

New Zealand international Trent Boult dismissed opening batsman Prithvi Shaw and Indian stalwart Ajinkya Rahane in the opening over, which ended as a rare double-wicket maiden.

Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah then removed T20 powerhouse Shikhar Dhawan for a duck, leaving Delhi’s top-three batsmen back in the sheds without bothering the scorers.

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It was the first instance of an IPL team’s top three each being dismissed for a duck since the Deccan Chargers achieved the rare feat in 2009.

The Boult-Bumrah effect:

Prithvi Shaw: 0 off 2 balls
Ajinkya Rahane: 0 off 3 balls
Shikhar Dhawan: 0 off 2 balls#IPL2020 #MIvDC #Qualifier1 pic.twitter.com/DxmiZAYFNZ

Terrible, pathetic #DC batting 0-3 against quality #MI fast bowlers! #MIvDC

Australian all-rounder was the only Capitals player to show any resistance in the second innings, plundering 65 from 46 balls in a classy knock which included three sixes.

Delhi finished with 8/143, meaning defending champions Mumbai automatically qualified for their sixth IPL final.

Bumrah returned career-best figures of 4/14 to lead this season’s bowling chart with 27 wickets, as four-time champions Mumbai sealed a direct entry into the final on November 10th.

“We know in the big games runs on the board is always critical no matter what the conditions are,” skipper Rohit Sharma told reporters.

“You put runs on the board there is always an additional pressure on the opposition. And also of course our bowling unit has been terrific through the tournament. The way we played today was absolutely perfect.”

Delhi will get another crack at qualifying against either Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore or Sunrisers Hyderabad, who clash on Friday.

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“When you have bowlers like Bumrah, it makes your life easy. And Bumrah and Boult are in top form,” Sharma said.

“When they play for different countries and franchises, they have different plans. Hats off to them for buying into our plans and executing them so well.”

But it was the batsmen who set up the win for Mumbai with Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock and Hardik Pandya taking the attack to the opposition bowlers.

De Kock ensured a brisk start for Mumbai with his 40 off 25 deliveries after losing opening partner Sharma for a first-ball duck.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets including Sharma, who was trapped lbw, and De Kock.

Yadav hit his fourth half-century of the season before Kishan and Pandya finished off the innings with a run-rate of 10 an over.

Ponting conceded: “Under pressure today our execution was miles off”.

— with AFP

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