When Mumbai Indians (MI) romped against Delhi Capitals (DC) in the first qualifier of playoffs 2020. It was expected the nail-bitting match from the two best teams in the tournament so far. But Delhi Capitals looked to have no intent while during the field or either during the chase.
This is not how you going to win the tournament or play unprofessional cricket at this level of the tournament. There are reasons after this loss but to be honest all these are unacceptable now you have made it to the playoffs after beating the teams like CSK, KKR and RR.
If Delhi Capitals lost the match by making it to the close to the target perhaps the explanation are somehow acceptable. But giving it away with no intent puts the doubt on the team to be qualified for the playoffs.
Although it was the first qualifier and they have another chance to redeem in the eliminator match against the winner of second qualifier. Having said, let us take a look at three things that went wrong for DC.
Delhi Capitals (DC) Decision To Bowl First Backfires
This was the biggest mistake from the Delhi capitals to bowl against team like Mumbai Indians (MI) in the due factor. Allowing Mumbai Indians to bat first it means your giving them the license to go to any extent. Although Delhi Capitals restricted them at 101/4 and with 140/5 in the 17th over. It was expected Delhi Capitals will be first team to enter the finals.
But wait still 3 more overs to go as Hardik Pandya joined Ishan Kishan as two added on 60 runs in just 29 balls to take the scoreboard to 200 runs with the loss of 5 wickets. Hardik Pandya scored 14-ball 37 which featured 5 sixes. While Ishan Kishan scored 30-ball 55 which featured 4 fours and 3 sixes.
Delhi Capitals Not Playing With Best XI
Delhi Capital was playing without Shimron Hetmyer and Alex Carey. This was the another biggest mistake from Delhi Capitals to not having such hitters in the team. How can you put trust on Ajinkya Rahane over Hetmyer and Alex Carey in a format like T-20.
Playing with five batsman in which some of them are big hitters is absurd move from the Delhi Capitals. If Prithvi Shaw was not performing from last few games why you can’t open with hetmyer or Alex Carey.
Delhi Capitals Absurd Collapse
Chasing 201, was not going to be easy for Delhi Capitals with the due factor in the second innings. But within the 7 balls of Delhi Capitals innings three of their batsman went back into the pavilion without having any score on the board.
The situation got all over when Delhi Capitals reduced to 41/5 but Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel added on 71 runs partnership for the 6th wicket. However they couldn’t take his team to victory and only managed to score 143 runs with the loss of 8 wickets and lost the match by 57 runs.