The big-hitting batsman Hardik Pandya and young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar set up a comprehensive 40-run win for Mumbai Indians (MI) over Delhi Capitals (DC) in a return leg of the IPL 2019 on Thursday.
Hardik (32 off 15) and his elder brother Krunal Pandya (37 not out off 26) propelled Mumbai to 168 for five after the visitors lost their way in the middle overs.
Chasing 169 was going to be tough on a slow and low Feroz Shah Kotla wicket and it turned out to be exactly that as Delhi squandered a solid platform of 48 for no loss in six overs to eventually lose the game by a huge margin.
19-year-old Rahur Chahar made the difference for MI in the second innings by removing the dangerous opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (35 off 22) and Prithvi Shaw (20 off 24).
His outstanding figures read three for 19 in four overs and he continues his upward graph this season.
The home team ended with 128 for nine in 20 overs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Yes, the wicket helped him but Rahul Chahar was mighty impressive. As he has been throughout the IPL
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 18, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 18, 2019
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) April 18, 2019
Rahul Chahar possibly one of the finest leg spinners in India right now. He didn’t play a single game for MI last season.
Has improved and is a frontline spinner now.#DCvMI
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) April 18, 2019
Dream 11 GameChanger of the Match – Rahul Chahar 💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 18, 2019
DC is not winning home matches. But they are winning away matches. Typical Delhi behaviour. "Tu baahar miliyo fir batata hun"#DCvMI
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 18, 2019
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 18, 2019
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 18, 2019
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 18, 2019
Chahar was pick of the bowlers today IMO. Will he be MOM or Hardik Pandya? Let’s see
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 18, 2019
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) April 19, 2019
Jasprit Bumrah & Hardik Pandya have been the most exciting players to come out of Indian Cricket in the last 5 years. #DCvMI
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) April 18, 2019