Delhi Capitals suffered only their second loss of IPL 2020 on Sunday, when they were beaten by the Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi.
In a battle between the top two teams on the points table in IPL 2020, Mumbai Indians beat the Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets to rise above them in the tally.
Both the teams have now won five out of their seven matches and are tied at 10 points each, but due to a superior net run rate, MI are at the No.1 spot.October 11, 2020
On Sunday in Abu Dhabi, the Delhi Capitals were outplayed by the defending champions in all depatments of the game, and this was admitted by the DC skipper Shreyas Iyer.
“The effort we put on the field, we could definitely work on that as there were a few misfields and dropped catches as well. Overall they [Mumbai Indians] outplayed us in all the departments,” Iyer said in the post-match conversation.
After being put in to bat by Rohit Sharma, the Capitals had a slow start with Prithvi Shaw departing in the first over itself when a cover drive off Trent Boult went straight into the hands of Krunal Pandya.
With wickets falling around him, DC opener Shikhar Dhawan decided to weather the storm and batted throughout the 20 overs of the innings, scoring an unbeaten 69 off 52 balls at a strike rate of 133.
Dhawan’s score was the highest by an individual in the match
He was the highest-scorer in the match and eventually went on to win the ‘Gamechanger of the Match’ award for his innings in the losing cause.
But on social media the India batsman was trolled for his slow innings, that some suggest cost his team the match as another 15-20 runs would have made the target more difficult.
“What is the criteria of this award??? He is the sole reason of the loss of today's match. Faced 45% balls of the game and scored around 40% runs of the total,” said one person.
Another person called his innings a ‘test match knock’ and said that it was a gamechanger for the Mumbai Indians as it assisted them in defending a smaller target.
“Truly game-changer helped MI win the match by his test knock,” said another person on Twitter.