IPL 2019: Pant heroics hand Delhi Capitals first win

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IPL 2019: Pant heroics hand Delhi Capitals first win

Jasprit Bumrah hurt his left shoulder during Mumbai Indians' first Indian Premier League 2019 match on Sunday against Delhi Capitals but the team management announced later that the pace spearhead recovered well from the injury.

Mumbai: Rishabh Pant enhanced his credentials with an unbeaten 78 off 27 balls to power Delhi Capitals to a 37-run win over Mumbai Indians at Wankhede stadium here on Sunday.

Thanks to Pant's furious onslaught, Capitals scored 99 off the last six overs to set Mumbai a mammoth target of 214.

"Very frustrating for myself and the support staff (the top order failure)". Nitin Patel, the Mumbai physiotherapist, dashed into the middle to check on Bumrah. Pant kick started his innings with four dots and a single off the next ball but then went on a carnage, smashing Ben Cutting for two fours and a six in the same over. Although Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 33 runs within the first four overs, once the floodgates opened, they lost wickets at regular intervals. India internationals, Bumrah and Hardik too proved expensive.

Malinga is the highest wicket-taker in the IPL, having taken a total of 154 wickets in 110 matches, since the tournament started in 2008.

Rohit Sharma took his time to bring in Bumrah against Pant. The vastly experienced Yuvraj, who was roped in by Mumbai Indians this season for Rs 1 crore, did try his best to steady the innings and played a gritty knock scoring 53 before being caught by Rahul Tewatia at the deep mid-wicket off Kagiso Rabada. The team's hopes were relying on Kieron Pollard and Yuvraj Singh as they stitched together a partnership of 50 runs.

In the end, those partnerships, however, had very little meaning.

Krunal, who showed promises too, was dismissed by Trent Boult for 32.

It was, however, a double blow for Mumbai Indians as it not only lost the opener, but also its key paceman, Jasprit Bumrah, who suffered a shoulder injury and did not come out to bat, raising serious concerns over his future in the tournament.

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