Tag: MI ipl 2022


MI’s annus horribilis: No support for Bumrah, an over-the-hill Pollard, misfiring Rohit, missing a Hardik-like allrounder

Theoretically, Mumbai Indians are still alive in this year’s Indian Premier League. In reality, however, their season has become a virtual write-off, on the heels of seven straight defeats. From faulty auction strategy to a lightweight bowling unit and batting blues; a lot of things have contributed to the five-time champions’ downfall. Lightweight bowling unitThere’s a saying in cricket; a captain is only as good as his team. It can be paraphrased to, only as good as his bowling unit. Bowlers win matches and bar Jasprit Bumrah, MI don’t have bowling match-winners in their ranks this term. Bumrah, too, hasn’t taken a bagful of wickets – four scalps in seven matches at an economy rate of 7.56. With very little support at the other end, the opposition batsmen have just played out MI’s bes...

Delhi Capitals get off to a flier, stun Mumbai Indians

Lalit Yadav played the innings of his life with an unbeaten 48 while Axar Patel smashed 38 not out off just 17 balls as a depleted Delhi Capitals started their IPL campaign with a stunning four-wicket win over Mumbai Indians here on Sunday. Chasing a challenging 178, Delhi were down 72 for 5 inside 10 overs but the lesser-known Delhi all-rounder Yadav stayed calm during his 38-ball unbeaten knock to take his side home. India all-rounder Patel chipped in with a quick fire 17-ball 38 not out as DC overhauled the target with 10 balls to spare. Yadav smashed four boundaries and two sixes, while Patel had two hours and three maximums as the duo stitched a match-winning 75-run partnership from 30 balls for the seventh wicket. After an ordinary day with the ball (4-0-40-0), Pat...