Mumbai beats Delhi in IPL, Rajasthan ends losing streak
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Mumbai Indians won the fight at the top of the Indian Premier League when defending champions Delhi Capitals defeated two balls by five wickets on Sunday.
Rahul Tewatia's belated attack in the early game ended Rajasthan Royals' four-game defeat with a single-ball win over five wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock embarked on Mumbai's chase for half a century before they both left 53.
Mumbai hit 166-5 in 19.4 overs in response to Delhi 162-4, which came on the back of Shikhar Dhawan's 69, who missed out in his first half-century of the season, and captain Shreyas Iyer, who was on 42 of 33 balls worked. Spinner Krunal Pandya played a major role in curtailing Delhi by finishing 2-26.
Front runners Mumbai and Delhi still occupy the two best places at halftime in the league with 10 points each from seven games.
"The kind of cricket we play gives us confidence in the future," said Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma. “Very pleased with the way we played in the first half of the tournament. Perfect day for us, we did everything right today. We bowled really well, then clinically with the bat. "
De Kock shattered three sixes and four borders before taking on Ravichandran Ashwin (1-35) in game ten.
Yadav hit six fours and a six before attempting an ambitious shot from fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (2-28) on the 15th to dig deep, but at that point the match was 130-3 in Mumbai's control .
"We were 10-15 small, 175 would have looked very different," said Delhi skipper Iyer. "We have to work on our way of thinking in the next game ... I think it's important that we don't take anything lightly."
In Dubai, Tewatia repeated his heroics in Sharjah - where he smashed Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in an over - with another whirlwind of unbeaten 45 runs with 28 balls. Eighteen-year-old Riyan Parag (42, not out of 26) hit fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed for a six to complete the win when Rajasthan hit 163-5 with just one ball.
Manish Pandey (54) and captain David Warner (48) had previously anchored Hyderabad with 158: 4 after Warner won the litter and decided on a bat.
Kane Williamson (22, not eliminated) increased Hyderabad overall by hitting two sixes against Jofra Archer (1-25) in the 19th, and Jaydev Unadkat (1-31) went over 16 in the last.
Tewatia and Parag took the game from Hyderabad with an 85-run stand off only 47 balls to give Rajasthan its third win in seven games. Hyderabad also has six points from seven games.
With his team needing 36 of 18 balls, Tewatia repeated the aggression he showed in Sharjah in Rajasthan's last win against Kings XI Punjab. He hit leg spinner Rashid Khan (2-25) for three consecutive limits in the 18th, including two great reverse sweep fours.
Left-handed Tewatia brought the goal to just eight points in the final game after beating Thangarasu Natarajan 14 times in the penultimate game before Parag sealed the game for Rajasthan.
"The gates were falling so I just wanted to hold up one end and wait for the border balls," said Tewatia. "I told Riyan (Parag) that the wicket is slow and the deeper we take it the better our chances are, even if we took 50 of the last 4 (overs) because we got the shots."
Rajasthan's Ben Stokes had an unforgettable first IPL game this season after the English all-rounder ended his quarantine on Saturday. Stokes was bowled for five runs by Ahmed (2-37) when he opened the innings.
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