Pant’s Helicopters give DC a flying Start
Fans started pouring in the Wankhede in their blues on a Super Sunday to witness a clash of epic proportions. Out came the players for practise with Rohit, Pollard, Bumrah and Yuvraj getting decibels of cheers. The loudest of cheers were reserved for their hero forever Sachin Tendulkar. Delhi Capitals, a team with no expectations generally have the right chords to hit when they take the Wankhede. Jason Roy was the chord last year, who was it going to be today? Not Shaw or Iyer today who were sent packing early. Ingram and Dhawan stabilised the innings with Ingram going bonkers and Dhawan anchoring the innings to perfection. However everything was about to change because Rishabh Pant took charge. Same man was hurled by the crowd for trying to be MSD in Mohali and how would he have felt is unimaginable. The ideas he bore in his mind were different today. He decided to transfer all his pains to the loyal MI supporters and the best bowlers in the fraternity today. Spare a moment of thought for the 18 Year old Kashmiri pacer who got everybody’s laurels for his controlled first three and then being tonked all over the park in the most Pantish way. Jasprit Bumrah, the epitome of death bowling cannot fail is the general belief in the MI crowd. That was about to change today. In his stint with the Indian cricket team, the machinery of Rishabh Pant was called capable by many veterans calling it the X factor of the Indian Cricket team that boards the flight to England. But the machine was somehow unchiseled, not fine tuned or missing the oil that it gets when it takes the IPL warzone. The warsuit, it’s ancillary and the ball bearing were all concocting today, so much so that the finest death bowler was to suffer the brute that it is not accustomed to at this level. The Man of the hour was bloodthirsty, pounding the Boom over deep square for a mammoth six, followed by a physics defying shot manufactured to swivel a bowl from the off and middle to the leg for a boundary. All hell was set to break loose when Pant decided to launch one gigantic ferocious single handed hoic for a jaw dropping shot that gave him 6 but deserved 60. Rohit and Yuvraj could barely watch the carnage and were left to wander what to do stop this cold blooded assault. Chasing 214, MI never really got going having lost Rohit and SKY early. De kock, Pollard and Hardik followed too and all hopes almost began fading much like the Blue army at the midway of the second innings. The relief they will take back from this game though will be the form of Yuvraj Singh who rolled back the clock to get his shots flying over covers and midwicket once again reaching his 50 in fine style. But too daunting a Required Equation and no significant contribution from the other end made the outcome evident much before it actually ended.
Kagiso Rabada with his fine bowling caught all attentions. Gee! He is a gift to the cricketing world with the ease with which he clocks 150 with control and precision written all around his deliveries. In a game when Bumrah was taken for all money, the other Indian talisman Ishant Sharma showed how control and accuracy can revive a lost career in the limited overs format. Having a young side, DC didn’t give anything away with their ground fielding and easily knocked out the Mumbai Indians in their opening encounter. A lacklustre team effort kept MI floating in the sea this time, Can they truly cross over to the bay at the Chinnaswamy remains to be seen.