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Pandya brothers, Chahar star in Mumbai's emphatic win

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19 Apr 2019, 04:42 GMT+10

3:00 AM ET

Mumbai Indians 168 for 5 (Krunal 37*, de Kock 35, Rabada 2-38) beat Delhi Capitals 128 for 9 (Dhawan 35, Rahul 3-19, Bumrah 2-18) by 40 runs

Hardik Pandya monstered 32 off 15 balls, Krunal Pandya struck 37 not out off 27, and together the two put on a fifth-wicket partnership worth 54 off 26, which became the centrepiece of Mumbai Indians' 40-run victory.

Mumbai Indians were 104 for 4 after 15.1 overs, heading towards a par-score in the range of 150 on a slow Feroz Shah Kotla surface when the brothers united. Although they took a little time to get into the slog mode, they exploded from the end of the 17th over - Mumbai reaping 54 runs off the last 19 balls of the innings.

The in-form Hardik produced the more blistering innings, walloping his eighth ball for a six way over long-off, whipping his 12th ball into the long-leg boundary, eventually finishing up with three sixes and two fours in his innings. Krunal had been slow to start, hitting only 17 off his first 18 deliveries, but he found the boundary four times off the last eight balls he faced to assist in the furious finish that Hardik spearheaded.

Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan began the chase well, hitting 48 in the Powerplay, but Delhi Capitals soon lost their way. Shaw, Dhawan, Colin Munro and captain Shreyas Iyer all lost their wickets in quick succession, sliding to 63 for 4 after 10.2 overs, the required rate creeping up towards 11. None of the Capitals' middle-order batsmen could launch a serious challenge to Mumbai's score, and after losing regular wickets, the team eventually mustered only 128 for 9 in response to Mumbai's 168 for 5.

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