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Delhi Capitals (DC) started their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign with a 4-wicket win against the Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Kuldeep Yadav shined with the ball with figures of 3/18 before late exploits from Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel helped DC chase down a competitive target of 178.

Chasing a challenging total of 178, DC openers – Prithvi Shaw and Tim Seifert got off to a compelling start, with Seifert doing the majority of the hitting. The right-handed batter came out with a fearless approach while facing the opening attack of MI composed of Daniel Sams and Jasprit Bumrah.

Shaw did not take too long to get going as the opener clubbed a massive six against Basil Thampi in the third over.

Murugan Ashwin drew MI back to the game after striking twice in the fourth over. While Seifert was castled by a quick delivery from the spinner, Mandeep Singh – the next man in, went without scoring after getting caught inside the circle.

DC skipper – Rishabh Pant was the next man to depart after the left-handed batter tried to clear Tymal Mills in the fifth over but ended up getting caught by the third man.

The Delhi Capitals were placed at 46-3 at the end of powerplay. Shaw, who was joined by Lalit Yadav in the middle, managed to draw the momentum back to DC after creaming two fours in the seventh over.

Basil Thampi came back to bowl the second over of his spell and scalped two huge wickets in one over. The dangerous-looking Shaw was caught by the wicketkeeper – Ishan Kishan while Rovman Powell was dismissed for a duck after getting caught in the deep.

Shardul Thakur and Lalit Yadav stitched together a steady partnership of 32 runs before Thampi scalped his third wicket of the innings to dismiss Thakur, who was caught inside the circle.

The equation came down to 56 runs required off the final five overs for DC, with Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel at the crease.

The duo smashed 15 runs off the next over by Bumrah which helped the Delhi Capitals get even closer to the target.

With 28 runs required from the final three overs, Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav carried on the momentum and hammered 24 runs off the penultimate over bowled by Daniel Sams, including three mammoth sixes and one four.

With just four runs required, Axar Patel finished things off in style with a four to get DC over the line.

Earlier, MI, who were put in to bat first, got off to the mark in style after skipper Rohit Sharma struck a four and six each in the first over, bowled by Shardul Thakur.

Ishan Kishan aided the MI skipper in getting the team off to a positive start with aggressive strokes at the top, facing DC’s opening attack of Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed.

16 runs came off the fifth over bowled by Kamlesh Nagarkoti and the MI openers remained unbeaten at the end of powerplay. The Mumbai Indians were placed at 53/0 after the first six overs after the openers continued to mount pressure on the DC bowling attack.

DC spinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel took charge of the proceedings to combat the aggressive batting display of Rohit and Kishan.

Kuldeep provided the opening breakthrough for the Capitals in the form of MI skipper Rohit Sharma after the right-handed batter was caught at deep mid-wicket.

While Kishan was making the most of the aggressive start at one end, Kuldeep scalped his second wicket of the innings after Anmolpreet Singh miscued a shot that went straight to long-off.

Tilak Verma joined Kishan out in the middle and hammered a six followed by a couple of fours as 13 runs came off the 13th over bowled by Nagarkoti.

Khaleel Ahmed was introduced back into the attack and the left-arm pacer brought an end to a short but impressive innings from Tilak Verma, who was caught in the deep for 22.

At the end of the 15-over mark, MI were placed at 118-3. Kuldeep Yadav struck again, as the left-arm spinner claimed his third wicket by dismissing the ever-dangerous Keiron Pollard.

Ishan Kishan however, was going solid at one end and notched up his first half-century of the season in style with a maximum.

Tim David, who was the next man in, joined the party and clubbed a six straight down the ground in the eighteenth over bowled by Shardul before the right-handed batter was caught in the penultimate over off the bowling of Khaleel Ahmed.

18 runs came off the final over, thanks to a six over long-off by Daniel Sams followed by a couple of fours by Kishan as MI ended their innings with a total of 177-5 on board.

Brief ScoresDelhi Capitals 179/6 (Lalit Yadav 48*, Axar Patel 38; Basil Thampi 3/35) beat Mumbai Indians 177-5 (Ishan Kishan 81*, Rohit Sharma 41; Kuldeep Yadav 3/18) by 4 wickets.

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