Fraser-McGurk with 27 balls and 84 and Rasikh Salam with 3 for 34 lift Capitals to fifth place

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Delhi Capitals 257 for 4 (Fraser-McGurk 84, Stubbs 48*, Hope 41, Nabi 1-20) beat Mumbai Indians 247 for 9 (Tilak 63, Hardik 46, Rasikh 3-34, Mukesh 3-59, Khaleel 2-45) for ten runs

In another run-fest at IPL 2024, Jake Fraser-McGurk’s 84 off 27 balls proved to be the difference as Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by ten runs in Delhi.

Apart from Fraser-McGurk, Shai Hope and Tristan Stubbs also played crucial knocks for DC as they scored 257 for 4 after being sent off. In response, MI lost three wickets in the powerplay – the bigs of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar. Yadav, but Tilak Varma and Hardik Pandya kept their hopes alive.

Rasikh Salam, however, turned the match around by dismissing Hardik and Nehal Wadhera in the same over. While Tilak and Tim David fought till the end, MI ultimately fell short.

The victory moved DC to fifth place in the points table with ten points from as many games. MI remains in ninth place with six points from nine games.

Fraser-McGurk gives DC a bright start

As he has often done in his budding career so far, Fraser-McGurk wasted no time getting his eye in and swinging his bat. With a slightly open stance towards left-arm seamer Luke Wood, he smashed the first three balls of the innings for 4, 4 and 6.

After taking 19 off the first over, he greeted Jasprit Bumrah in the same way. Bumrah started his with a slower ball only to be bowled longer for a six. To make matters worse, Bumrah had gone too far and Fraser-McGurk drilled the free-kick for four. Fraser-McGurk finished the over with another boundary, making it Bumrah’s most expensive over of the season (18 runs).

DC reached 50 in just 2.4 overs, the fastest ever by a team in the IPL. In the next over, Fraser-McGurk reached his fifty. Off just 15 balls, he was the fourth fastest in the tournament’s history.

Hardik powered through for the fifth over but there was no stopping Fraser-McGurk, who hit the MI captain for two fours and two sixes to take DC to 89 for no loss after five overs.

For a moment, it looked like Fraser-McGurk might break the record for the fastest T20 hundred (he already has the fastest List A hundred to his name), but he holed out to deep midwicket against Piyush Chawla for a 27-ball 84.

Hope and Stubbs keep DC on track for big total

Reaching 114 for 1 in 7.3 overs, Hope ensured that there was no dip in momentum. Over the last one year, he worked on his six-hitting skills and showed the same in ODIs but couldn’t do it in T20s. On Saturday, however, he smashed five sixes in a 17-ball 41 to keep DC in the middle.

After Hope’s fall, Stubbs took control and raced to 48, off 25 balls. In the 18th over, he used paddles, reverse paddles and pulls to hit five fours and a six off Wood. Even though Bumrah dismissed Rishabh Pant in the 19th over and conceded just six, DC had no problems crossing 250.

DC also dominates the other power game

MI got off to a good start in their chase with Ishan Kishan hitting three consecutive fours off Khaleel Ahmed in the second over. But Khaleel made a good comeback and trapped Rohit Sharma in the middle of his next over. From the other end, Mukesh Kumar made Kishan lose one to make the score 45 for 2.

Suryakumar Yadav started with a flurry of boundaries, including two sixes. But in the last over of the powerplay, he could not pick up a slower ball from Khaleel and fell for 26 off 13 balls.

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