Not long ago, they said T20 was a youngster’s game. But Amit Mishra, Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith underlined the worth of seasoned campaigners as the trio played a vital role in helping Delhi Capitals avenge last year’s IPL loss against Mumbai Indians.
While Mishra spun a web around the Mumbai Indians batsmen on a turner at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to restrict the defending champion to 137 for nine on Tuesday, Dhawan and Smith batted sensibly to put Capitals’ chase on course.
Despite both batsmen getting dismissed at an inopportune time — Smith plumb in front by Kieron Pollard at the halfway mark and Dhawan getting caught on the square boundary off leggie Rahul Chahar in the 15th over — Lalit Yadav and Shimron Hetmyer saw Capitals home with five balls and six wickets to spare.