Quinton de
Kock and Suryakumar Yadav notched up their second fifties of the Indian Premier
League (IPL) campaign each to help the Mumbai Indians record a convincing
five-wicket victory over the Delhi Capitals on Sunday.

Both teams
came into this top-of-the-table clash at Abu Dabhi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium in
rich vein of form, having won three games on the bounce each and it was the
Rohit Sharma-led side that extended that winning run to four.

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The win lifts
the four-time champions to the top of the points table with five wins from
seven games, level with the Capitals, with only Mumbai’s superior net run rate separating the two.

South Africa’s de Kock,
who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 36-ball 53, continued his scoring
streak with another fifty – he has now scored 143 runs in his last three matches
– after skipper Sharma, who made his 150th IPL appearance today, fell
early to Axar Patel.

He put up
46-runs for the second wicket with Suryakumar before being dismissed by Ravichandran
Ashwin. The Mumbai-born Suryakumar then brought up his second half century to put
Mumbai on track for a richly-deserved win.

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There was
no party, however, for birthday boy Hardik Pandya, who turned 27 on Sunday, as he
quickly followed Suryakumar back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers.

His brother
Krunal, along with Kieron Pollard, saw out the win with two boundaries in the
final over.

Delhi’s Kagiso Rabada added two wickets to his tally, which now
stands at 17, to extend his lead at the top of the race for the Purple Cap.

Earlier, Krunal
starred with the ball as his 2/26 spell helped Mumbai restrict Delhi to a
modest 162/4 from 20 overs.

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Dhawan (69* from 52) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (42 from 33) stabilised the
innings for the Capitals after they lost Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane in the
powerplay overs.

A mix-up
between Dhawan and in-form Marcus Stoinis shortly after their skipper’s
dismissal resulted in the latter being run-out, which ended up costing Delhi
10-15 extra runs and, perhaps, the match.

Mumbai will
next be in action on Friday, when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders, with
the Delhi Capitals playing the Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.