Tournament favourites Delhi Daredevils crashed to a 98-run defeat at their home ground as Mumbai Indians put up a brilliant all round show. It was truly a clinical performance from the Mumbai Indians outfit first with their batsmen amassing 218 runs which is their highest score in IPL so far and then their bowlers finishing off the job with 3 overs to spare. It was disappointing to see a strong batting line up like Delhi which is capable of overhauling the biggest of targets come a cropper. Although it has to be said that Delhi didn’t have the resources of Gautam Gambhir who pulled up a hamstring early in the match but even if he had batted the result would have been the same but surely Delhi could have avoided such a huge defeat. With this thumping victory, Mumbai Indians jumped to the top of standings, while Delhi slipped to third, behind KKR.
Delhi Daredevils Innings
Chasing a mammoth score of 219 Delhi got off to a flier as Tillakaratne Dilshan and Virender Sehwag took the attack to the Mumbai bowlers. But Dilshan’s stay at the wicket was cut short by his Sri Lankan teammate Lasith Malinga who foxed him with a slower one. In came AB who has been out of sorts this season. Delhi cruised to 50 in 5 overs with some crisp hitting from Sehwag but Bravo’s double strike hampered their chase. Sehwag 26(16) hit one straight down the throat of the fielder at mid-off and 4 balls later, AB de Villiers dragged one back to his stumps trying to cut Bravo. Karthik looked to be in a hurry as he smashed 3 boundaries of the first 3 balls that he faced but a brilliant stumping from Aditya Tare down the leg side off Harbhajan Singh meant he had to take a long walk back to the dugout. Jayasurya struck with his first ball when he had Manhas caught at long off. With that wicket Delhi had lost half their side at half time and the score was only 84. Mahroof who was promoted to No 4 struck some lusty blows in Harbhajan’s over but he too joined the exodus when he was stumped of Jayasurya. Big money-signing Kieron Pollard ended Mishra’s stay at the wicket by beating him all ends up. Bravo not only contributed with the ball but also managed to get a direct hit and ran out Sangwan. Delhi innings folded up with Harbhahjan getting Nannes bowled. PHOTOS
Put into bat by Gautam Gambhir, Sachin led the charge for Mumbai Indians with a blitzkrieg 32-ball 63. Seeing Sachin play some of the shots left many wondering whether this was the same minefield pitch which forced the abandonment of the one-dayer between India and Sri Lanka a few months ago and in the process was also handed out a 1 year ban by the ICC. But the true Genius that he is, Sachin showed that T20 is not just about hard hitting but how deft touches and delicate clips can also fetch you runs. The way he pierced through the smallest of the gaps with utmost ease was truly marvelous. Jayasurya could not make much of an impact as he was brilliantly caught by the substitute Yogesh Nagar who was substituting for the injured Gambhir who walked off the field at the end of 1st over. That didn’t matter to sachin as he went about doing his job smashing the bowlers to all corners of the ground. Tare gave him good support for a brief period before Sangwan got the better of him. Mumbai Indians raced to 112/2 in 10 overs. Mishra finally ended Sachin’s innings when Nagar took a low catch at long-off. Tiwary and Rayudu once again showed their class with a 50 run partnership. Tiwary completed his second successive half-century from 31 deliveries. Pollard failed to shine in his first outing in the IPL. He scored 10 before being stumped off the final delivery of the innings. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Sachin Tendulkar