Delhi Daredevils 126-4 (Vijay 40) beat
Mumbai Indians 125-6 by six wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Sharjah
The Delhi Daredevils left the Mumbai Indians rooted to the bottom of the Indian Premier League 2014 table by inflicting a six-wicket defeat on them in Sharjah.
At the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Mumbai’s poor run continued with a fourth successive loss in as many matches, when Delhi overhauled down their score of 125 for six with relative ease and seven balls in hand.
With a below-par target in front of them, the Daredevils made a solid yet cautious start as the openers Murali Vijay and Quinton de Kock (16) put on 34 runs for the first wicket.
The latter was the first to go, in the seventh over, but his partner made good use of the run of form he has been enjoying lately.
Vijay smacked 40 runs off 34 balls, with four fours and one six, giving impetus to the run chase. In doing so he added 45 runs for the second wicket with JP Duminy (19) who came out to bat at number three.
Vijay was the second wicket to fall, bowled by Rohit Sharma (1-20), after the 50-run mark had come in the 10th over. Lasith Malinga (2-17) got rid of Duminy but the breakthrough wasn’t enough to uplift Mumbai’s spirits.
Malinga provided another wicket, sending back Dinesh Karthik (2), but Kevin Pietersen got back into some form with 26 unbeaten runs off 18 balls, inclusive of two fours and one six.
Kedhar Jadhav scored 14 not out, off 10 balls hitting two fours, and gave his skipper ample support to take the Daredevils across the finish line. Corey Anderson (1-16) was the other wicket-taker.
Earlier, the Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat first. To bring about a change in their fortunes, they went for another batting-order change with Rohit Sharma coming out to open in place of Mike Hussey. But it didn’t work as the skipper was dismissed for just four runs.
Youngster Aditya Tare (8) left early too and Mumbai were reeling at 17 for two in the fourth over.
Anderson (13) came in at number three once again, but failed to make an impact, as wickets kept falling at regular intervals upsetting any momentum that Mumbai were trying to gain.
Ambati Rayudu (14) fell seven runs later but Hussey (10), coming in at number five, delayed the inevitable enough to cross the 50-run mark in the 11th over. It wasn’t enough as he fell in the 14th over, with the score only reading 63 for five.
Kieron Pollard then smacked 33 unbeaten runs off 30 balls, with two fours and two sixes, to help Mumbai cross the 100-run mark late in the 18th over.
Chidhambaram Gautam helped him with a blitz of 22 runs off 19 balls, with three fours, and together they gave the score a competitive look.
Jaidev Unadkat (2-29) was the Daredevils’ most successful bowler, while Shahbaz Nadeem (1-19) and Wayne Parnell (1-17) also took a wicket each.
With this win, Delhi move up to sixth in the points’ table, boasting four points from five games. Mumbai are languishing in the last spot, having lost all of their four matches.
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