Saturday 24 May 2008 

Dinesh Karthik The Unlikely Hero For The Daredevils


Mumbai Indians 175-8 (Jayasuriya 66, Uthappa 46no, Yo Mahesh 4-36) v
Delhi Daredevils 179-5 (Karthik 56no, Tiwary 36, Jayasuriya 2-35)

Delhi Daredevils won by five wickets

Dinesh Karthik outshone his more illustrious Delhi Daredevils team-mates as he struck an unbeaten half-century to secure a last over victory over the Mumbai Indians in game 50 of the Indian Premier League in Delhi.

Four wickets from Delhi Daredevils spinner Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh and 66 runs from Sanath Jayasuriya of the Mumbai Indians were the highlights of the first 20 overs before Karthik's 32-ball innings of 56 lit up proceedings.

The Mumbai Indians closed on 176 for eight, the Daredevils overtaking that score for the loss of five wickets with one ball to spare.

Choosing to bowl first, the Daredevils struggled early on with even Glenn McGrath being targeted by Jayasuriya, the left-hander smacking six fours and five sixes in his 42-ball innings.

Yo Mahesh struck to get rid of Sachin Tendulkar (18) and Dwayne Smith (17) before Jayasuriya was caught by Tillakaratne Dilshan off of Tanmay Mishra.

Wickets continued to fall with only Robin Uthappa, who scored an unbeaten 46, really dominating the attaack.

Yo Mahesh finished with four for 36, with Brett Geeves, Farveez Maharoof and Mishra taking a wicket apiece.

The key to defeating the Daredevils thus far has been keeping the top order quiet and this the Indians achieved with Gautam Gambhir (nine), Virender Sehwag (16) and Shikhar Dhawan (27) gone before the score was past one hundred with Andre Nel, Ashish Nehra and Dwayne Smith taking the wickets.

All three had scored at a good rate, and that set the stage for Manoj Tiwary (36 from 29) and Karthik.

Karthik was not to be concerned with the swift dismissal of Dilshan, bowled by Smith for a golden duck as he hammered four fours and three sixes to bring the game home, supported by Maharoof, who was unbeaten on 20 from 13 balls.

� Cricket World 2008

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