Delhi Daredevils 165-1 (Sehwag 95no) beat
Mumbai Indians 161-4 (Sharma 73) by 9 wickets
Indian Premier League 2013, Delhi
Report by Chetan Narula
Delhi Daredevils broke their six-match losing streak in the 2013 IPL (eight matches if you consider 2012 as well) when they beat Mumbai Indians by nine wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. The hosts finally broke their duck and put two points on the tally, yet still languish in last spot and will need a lot of repeat performances if they are to have even a slim hope of making the knock-outs. Mumbai meanwhile suffered a second straight loss and failed to climb up from their fifth spot in the table, with six points from as many games.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat first. And they set the tone for the day as Dwayne Smith, coming in for Mitchell Johnson, opened the innings with Sachin Tendulkar. The experiment did not work as Smith (8) fell in the fourth over, with the score at 11 for one. Two overs later, Mumbai suffered another blow as in-form Dinesh Karthik was run-out for 2 runs. But then Rohit Sharma joined Tendulkar in the middle and the two put on 96 runs for the third wicket, with the runs coming in only 67 balls.
Tendulkar notched his highest score in this season’s IPL, making 54 runs off 47 balls, with three fours and two sixes. He was out in the 17th over, trying to force the pace. Sharma though carried on and added 31 runs with Kieron Pollard (19), outscoring the big-hitting West Indian once again. Sharma top-scored with 73 runs off only 43 balls, inclusive of five fours and an equal number of sixes. But he fell just short of the 150-run mark, as Umesh Yadav finished as Delhi’s best bowler on display with figures of two for 31. Roeloff van der Merwe was the other wicket-taker with one for 35 from his four overs.
Mumbai eventually finished at 161 for four in their allotted twenty overs, and going by the recent tournament history, it seemed another tough climb for the Daredevils.
But Mahela Jayawardene had other ideas and he tried an experiment of his own, opening the ininngs with Virender Sehwag. And Delhi’s ploy worked out better than that of their opponents, as the new opening pair smacked the Mumbai attack all over the Kotla. They racked up 60 runs in just six overs as Delhi reached fifty before five overs were bowled, and then brought up the 100-run partnership in only 9.4 overs.
Sehwag completed his half-century off only 31 balls, while Mahela reached his fifty in 34 balls. But the two weren’t finished as yet, taking their partnership past 150 in just 95 balls and all but consigning Mumbai to defeat. Their partnership was eventually broken, at 151, by Lasith Malinga (1-26). Jayawardene scored 59 runs off 43 balls, with eight fours and one six. Sehwag meanwhile motored on and with David Warner (7 not out) keeping him company, took Delhi past the finish line in style. Sehwag remained unbeaten on 95 runs, coming off only 57 balls, inclusive of 13 fours and two sixes as he put the Mumbai Indians to sword.
© Cricket World 2013
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