Mumbai Demolish Delhi And Go Top Again
Mumbai Indians 178-4 (Rayudu 59) beat
Delhi Daredevils 146 (Hopes 55) by 32 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Mumbai
The Mumbai Indians continued their dominance at the top of the IPL with a comprehensive 32 run victory over the Delhi Daredevils at Mumbai. It took their points tally to 16 and brought almost certain assurances of a place in the play-offs, while diminishing any such hopes for their opposition.
Mumbai began their dominance early in the day when they were put into bat. Aiden Blizzard, opening the innings with Sachin Tendulkar, took over the role of aggressor and hit 37 runs off 28 balls, including eight fours. Tendulkar was out in the 6th over when Irfan Pathan bowled him for just 14 runs, and in the next over, Blizzard was out too, leaving Mumbai at 54 for 2. It brought together Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma to the crease and the duo shared an 87 run partnership for the third wicket.
Rayudu made 59 runs off 39 balls, with seven fours and two sixes. But Rohit was not able to complete his fifty as Morne Morkel had him caught at 49. He took 32 balls for his runs and struck two fours as well as three sixes. Together they took their team past the 100 run mark in the 13th over and then set their eyes on a total out of Delhi’s reach.
Sharma was out in the 17th over and Rayudu in the 19th, but 31 runs came in the interim which propelled them to 178 for 4 in 20 overs.
Delhi always rely upon their openers to take on the opposition and if they fail, that is in all probability the end of the match. In that sense, Harbhajan Singh struck in the first over to remove David Warner, then Lasith Malinga bowled Colin Ingram in the second over and later Munaf Patel snapped up dangerman Virender Sehwag as also Naman Ojha, both in the space of four balls in the third over.
The score read seven for four and that was technically the end of the match. James Hopes however fought on with a half century and he was supported by Venugopal Rao and Irfan Pathan, as the trio went about bringing some respectability to the total. Hope made 55 runs off 44 balls with ten hits to the fence.
Rao made 37 runs while Pathan chipped in with 23 as they helped Delhi cross fifty and then hundred runs. Despite their best efforts though, Delhi were bowled out for 146 runs in the 20th over bringing an end to a mismatched game of cricket.
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