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Delhi Overcome Home Ground Jinx To Agonize Mumbai

Shreyas Iyer scored a 56-ball 83 as Delhi Daredevils ended their losing streak at home defeating Mumbai Indians by 37 runs.
Shreyas Iyer scored a 56-ball 83 as Delhi Daredevils ended their losing streak at home defeating Mumbai Indians by 37 runs.

DD 190-4 (Iyer 83) beat
MI 153-9 (Rohit 30) by 37 runs
21st match, IPL in Delhi

Shreyas Iyer showed his potential as Delhi Daredevils (DD) broke their home-ground jinx finally winning a game against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 21st game  of the Indian Premier League (IPL) winning by 37 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

MI won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Mayank Agarwal (1) departed in the third ball of the game, pulling a short one straight to Ambati player in the IPL put up a partnership of 154 with his skipper JP Duminy (78), the second highest for Delhi Daredevils in all IPL games.

Iyer’s 56-ball knock had seven fours and five sixes, his overall tally of 14 sixes currently the Rayudu at short midwicket.

However, young Iyer (83), who is one of the prime contenders for the award for the best young highest amongst all batsmen this season.

Iyer got stuck into Mitchell McClenaghan (2-38) very early hitting him for a four and a six in the third over.

Duminy upped the ante further, hitting Jasprit Bumrah (1-55) for consecutive sixes on the leg side, one a flick that went really far and another a pull. DD managed 45 for one in six overs.

MI were able to keep things under control after the power-play, DD only managing 65 for one at the end of 10 overs.

But the 11th over really turned things around as Iyer smacked Bumrah for a six and two fours, the last one a perfect yorker squeezed out to third man, displaying his complete palette of shots and bringing up yet another half-century this season with it.

Duminy took up the cue and ruined Kieron Pollard’s (0-25) figures after the latter bowled his first over for just five runs.

In the 12th over bowled by Pollard, Duminy smacked a four and two sixes, Iyer following it up with a six and four off McClenaghan again.

Harbhajan Singh (0-34) who had been economical until then wasn’t spared by Iyer either.

Iyer tonked Harbhajan for two massive sixes, one of them a slog-sweep in an 18 run over, DD moving on to 130 for one in 14 overs. 

Iyer threw away his wicket moving two far outside off to a Lasith Malinga (1-23) yorker that broke the leg stump into two.

Duminy smashed six sixes himself to manage a strike-rate of 156 to match Iyer’s 148. DD managed only 53 runs from the last five overs.

Angelo Mathews (17) played a lovely cameo to ensure DD had an above par score of 190 to defend on a slow sluggish pitch.

For MI, Malinga was brilliant but every other bowler went for plenty.

MI started well, Lendl Simmons (15) striking Nathan Coulter-Nile (1-36) for couple of fours in the third over followed by Parthiv Patel (28) doing the same against Duminy (0-14), who surprisingly took the ball ahead of the more seasoned leg-spinners in his team and went for 14 runs.

Domnic Muthuswami (1-7) got the first breakthrough, getting Simmons to mishit one down the ground, Duminy backpedalling and taking a really good catch.

Patel clobbered Mathews (2-15) for a four and six before hitting one to Imran Tahir who took a fine catch at deep midwicket.

The top six batsmen of the MI all got starts but none went the full distance.

MI were in the chase at 81 for three by the end of the 10th over. But Amit Mishra (2-32) got the dangerous Pollard (10) who could only manage one six. 

The 14th over was good for MI as Rohit Sharma (30) and Rayudu (30) hit a six each in a 15-run over.

The pair added 49 in 34 balls, Rayudu smacking two fine fours off Coulter-Nile in the 16th.

But, Rohit mishit a pull of Coulter-Nile, Shahbaz Nadeem taking a fine catch at deep square leg, just avoiding a collision.

Tahir (3-22) bowled a sensational 17th over picking three wickets of Hardik Pandya (0), Rayudu and McClenaghan (0) to put the last nails in the coffin.

Muthuswami was measly at the start getting the early breakthrough.

Rest of the DD bowlers were all at par. Tahir though, was the standout bowler, taking the Purple Cap and bowling at an economy of just 5.5.

Iyer was given the man-of-the-match. DD finally end their nine game losing streak at home while MI have now lost five of their first six games.

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