Dominant bowling performance help Mumbai Indians defend 142
Mumbai Indians 142-8 (Buttler 28) beat
Delhi Daredevils 128-7 (Morris 52no) by 14 runs
25th match, Indian Premier League, Mumbai
Mitchell McClenaghan led a collective bowling effort from Mumbai Indians as they successfully defended 143 runs against Delhi Daredevils despite a 91-run stand between Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada to win the 25th match of Indian Premier League at Wankhede Stadium by 14 runs.
Delhi won the toss and decided to field first. The second over bowled by Morris (0-33) saw Jos Buttler (28) smashing a six and a four and was also dropped by Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.
Buttler continued to play the strokes as Mumbai reached 47 runs in the first five overs despite losing Parthiv Patel (8) to Kagiso Rabada (1-30).
An indecision in running led to the run out of the England international and Mumbai found themselves in deep trouble after Nitish Rana (8) and Rohit Sharma (5) were snared by Pat Cummins (2-20) and Amit Mishra (2-18) respectively. Mumbai were 60 for four at that stage.
Kieron Pollard (26) and Krunal Pandya (17) consolidated the innings with a 24-run stand but Delhi once again bounced back after Mishra had the latter caught behind. Just when Pollard was looking to accelerate, he fell in the 18th over to Cummins.
A vital 23-ball knock from Hardik Pandya (24) and a useful cameo from Mitchell Johsnon (7 not out) helped Mumbai post 142 runs for eight wickets in their 20 overs.
Delhi got off to one of the worst possible start in the history of the tournament as they lost Aditya Tare (0), Sanju Samson (9), Karun Nair (5), Shreyas Iyer (6), Corey Anderson (0) and Rishabh Pant (0) in first seven overs and were reduced to 24 for six.
McClenaghan (3-24) picked three wickets in that phase while Hardik (1-23) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-21) snared a wicket apiece.
Rabada (44) and Morris (52 not out) kept Delhi in the hunt despite Mumbai bowlers applying constant pressure. The 50-run stand between duo came off 36 deliveries.
Their 94-run stand meant Delhi needed 52 runs off the final five overs with four wickets in hand but Mumbai conceded just 10 runs in the next two overs to push the required run rate to 14.
Morris struck a four and a six in the 18th over but Bumrah bowled a brilliant penultimate over where he castled Rabada and gave just five runs to make the equation 25 needed off the final over.
Hardik ensured he conceded just 10 runs in the final over despite Morris remaining unbeaten to seal a 14 run win for Mumbai, who continue to top the table. McClenaghan was awarded the man of the match for his three-wicket haul.
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