Dominant Mumbai Indians confirm play-off berth

Lendl Simmons made a stunning comeback for Mumbai Indians
Lendl Simmons made a stunning comeback for Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians 212-3 (Simmons 66) beat
Delhi Daredevils 66 (Karn 3-11) by 146 runs
45th match, Indian Premier League, Delhi

After Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard scored fluent half centuries to power Mumbai Indians to 212 for three, the bowlers came up with a collective effort to dismiss Delhi Daredevils for just 66 runs and complete a 146-run win in the 45th match of Indian Premier League at Feroz Shah Kotla.

This is also the biggest margin of victory registered in the history of the tournament as Mumbai became the first team this season to book a berth in the play-offs.

Delhi decided to field first on winning the toss. Simmons (66) replaced Jos Buttler for Mumbai and after a cautious start of 18 for naught in the first three overs, the West Indian struck two sixes to inject some momentum into the innings while Parthiv Patel (25) scored two more boundaries to end the powerplay at 60 for naught.

The 79 run opening stand ended when Parthiv was stumped off Amit Mishra (1-37) as Pollard (63 not out) was promoted to number three. Simmons reached his fifty off 37 deliveries while Pollard struck two sixes in the 11th over to get going.

Simmons continued the onslaught with two more sixes but was caught at square leg in the 13th over to give Corey Anderson (1-29) a wicket. Pollard went severe on Mishra as he plundered two more maximums in the 14th over.

Despite losing Rohit Sharma (10), Pollard, who completed a 29-ball fifty along with Hardik Pandya (29 not out) helped Mumbai post 212 for three in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Delhi looked out of sorts as only Karun Nair (21), Anderson (10) and Pat Cummins (10) managing to reach double figure mark.

Harbhajan Singh (3-22), Karn Sharma (3-11) and Lasith Malinga (2-5) were the major wicket takers as Delhi were dismissed for just 66 runs. Simmons was awarded the player of the match for his splendid innings at the top of the order.

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