IPL 2013: Mumbai Hand Delhi Third Straight Defeat

IPL 2013: Mumbai Hand Delhi Third Straight Defeat
IPL 2013: Mumbai Hand Delhi Third Straight Defeat
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Mumbai Indians 209-5 (Karthik 86) beat
Delhi Daredevils 165-9 by 44 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Mumbai
Report by John Pennington

Mumbai Indians racked up the first score in excess of 200 in the Indian Premier League 2013 on their way to a 44-run thrashing of Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium.

Dinesh Karthik continued his fine run of form with a half-century and Rohit Sharma followed suit as Mumbai piled up 209 for five and then held Delhi to 165 for nine in reply.

Karthik struck an excellent 86 in just 48 balls while Sharma was unbeaten on 74 in 50 balls; Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha and Kieron Pollard then took two wickets apiece to render David Warner's 61 in 37 balls inadequate.

Once again, support for Delhi's main batsmen proved a scarce commodity as only Manprit Juneja, who made 49 not out in 40 balls, and Morne Morkel, not out on 23 in nine deliveries, made much impression with the bat aside from the seemingly perpetually prolific Warner.

Karthik has already made a significant impression on the tournament and his half-century tonight was a match-winning effort, striking 14 fours and two sixes. Sharma hit four fours and five sixes and the pair were together early on after the 'Pondulkar' opening partnership failed spectacularly: Ricky Ponting went without scoring and Sachin Tendulkar was run out (again) for one.

Mumbai's pint-sized counter-punchers put on 131 for the third wicket and when it was finally broken by Morkel (1-43) Pollard waltzed in, struck a quick 13 in seven balls but even his dismissal didn't end the carnage, Ambati Rayudu hammering 24 in eight balls.

Ashish Nehra grabbed a couple of wickets but leaked 49 runs and none of the six bowlers used by Mahela Jayawardene conceded less than 8.5 an over.

Unmukt Chand then suffered the ignominy of a second golden duck in the tournament when he was caught by Ponting off Harbhajan Singh and Jayawardene, returning to the venue of his memorable World Cup final hundred two years ago, made just two before he was snaffled by Johnson.

Warner thumped five fours and four sixes and together with Juneja, whose contribution included six fours in 40 balls, took Delhi on to 95 for three to give them an outside chance of an unlikely win. Warner's wicket was the big one for Mumbai and it came when Johnson had him caught by Rayudu, and the visitors would add only another 70 runs in less than 10 overs.

Warner gone, Delhi gone, is fast becoming the story of Delhi's IPL, but Mumbai must be given due credit for their performance in closing out the game in ruthless fasion.

Juneja tried his best, but faced with a highly experienced bowling attack and wickets tumbling at the other end, he was powerless to continue Warner's hard work.

Pollard dismissed Jeevan Mendis for a golden duck and Nehra for one, Ojha's victims were Irfan Pathan (10) and Shahbaz Nadeem (1), Lasith Malinga celebrated his first game of the season with Kedhar Jadhav's wicket for one and Rishi Dhawan got in on the act by running out Juneja late on.

On a day where, aside from their openers falling within nine balls of the start, almost everything went Mumbai's way. Warner and Juneja apart, the Delhi team will be able to take very few positives from this performance, which leaves them with a record of played three, lost three.

Alarm bells must already be starting to ring at the Feroz Shah Kotla although they do at least have the return of Virender Sehwag to look forward to. Mumbai, despite looking as if they have too many batsmen to cram into their top order at times, are beginning to look like very serious contenders indeed.

© Cricket World 2013

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