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Mumbai: Apr 9, 2013
Mumbai Indians have thrashed Delhi Daredevils by 44 runs at the Wankhede Stadium to notch their second win of the tournament. Delhi are yet to open their account in IPL 6 and should be disappointed with their performance tonight, especially after the way they started. That’s it from us then tonight. Join us again tomorrow for Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings. Good night!
DD 165/9 | Overs 20 | Morkel 23*, Yadav 5* (Mumbai Indians win by 44 runs)
Ashish Nehra (1) tries to smack Kieron Pollard over mid-wicket, but can only find Pragyan Ojha. Pollard, meanwhile, is having some fun by bowling from way behind the crease, almost next to the umpire. Morne Morkel then heaves a maximum off the last ball to give Delhi whatever little pride. Crunching win for Mumbai.
DD 154/8 | Overs 19 | Morkel 17*, Nehra 1*
Morne Morkel hits three boundaries on the trot off Mitchell Johnson to provide a mini anti-climax, but Delhi have left too much for too late. They are now mathematically out of the match.
Delhi need another 70 runs from six balls.
DD 140/8 | Overs 18 | Morkel 4*, Nehra 0*
Manpreet Juneja falls one run short of what would have been a brilliant 50 under pressure after a superb direct hit from Rishi Dhawan at mid-wicket. Even a miracle cannot save Delhi now, can it?
The Daredevils need 70 runs from 12 balls. They are one ball away from being mathematically out of this match.
DD 137/7 | Overs 17 | Juneja 48*, Morkel 2*
Shahbaz Nadeem (2) makes room against Pragyan Ojha and tries to clear point, but the ball lobs up in the air for Rishi Dhawan to take an easy catch.
Delhi need 73 from 18 balls.
DD 132/6 | Overs 16 | Juneja 46*, Nadeem 1*
Kedar Jadhav (1) is foxed by a Lasith Malinga slower ball and the Mumbai Indians have wicket no 6. The Daredevils are falling apart like a pack of cards here at the Wankhede. Manpreet Juneja, who has been stranded in the middle, manages to flick one off his pads for four down fine-leg to take six runs from the over.
Delhi need 78 from 24 balls.
DD 126/5 | Overs 15 | Juneja 41*, Jadhav 1*
Irfan Pathan (6) goes for a slog off Pragyan Ojha in a bid to up the run-rate and finds Mitchell Johnson at deep mid-wicket. This is surely Mumbai’s match now, unless Manpreet Juneja sparks a remarkable solo late surge. He needs Kedar Jadhav to stick around with him for that.
Delhi need 84 off 30 balls.
DD 118/4 | Overs 14 | Juneja 33*, Pathan 6*
Harbhajan Singh finishes off a fine spell of one for 24 as we head into the last six overs of this match. Delhi Daredevils still need another 92 runs in 36 balls.
DD 113/4 | Overs 13 | Juneja 33*, Pathan 6*
Pragyan Ojha comes back for his second over after being hit for 11 in his first. This time, he goes for 11 more with some help from five wides after Karthik failed to latch on to a ball drifting down the leg.
DD 102/4 | Overs 12 | Juneja 32*, Pathan 2*
Mumbai Indians have another wicket in quick succession. Jeevan Mendis (0) does not last long as he gives a simple return catch to Kieron Pollard, who goes to pocket the ball before realising his pants don’t have one! Mumbai Indians are back on top here after Warner and Juneja had briefly taken over the drivers’ seat.
DD 97/3 | Overs 11 | Juneja 30*, Mendis 0*
David Warner (61) hits his Australian compatriot Mitchell Johnson for 11 runs off three deliveries before holing out to Ambati Rayudu at deep extra cover. It was a needless shot with enough damage been done already and Delhi could go on to repent this wicket.
DD 84/2 | Overs 10 | Warner 51*, Juneja 27*
David Warner launches Kieron Pollard behind long-on for a huge maximum. Almost 50 percent of his runs have come in the region. He brings up his fifty with a nice cut for four as we reach the halfway point. Mumbai were 80 for two at this stage. Warner has to carry on and do a Karthik for Delhi.
DD 69/2 | Overs 9 | Warner 39*, Juneja 25*
Manpreet Juneja gets a cheeky boundary through to the third-man fence via a reverse sweep off Harbhajan Singh. Another four runs come off the over and we’re into the first Strategic Timeout. Delhi will have to plot a surge soon enough, with Warner doing a Karthik.
DD 61/2 | Overs 8 | Warner 37*, Juneja 19*
Kieron Pollard bowls a tidy first over, conceding just four runs. Delhi need to pick up their rate here; just one big over here and there is not going to be enough when you’re chasing 209 in 20 overs.
DD 57/2 | Overs 7 | Warner 35*, Juneja 17*
Pragyan Ojha comes into the attack for the first time. A good over is ruined on the fifth ball when Davey Warner hits his second maximum of the innings, this time targeting the crowd behind deep mid-wicket.
DD 46/2 | Overs 6 | Warner 25*, Juneja 16*
Lasith Malinga comes back for his second over and targets the block hole for majority of it, conceding just four runs. The asking rate is now almost 12 for Delhi.
DD 42/2 | Overs 5 | Warner 23*, Juneja 15*
Manpreet Juneja hits two boundaries off the first two balls of Mitchell Johnson’s second over, before David Warner flicks one off his legs to the deep square-leg fence. Good over for Delhi; they need more like these.
DD 27/2 | Overs 4 | Warner 17*, Juneja 6*
Harbhajan Singh switches ends and bowls another tight over, or is it? Wait, no, David Warner steps out and whacks the off-spinner for a huge six into the stands behind long-off on the last ball of the over to ruin it for Bhajji.
DD 17/2 | Overs 3 | Warner 9*, Juneja 4*
Mitchell Johnson takes the faint edge off Mahela Jayawardene’s (3) bat that is lapped up by new Orange Cap holder Dinesh Karthik behind the sticks. Delhi are off to the worst possible starts here in their chase.
DD 10/1 | Overs 2 | Warner 9*, Jayawardene 1*
Lasith Malinga is tight and accurate as ever in his first over of this season’s IPL for four balls, the remaining two being whipped for four by David Warner. If Warner fires, Delhi have a good chance of chasing this down.
DD 2/1 | Overs 1 | Warner 1*, Jayawardene 1*
Harbhajan Singh, opening the bowling, gets rid of Unmukt Chand first ball, but not without some help from a spectacular one-handed flying catch from Ricky Ponting at cover. Chand went to drive the off-spinner wide of Ponting, who had dropped a couple of tough chances this season, but the former Australian captain showed just why he was regarded as one of the best fielders in his time with this take. Even Jonty Rhodes can’t believe it!
Mumbai Indians have blazed their way to a mammoth 209 for five — the highest total in this year’s IPL — against the Delhi Daredevils thanks to fifties from Dinesh Karthik (86) and Rohit Sharma (74 not out). The Daredevils will have to bat their hearts out to avoid a third consecutive defeat. Join us in a bit for the chase.
MI 209/4 | Overs 20 | Rohit 74*, Harbhajan 1*
Ambati Rayudu (24) perishes, trying to slog for his team in the final over of the innings. Rayudu tries to pull a short ball from Ashish Nehra, but finds the top edge that goes flying in the air only for Nehra to take an easy caught-and-bowled. Rohit Sharma then whacks two consecutive sixes to take Mumbai past the 200-mark. A couple of singles later, Rohit lifts Nehra’s length delivery for another maximum over the deep square-leg boundary.
MI 189/4 | Overs 19 | Rohit 55*, Rayudu 24*
Ambati Rayudu has gone berserk here! Irfan Pathan gifts a juicy full toss to the Hyderabadi, who dispatches it to the deep mid-wicket fence. He follows it up with a massive six over long-off, a clean chip over extra cover for four, before another maximum over the long-off boundary. Twenty-two runs come off the over.
MI 167/4 | Overs 18 | Rohit 54*, Rayudu 3*
Kieron Pollard (13) tries to clear cover with a whack off Ashish Nehra, but only manages to find Shahbaz Nadeem. Relief for the Daredevils as they see the back of the big-hitting Trinidadian. Good over, comparatively, for the visiting team with just seven runs and a wicket coming off it.
This is now the highest score in IPL 6. Is 200 still possible with Pollard gone?
MI 160/3 | Overs 17 | Rohit 50*, Pollard 13*
Rohit Sharma brings up his first fifty of this IPL. The young man has played really well under pressure after failures in the first two games. Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard continues to amaze with a horizontal-bat straight drive for four. What brute power!
MI 149/3 | Overs 16 | Rohit 44*, Pollard 8*
Kieron Pollard takes over from Dinesh Karthik; all the burly West Indian needs is a gentle flick of the wrists to sned Umesh Yadav’s delivery into the stands behind long-off. He’s gotten a promotion here at No 5 and he wants to make the most of it!
MI 134/3 | Overs 15 | Rohit 42*, Pollard 1*
Morne Morkel’s yorker brings an end to a splendid innings from Dinesh Karthik (86 off 48 balls). Fired right into the block hole, Karhik tries to flick it off his legs, but the leading edge goes straight to Jeevan Mendis at cover. Kieron Pollard is the new man in. Earlier, Rohit Sharma got a lucky boundary off Morkel after his edge went racing to the third-man fence with no slips in place. Rohit followed it up with a cheeky scoop over fine-leg for four more.
116 runs have come off the last 10 overs. How many more can Mumbai Indians get off the last five?
MI 124/2 | Overs 14 | Karthik 86*, Rohit 29*
Dinesh Karthik races into the eighties with two successive pulls for four to the deep backward square-leg and deep mid-wicket boundaries. He is looking unstoppable here. And it’s time for another Strategic Timeout. Delhi should be strategising how to restrict Mumbai below 200!
MI 113/2 | Overs 13 | Karthik 77*, Rohit 27*
Another good over for Mumbai, 13 runs coming off it. Rohit Sharma decided to get some of the action with a six over deep extra cover. Karthik joins in with a boundary to the point boundary.
MI 100/2 | Overs 12 | Karthik 72*, Rohit 19*
Dinesh Karthik targets the deep mid-wicket and deep cover boundaries for a six and a four, respectively, as Shahbaz Nadeem goes for 26 runs in his first three overs.
MI 87/2 | Overs 11 | Karthik 61*, Rohit 17*
Dinesh Karthik ruins an otherwise good first over from Jeevan Mendis with another late dab to the third-man fence off the last ball of the over.
MI 80/2 | Overs 10 | Karthik 56*, Rohit 15*
A surprisingly quiet over from Shahbaz Nadeem, just five runs coming from it. At the halfway stage, Mumbai have done well to reach 80 for two after being six for two after the first couple of overs. Karthik is the key here; if he can stay till the end, Mumbai can aim for 170-plus.
MI 75/2 | Overs 9 | Karthik 54*, Rohit 12*
Dinesh Karthik is doing his India selection bid a world of good with this gem of an innings. Umesh Yadav errs twice by banging it in short to the right-hander, and Karthik pulls it to the mid-wicket fence on both occasions. Karthik gets to his half-century in just 29 balls, before flicking Yadav deftly to the deep square-leg fence. Terrific stuff, this! It’s time for the Strategic Timeout and Delhi Daredevils really need to do some damage control.
MI 59/2 | Overs 8 | Karthik 43*, Rohit 11*
Dinesh Karthik welcomes left-arm orthodox spinner Shahbaz Nadeem into the attack with a late dab to third-man for four. Mumbai Indians owner Neeta Ambani is all smiles now after the early nerves.
MI 51/2 | Overs 7 | Karthik 37*, Rohit 9*
Mumbai Indians seem to have shaken off their early blues. Morne Morkel bowls a tidy over before over-stepping on the final delivery. Rohit Sharma dispatches the free hit over the third-man boundary for six. That’ll do his confidence a world of good.
MI 38/2 | Overs 6 | Karthik 33*, Rohit 1*
Dinesh Karthik pulls Ashish Nehra for six over deep square leg before stepping out and whipping him for four again to the same boundary. Karthik ends the over with another heave to the deep mid-wicket fence. Sixteen runs come off the over. Fascinating counterattack, this; Nehra looks lost. Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, finally gets off the mark.
MI 22/2 | Overs 5 | Karthik 18*, Rohit 0*
Umesh Yadav charges in and bowls a tight over, conceding only two runs. Delhi Daredevils have used four different seam bowlers in the first five overs. Mumbai have only one more over of the fielding restrictions left to expolit.
MI 20/2 | Overs 4 | Karthik 17*, Rohit 0*
Irfan Pathan bowls another tidy over after switching ends. Rohit Sharma is still to open his account. Wankhede Stadium is buzzing inspite of the double early blow.
MI 14/2 | Overs 3 | Karthik 13*, Rohit 0*
Dinesh Karthik continues with his terrific start this season with two sweetly timed boundaries in the cover region to welcome Morne Morkel back into the IPL. Mumbai will need another responsible innings from him.
MI 6/2 | Overs 2 | Karthik 5*, Rohit 0*
Mumbai Indians lose Sachin Tendulkar (1) as well and this is a disastrous start to their first home game. Tendulkar goes for a run that never was and Mahela Jayawardene gets a direct hit from mid-off to send him packing.
MI 0/1 | Overs 1 | Tendulkar 0*, Karthik 0*
Irfan Pathan picks up Ricky Ponting for a duck in the very first over. The Ponting-Tendulkar partnership fails again as Delhi Daredevils get off to a perfect start. Ponting was struggling to connect after taking strike first and eventually desperation got the better of him as he holed out to mid-off.
Lasith ‘Slinga’ Malinga is playing today in place of Munaf Patel. As for Delhi, Morne Morkel is back into the mix as Andre Russel misses out, but no Virender Sehwag yet. Jeevan Mendis also finds a place in place of Johan Botha.
Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga.
Delhi Daredevils: Unmukt Chand, David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Jeevan Mendis, Manpreet Juneja, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Ashish Nehra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav.
This is Jaideep Vaidya and I will be bringing you over-by-over updates of the big match. Mumbai vs Delhi — full house, great track, expect a humdinger!
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