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Mumbai Indians keep their hopes of qualifying for IPL 2014 playoffs alive by beating Dehli Daredevils

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Mumbai Indians held their nerve to defeat Delhi Daredevils in IPL 7 © PTI

May 23, 2014

After a fine start, Delhi Daredevils lost their way in the game against Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. Kevin Pietersen gave them a flying start, but tried to play a switch hit and was cleaned up by Harbhajan Singh, the veteran off-spinner. It was huge blow for Delhi. After that Manoj Tiwary and JP Duminy tried to steady Delhi’s innings but it was too late, as finally Mumbai won the game by a margin of 15 runs. It has to be said though, both Tiwary and Duminy played well by mixing caution with aggression.

Duminy in particular, showcased his class by clouting, Pragyan Ojha bowling from around the wicket between mid-wicket and wide long for six. Tiwary finally lost his wicket to Marchant de Lange’s bowling.  In the end, a fine victory for Mumbai and they desperately needed to win this game to keep their hopes of qualifying for playoffs alive.

Actually while Mumbai were batting, Michael Hussey showcased his class with a brilliant knock of 56 for Mumbai  versus Delhi in game No 51 of IPL 2014.  Hussey’s knock helped Mumbai to register 173 runs on the board. He played shots all over the park. Hussey even used his feet to Shahbhaz Nadeem, the slow left arm orthodox and smashed him for a six.  Hussey though, was finally run out for a well-measured innings of 56 off 33 balls. Lendl Simmons, his opening partner gave him good support by essaying a fine knock of 35. Imran Thair though, got three wickets and that helped Delhi to make a comeback into the game.

All the Delhi’s bowlers were a touch inconsistent early on. But during the end overs, Jaydev Unadkat and Tahir did strike at regular intervals to help Delhi keep Mumbai’s batsmen in check. Even Nadeem, the slow left arm orthodox snared the wicket of Ambati Rayudu. Harbhajan Singh too lost his wicket to Wayne Parnell.  Delhi would have been happy that they were able to pull back Mumbai’s score to 173.

It was Delhi who won the toss and elected to bowl against Mumbai in game No 51 of IPL 2014. The deck at Wankhede stadium is expected to be flat and should favour the batsmen. There was a bit drama before the game started, as  Praveen got injured and it meant that after some discussions, Praveen was replaced by  the slow left-arm orthodox, Pragyan Ojha.

Wayne Parnell opened the bowling for Delhi. He straightaway looked to bowl full and found a wee bit of swing. Simmons who has been in prime form for Mumbai Indians opened the batting with Michael Hussey. Hussey was the opened who opened his shoulders by essaying a fine shot through the covers for a boundary.

He then went after Mohammed Shami the swing bowler and compiled a boundary through the on-side. He also came down the wicket to hit Parnell for a boundary down the ground. Other than those three boundaries, Delhi have bowled with decent control till now.

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians 173 in 19.4 overs (Michael Hussey 56, Lendl Simmons 35; Imran Tahir 3 for 37) beat Delhi Daredevils 158 for 4 in 20 overs (Kevin Pietersen 44, JP Duminy 43; Merchant de Lange 2 for 32) by 15 runs.

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(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)

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