Krunal Pandya stars in Mumbai Indians' one sided victory © AFP
Krunal Pandya stars in Mumbai Indians’ one sided victory © AFP

Mumbai Indians (MI) kept their hopes alive by beating Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 80 runs in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. MI also improved their Net Run Rate which enhanced their chances to reach the qualifiers of IPL 9. MI replaced DD at No. 3 in the points table, finally wining after two consecutive defeats at their new home ground Vishakhapatnam. Nothing seemed to be going in favor of Delhi, right from the start from the game. Krunal Pandya’s blistering knock helped Mumbai reach an almost invincible target. The match eventually turned out to be a one sided affair with defending champions Mumbai emerging as winners. Here are a few highlights from the match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2016, Match 47 at 

Rohit Sharma and Martin Guptill start well: Rohit Sharma and Martin Guptill shared a 46-run opening partnership before Rishabh Pant pulled off a blinder of a catch at point off Amit Mishra’s bowling to end Rohit’s knock. Till then Rohit and Guptill were looking unstoppable. The duo picked up 17 runs off Chris Morris’ first two overs and were similarly effective against the others as well.

Martin Guptill and Krunal Pandya go big: Guptill took a back seat after Rohit’s dismissal, as No. 3 batsman Krunal Pandya started hitting boundaries as soon as he walked to the crease. The pair created pressure on the spinners by hitting them for some massive sixes. Krunal was especially severe on Imran Tahir, throwing him off his line and making Delhi Daredevils regret their decision of excluding Nathan Coulter-Nile from the playing XI.

Krunal’s brutal onslaught: Krunal had shown glimpses of his ability with the bat earlier in the tournament, but he finally had the chance to play a decent innings this time around, and he made full use of the chance. He did not spare anyone, and did not allow any bowler to gain rhythm. He the ball around the park and scored 86 off 37 deliveries with the help of 7 fours and 6 sixes. He even went after veteran Zaheer Khan before Morris removed him with a peach.

Morris turnaround halted by Jos Buttler and Ambati Rayudu: Morris removed the danger man Krunal and also accounted for the massive wicket of Kieron Pollard, disrupting MI’s momentum. Sadly for DD, Jos Buttler and Ambati Rayudu contributed to the score with valuable cameos at the end. Buttler scored 18 off 9 deliveries and Ambati Rayudu struck 13 off 5 balls to take MI past 200 mark ending the innings on  a high.

Vinay Kumar’s 100th IPL wicket: Vinay Kumar, playing his first match of IPL 2016, removed opener Mayank Agarwal in his first over to put the visitors under pressure right from the beginning while chasing a mammoth total of 207.

DD keep losing wickets: DD needed Quinton De Kock to lead from the front to get them anywhere near the target, but he kept losing partners. Karun Nair’s soft dismissal and Sanju Samson’s slow start and subsequent run out made life increasingly tough for de Kock. He kept scoring runs from one end but lost partners at the other.

Krunal strikes with the ball: Krunal took the crucial wicket of de Kock to spoil DD’s chances in the match. De Kock walked off the field after scoring 40 off 28 deliveries. It had been a good innings, but nowhere near enough for DD. Krunal also chipped in with the final wicket of the match to help MI bowl out DD in the final over.

Bumrah’s double blow: Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets in two deliveries to end Delhi’s chances to make a comeback in the match. He removed JP Duminy and Rishabh Pant to all but seal victory for Mumbai Indians. He later chipped in with the wicket of Amit Mishra to make matters worse for Delhi.

A flurry of wickets: Delhi started losing wickets in clusters thanks to Bumrah taking 3 wickets in 5 balls. After that came the direct hits to remove all-rounder Morris and leg-spinner Tahir. Delhi managed to score only 126 runs, getting bundled up with five balls to spare.

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)