Imran Tahir snared three wickets for Delhi Daredevils © PTI
Imran Tahir snared three wickets for Delhi Daredevils © PTI

 

By Bharath Ramaraj

 

May 23, 2014

 

Michael Hussey showcased his class with a brilliant knock of 56 for Mumbai Indians versus Delhi Daredevils in game No 51 of Indian Premier League (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.

 

It has to be remembered that it is a must win game for Mumbai. They also need to up their net run rate by considerable margin.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. Finally, Delhi will be happy that they were able to pull back Mumbai’s score to 173.

 

Earlier, Delhi 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) vs Delhi Daredevils.

 

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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)