Simmons scored 43-ball 66 on his comeback, thus earning the Man of the Match award    IANS
Simmons scored 43-ball 66 on his comeback, thus earning the Man of the Match award IANS

Another batting collapse saw Delhi Daredevils (DD) crash to the biggest-ever defeat in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) when they lost the Match 45 of IPL 2017 by 146 runs against Mumbai Indians (MI). After inviting Mumbai to bat first, DD conceded 212 runs. And then chasing a daunting 213, they succumbed to a paltry 66 all-out. For Mumbai, spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma took 3 wickets each while Lasith Malinga took 2 wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan took 1 wicket each. DD required a flying start to gun down the total. They had successfully chased down 186 and 209 in the last two games on this ground. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 10 Match 45

However, things did not start as well as they would have wanted. McClenaghan dismissed Sanju Samson on the first ball of the innings. Little did the two sides know that another DD collapse was to follow? Malinga removed Shreyas Iyer in the second over for 3, thus completing his 150 wickets in all IPLs. He became the first bowler in the history of the tournament to get to the milestone. Karun Nair hit a couple of fours and a six in the next over, showing signs of counterattack. That, however, was just a flash in the pan.

Procession of wickets continued from the other end, as Bumrah got last match s hero Rishabh Pant caught at deep mid-wicket for a duck. Harbhajan then removed Nair and Malinga got rid of Corey Anderson in next two overs, reducing DD to 35 for 5.

The remaining 5 DD wickets were accounted by spinners, as Karn and Harbhajan picked up 3 wickets each. DD were eventually bundled out for 66; 1 less than their previous lowest this season. This was also the biggest-ever victory in the history of IPL in terms of runs, beating the previous record of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) 140-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in first-ever IPL game in 2008.

Earlier, Zaheer won the toss and invited Mumbai to bat first. DD had won the last two games at Feroz Shah Kotla chasing, so the decision to field first did not surprise at all. It was imperative for Mumbai to get to a flyer, considering even 208 was not safe on this ground. The duo of Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons did exactly the same, putting up 79 runs for the first wicket in just 8.4 overs.

With pace not helping DD, Zaheer turned to Amit Mishra, who got them the first breakthrough by dismissing Parthiv for 25. In a surprising move, Rohit Sharma sent in Kieron Pollard to bat at No. 3. The Trinidadian did not disappoint his skipper and with fellow compatriot Simmons, added quick-fire 37 off 23 balls. He was particularly severe to Mishra, hitting him for 4 sixes during his spell. In the process, Simmons completed his fifty and also brought up his 1,000 IPL runs in just 23rd innings, thus becoming second fastest to the milestone.

Simmons eventually fell for 43-ball 66. Rohit then came out to bat at No. 4 and fell cheaply for 10. Hardik Pandya then joined Pollard and the two finished the innings off on a strong note, adding 59 runs in just 27 balls. Pollard completed his fifty in the meantime, off just 29 balls. He remained unbeaten on 63 and Pandya on 29 as Mumbai got past the 200-run mark to finish with 212 for 3.

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians 212 for 3 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 66, Kieron Pollard 63*, Hardik Pandya 29*; Corey Anderson 1 for 29, Kagiso Rabada 1 for 33) beat Delhi Daredevils 66 all-out in 13.4 overs (Karun Nair 21, Corey Anderson 10, Pat Cummins 10; Karn Sharma 3 for 11, Harbhajan Singh 3 for 22, Lasith Malinga 2 for 5) by 146 runs.

Man of the Match: Lendl Simmons