Zaheer Khan remained wicketless against MI    AFP
Zaheer Khan remained wicketless against MI AFP

Delhi Daredevils (DD) had to undergo 14-run defeat against Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. DD riding on impressive performances from their bowlers restricted a strong MI to 142 for 8 in their 20 overs as Amit Mishra and Pat Cummins took 2 wickets each. But Mitchell McClenaghan (3 for 24) and other MI bowlers halted the weak DD batting at 128 for 7 in 20 overs thereby winning their sixth consecutive game in IPL 2017. DD were rattled very early in their run-chase as they were tottering at 24 for 6 at one stage and so Zaheer Khan, DD captain criticised his batsmen for letting the team down. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 10, Match 25

Talking about the poor show from his batsmen, Zaheer said after the contest, The only chance MI had in the game was by taking early wickets and we brought them back. How many times you are 24 for six and come so close. Early wickets never really help.

Our bowlers did a fantastic job. We needed some smart batting. Strange to see bowlers dominating. One of the games where I felt our pace battery was brilliant. We felt they were 25 runs short, said the veteran Indian pacer.

MI bowlers had successfully removed the top six DD batsmen for just 24 runs on the board and it looked like their innings would soon get over well within 50 runs. But Chris Morris and (52*) and Kagiso Rabada (44) scored 91 runs for the seventh wicket igniting the hopes of DD victory. But the MI bowlers kept things tight in the end eventually winning the game by 14 runs.

Talking about Morris and Rabada s batting, Zaheer said, Considering 24 for six and to lose like this, it was a fantastic effort. I was ready (to bat) for 9-10 overs and when I am ready that early, things are not that well.

DD have played seven games in the tournament so far and have managed to win just two and are currently at No. 5 in the IPL 2017 points table. With the group stage games entering into its final round, the Delhi-based franchise have a tough task of turning their defeats into victories. But Zaheer, still being optimistic, said, We should believe in ourselves and put some good performances together. When we are batting well, we are not bowling well and vice versa. Once things start turning for us, three or four wins should get us back in the tournament.