Krunal Pandya was looking at ease during his stay at the crease © AFP
Krunal Pandya was looking at ease during his stay at the crease © AFP

Krunal Pandya smashes it all around the park to take Mumbai Indians (MI) to 206 for 4 in their 20 overs against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in IPL 2016, Match 47 at Visakapatnam. He was well supported by Martin Guptill , who missed out on scoring his maiden IPL fifty and was dismissed for 42-ball 48. Guptill and krunal put on 98 for the second wicket, which set up things for MI beautifully. Krunal, to everyone’s surprise came in at No. 3 ahead of the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Jos Buttler and Kieron Pollard He justified his promotion with a scintillating innings. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2016, Match 47 at Visakhapatnam

Pollard walked in at No. 4 and was a mere spectator as Krunal was smashing it everywhere. Krunal was particularly severe on Amit Mishra, who went for 42 runs in his four overs. Even Imran Tahir was not spared as he went for over 59 runs in his spell. Tahir therefore becomes the most expensive bowler in IPL 2016, surpassing 58 runs hot off Karn Sharma. Krunal hit as many as seven fours and six sixes as he was cleaned up by Chris Morris for 37-ball 86. Jos Buttler and Ambati Rayudu then took MI to the brink of 200, after Pollard played a strange shot to get out. Live Cricket Updates Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 2016, Match 47 at Visakhapatnam

Chris Morris was the best bowler for DD. He went for just 34 runs in four overs and also picked up a couple of wickets, including the crucial wicket of Krunal. DD will have their work cut out. Their top-order consisting  of Quniton de Kock, Sanju Samson and Karun Nair will have to the bulk of scoring. JP Duminy too will have to return to form in this match, else DD might find it extremely tough to win from here.

Earlier, DD had won the toss and elected to bat first. Zaheer Khan and Imran Tahir are back in the team for DD. Guptill’s inclusion has added a major boost for MI. He is n excellent fielder as well and can save some crucial runs for the team. Guptill makes his way into the team in place of Tim Southee. Indian medium pacer Vinay Kumar too finds a place in the playing XI.

 Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians 206 for 4 in 20 Overs (Martin Guptill 48, Krunal Pandya 86; Chris Morris 2 for 34) vs Delhi Daredevils

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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)