Malinga star in Mumbai win

Lasith Malinga grabbed five wickets in a superb exhibition of fast bowling to set up Mumbai Indians’ eight-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils

New Delhi: Apr 11, 2011

 

Lasith Malinga grabbed five wickets in a superb exhibition of fast bowling to set up Mumbai Indians’ eight-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Sunday.

 

In another match, Yuvraj Singh’s Pune Warriors made an impressive IPL debut when they posted an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab with more than six overs to spare in Mumbai.

 

Sri Lankan Malinga, known for bowling accurate yorkers, finished with 5-13 off 3.4 overs as Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians dismissed Virender Sehwag’s Delhi Daredevils for 95 in the Twenty20 tournament.

 

Naman Ojha (29) and Venugopal Rao (26) were the main contributors for Delhi, who could not even bat their full quota of 20 overs. Five batsmen failed to open their accounts in a dismal batting performance.

 

Mumbai did not face any difficulty in achieving a modest target, winning their opening match with more than three overs to spare at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in New Delhi.

 

Tendulkar (46 not out), who added 68 for the unfinished third-wicket stand with Rohit Sharma (27 not not), ended the match when he drove seamer Irfan Pathan through the covers for a four.

 

Malinga jolted Delhi with two wickets in three balls when he bowled Australian David Warner and local boy Unmukt Chand in his opening over.

 

Delhi suffered a big setback when Sehwag was run out for 19 following Tendulkar’s direct-hit at the striker’s end.

 

Malinga then returned for his second spell to get two more wickets in one over, again in the space of three deliveries, when he bowled Rao and South African Morne Morkel. He ended the innings when he removed Ashok Dinda.

 

Brief scores: Delhi Daredevils 95 in 17.4 overs (Naman Ojha 29, Venugopal Rao 26; Lasith Malinga 5-13, Harbhajan Singh 2-14) lost to Mumbai Indians 99-2 in 16.5 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 46 not out, Rohit Sharma 27 not out) by eight wickets.

 

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