Delhi bowlers have come back well in this innings © PTI (File Photo)
Delhi bowlers have come back well in this innings © PTI (File Photo)


May 23, 2014


Mumbai Indians have totally lost the bearings of their innings as they have lost six wickets in the last four overs. They are now reeling at 167 for the loss of seven wickets at the end of 18 overs against Delhi Daredevils. Delhi have come back very strongly in this match after a poor start.


After losing the explosive pair of Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard in the 15th over to some inspired bowling by Jaydev Unadkat, Mumbai then lost another wicket in the form of the experienced Ambati Rayudu in the very next over. Rayudu went for the expansive inside out lofted drive over long-off off Shahbaz Nadeem’s bowling, instead just handed a simple catch to Murali Vijay at long-off, who literally didn’t have move at all. And it didn’t end there. Aditya Tare joined the procession, as he too gave away his wicket in the 17th over to Imran Tahir. After hitting the second ball of the over for a boundary, he tried for another one off the next ball, but handed another simple catch to Kedar Jadhav.


The sudden burst of wickets have stalled Mumbai’s progress. Their progress has been halted, but still they look good for a huge total if the lower order can score some valuable runs.


Earlier in the innings, after Delhi had won the toss and elected to bowl first, Mumbai made a surprise change in their playing XI when they asked the umpire if they could replace an injured Praveen Kumar with Pragyan Ojha in the already announced playing XI.


Then, 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 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 then.


But then, matters started to go out of hand as Hussey took the attack to the cleaners and was soon joined by Simmons too. After bringing up the fifty inside five overs, both the openers carried on. Imran Tahir then came on to bowl the ninth over, and Simmons hit him for 17 runs in the over before losing his wicket off the final ball of the over. Simmons’s wicket brought the Mumbai captain, Rohit Sharma to the centre.


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