IPL 6: Mumbai Indians outclass Delhi Daredevils
Mumbai Indians outclassed Delhi Daredevils in every department as the visitors were left overwhelmed by the huge chase to lose by 44 runs at the Wankhede Satdium on Tuesday.
Chasing 210 to win, David Warner and Manprit Juneja were the only Daredevils to offer any resistance as the visitors crumbled to 165 for 9.
While Warner was out in the middle, Delhi still believed they could win, but once he departed for 61 off 37 balls, it was all over. Mitchell Johnson claimed his Aussie mate's wicket.
Juneja with 49 provided Warner able support, but his effort was too little, too late.
Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma's brilliant half-centuries and their 132-run partnership helped Mumbai Indians score IPL 2013's first 200-plus score against Delhi Daredevils.
Karthik smashed a 48-ball 86 while Sharma struck an unbeaten half-century as Mumbai Indians posted an imposing 209 for five against Delhi Daredevils in their Pepsi Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday.
Karthik and Sharma treated the opposition bowlers with disdain as both helped Mumbai recover from two early jolts.
Karthik continued his rich vein of form as he hit 14 fours and two sixes in his aggressive knock while Sharma too played his role to perfection, hitting an unconquered 50-ball 74 to take the team's total past 200-run mark.
Sharma's chanceless knock was laced with 4 fours and five towering hits beyond the boundary line, which included three sixes off the last over bowled by pacer Ashish Nehra.
Ambati Rayudu too played a little cameo, hitting an eight-ball 24 laced with two fours and an equal number of sixes.
Put in to bat, Mumbai got off to a worst possible start as the two batting stalwarts of the game, skipper Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, departed within a few balls of each other with just one run on board.
Irfan Pathan first got rid of Ponting (0) on the final ball of the first over before Mumbai got off the mark.
Ponting came down the track and tried to loft the pacer over mid-off, but struck it straight to Delhi skipper Mahela Jayawardene. In the next over, Tendulkar got run out, giving Delhi edge in the early overs. Dinesh Karthik pushed one to mid off and Tendulkar took off for a quick single but was sent back mid way. Jayawardene got a direct hit from mid off with Tendulkar nowhere to be seen in the picture.
Karthik and Sharma then joined hands in the middle and both of them started the repair job. After watching on few deliveries, Karthik upped his tempo and exploded in the sixth over, hitting Nehra for one six and two fours to accumulate 16 runs off the over. Karthik smashed pacer Umesh Yadav for three fours in his second over to bring up his fifty in just 30 balls with the help of nine fours and one six.
Karthik went about his business in style and forged a 132-run stand with Sharma as the duo sent the bowlers on a leather hunt.
South African pacer, Morne Morkel broke the stand when he had Karthik caught at extra cover by Jeevan Mendis.
Next man-in, Kieron Pollard did not last long as the big-hitting West Indian departed for 13, caught by Shahbaz Nadeem at extra cover off Nehra.
Rayudu then joined forces with Sharma and accumulated 22 runs of Pathan's last over and innings' 19th before being caught by Nehra off his own bowling. Sharma then hit three sixes off Nehra's final four deliveries to post the highest IPL total at the stadium.
Earlier, Ponting won the toss and elected to bat against Delhi Daredevils.
Delhi made two changes to their side, bringing in Morne Morkel and Jeevan Mendis in place of Andre Russell and Johan Botha.
For Mumbai, pacer Lasith Malinga and Rishi Dhawan made it to the playing XI.
Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha and Lasith Malinga.
Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (c), Unmukt Chand, David Warner, Jeevan Mendis, Manprit Juneja, Kedar Jadhav, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Ashish Nehra, Shahbaz Nadeem and Umesh Yadav.