Dominant Delhi too strong for Mumbai
The Delhi Daredevils increased their lead at the top of the Indian Premier League standings thanks to a comfortable 37-run win over the Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday.
The Delhi Daredevils increased their lead at the top of the Indian Premier League standings thanks to a comfortable 37-run win over the Mumbai Indians on Friday.
The visitors' decision to bowl first after winning the toss backfired to the tune of three half-centuries in a hefty total of 207 for five.
Taking the sluggish nature of the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch in their stride, Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene orchestrated a 135-run stand inside 14 overs for the first wicket.
While the Sri Lankan ultimately settled on 55 from 42 balls, eight fours included, the Indian was at his characteristically brutal best. Man of the Match Sehwag faced a mere 39 balls, blazing his way through all of eight boundaries and three sixes for his 73 runs.
The openers, eventually both removed by South African spinner Robin Peterson, then watched from the dugout as Kevin Pietersen cashed in on their solid foundation.
The England star, hauling out his trademark switch-hit on occasion, tonked 50 not out from just 26 deliveries. Six boundaries made up the numbers, while a trio of handsome sixes were a marvel to the eye.
Lasith Malinga, back in the Mumbai XI after a brief injury, was the pick of the bowlers. His four overs only cost him 31 runs and in the process the Sri Lankan pace ace secured two wickets. Peterson, meanwhile wrapped up fine figures of three for 37 from his 24-delivery complement.
Mumbai's reply was in early trouble when Aiden Blizzard, replacing the crocked James Franklin, fell for a duck and Sachin Tendulkar managed just seven.
Ambati Rayudu (62) and Dinesh Karthik (40) threatened to take the game away from Delhi across their 96-run stand inside 10 overs, but successive dismissals from spinner Shahbaz Nadeem soon had the defeat back on the cards for the opposition.
Umesh Yadav then rattled through the tail-enders across the final over of the fixture and, with that, came Delhi's sixth win of the tournament.
Friday's result saw the Daredevils open their lead atop the nine-team standings to 12 points, while Mumbai remain rooted to seventh position on eight points.
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