Mumbai romp to win over Daredevils

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Stunning half centuries from Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma made sure the Mumbai Indians had plenty of runs in the bank as the Delhi Daredevils failed to record a win yet again, losing by 44 runs on Tuesday.

Stunning half centuries from Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma made sure the Mumbai Indians had plenty of runs in the bank as the Delhi Daredevils failed to record a win yet again, losing by 44 runs on Tuesday.

The Mumbaikers put on 209 for five thanks to 86 from Karthik and 74 from Rohit, both going at a strike rate around 150. Delhi only managed to reach 165 for nine, despite a half ton from David Warner.

Mumbai's knock got off to a terrible start as they lost veterans Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar with the score on a single run. Ponting was out for a duck in the first over, while the Little Master was run out after facing just one ball.

This left Karthik and Sharma to do the job, and they did so spectacularly. They put on 131 together, hitting seven sixes and 18 boundaries between them, before Karthik fell in the 15th over to South Africa's Morne Morkel.

Sharma continued the assault and was not out at the end, with Kieron Pollard contributing 13 and Ambati Rayudu making 24.

Delhi's chase was equally poor at the start, with Unmukt Chand falling on the first ball of the innings, caught by Ponting off Harbhajan Singh. This left Warner to march forward with the wickets tumbling around him, eventually reaching 61.

Manprit Juneja made the other score worth noting for the Daredevils, recording 49 off 40 balls, but the Mumbai bowlers were on song and shared the wickets between them. Lasith Malinga was particularly impressive, removing Kedhar Jadav but going at less than five to the over.

The result left the Indians at the top of the table, while the Daredevils languished second from the bottom, having recorded three losses in three games.

Mumbai Indians: Ponting, Tendulkar, Karthik, Sharma, Rayudu, Pollard, R Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Johnson, Ojha, Malinga

Delhi Daredevils: Chand, Warner, M Jayawardene, J Mendis, Juneja, Jadhav, Pathan, M Morkel, Nehra, Nadeem, Yadav

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