Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Mumbai April 16, 2012

Dominant Delhi thrash Mumbai

56

Delhi Daredevils 93 for 3 (Sehwag 32) beat Mumbai Indians 92 (Harbhajan 33, Umesh 2-10, Nadeem 2-16) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The battle of the heavyweights in this IPL degenerated into a one-sided contest at the Wankhede Stadium, as the Mumbai Indians' top and middle orders imploded against some attacking bowling from Delhi Daredevils. The implosion was partly forced, partly self-inflicted, and left the visitors chasing the lowest target this IPL season, one they achieved with ease. The Daredevils are on top of the table now with three wins from four games, Mumbai Indians have slipped to fourth place.

Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner, has proved effective this season with economical figures and he continued the good work against the Mumbai openers, bowling flat and sticking to a tight line. There was a good amount of bounce available on the track and the new ball helped him get some bite. Nadeem owed some of his success today to Irfan Pathan, who tied down Davy Jacobs at one end, bowling a maiden and it was a matter of time before the opener tried to break through. He swung hard but was bowled by Nadeem to be dismissed for a 10-ball duck, and Richard Levi followed in almost identical fashion against Nadeem eight balls later.

The Daredevils shuffled their bowlers around, and each contributed in a collective effort. Morne Morkel bowled quick and got excellent carry, Ajit Agarkar too generated good pace and Umesh Yadav even more so while being accurate. As the bowlers kept the pressure on throughout, Mumbai didn't help their own case either. Ambati Rayudu was run out thanks to complete confusion partly due to the noise around the stadium, Kieron Pollard holed out attempting a big shot when the need of the hour was some caution and Dinesh Karthik's mistimed pull offered a simple catch to mid-on.

Amid the mess was a counterattack from Rohit Sharma, but one that was lacking in conviction. Three of his four boundaries were top-edges while attempting the pull against the bouncing ball, twice against Morkel. As it turned out, his luck was short-lived, as another top-edge brought his downfall, with Ross Taylor completing one of two well-judged catches in the deep.

Mumbai slipped to 44 for 6 but some meaty hitting from their captain gave them a brief respite. A couple of length balls doled out by Agarkar were dispatched for a six and a four by Harbhajan Singh, whose timing stood out in an otherwise forgettable Mumbai innings. He followed that up with a couple of delightful cuts, one off Agarkar and another against Nadeem, but the slide was to resume soon. Morkel and Pathan returned to knock off the tail, that included Harbhajan himself, as the Daredevils prepared themselves for a quick finish.

Delhi's chase was smooth, and Virender Sehwag's trademark cut for six in the first over further dampened the spirits of the Mumbai crowd. With Lasith Malinga out injured, the Mumbai Indians attack was weakened significantly. Harbhajan, too, didn't bowl an over. A steady opening from Naman Ojha and Sehwag set the tone; Sehwag guided much of the innings, falling shortly before the job was done, and Mahela Jayawardene together with Taylor sealed the win in the 15th over.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • dummy4fb on April 17, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    where is pawan suyal ?Benched allthrough out IPL.

  • LarryFerns on April 17, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Apart from certain eye openers, like giving Levi a rest, some good things always come out. Bhajji shining like a batsman, playing classic shorts and scoring the highest score and the lone six of the match. Yeh IPL hai Boss!

  • mayhem.rules on April 17, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Mi have not been convincing apart from the season opener against CSK...they have been struggling big time...and have been just about making it accross the line the last few games...this Delhi attachk on a frindly pitch completely exposed them...dont think sachin would have made much of a difference...cos the entire mood in the MI camp was more so stressed to be on the loosing side...no responsibility...no conviction...every1 going 4 glory...time 4 the team 2 sit down and sort out their strategy afresh...the polards and the levi's r not working my friend...time MI make a decent opening...maybe not blistering...which levi was supposed 2 provide...but settle 4 a moderate start with sachin and gibbs....then build in the middle of the innings with rayadu and rohit...and then launch the late assault with pollard and franklin and karthik...MI need to switch back 2 their old formula which got them success in the earlier versions...ATB MI ;-)))

  • dummy4fb on April 17, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Now, for their next match, MI should drop the South African Batsman Levi !

  • Siddiee on April 17, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @ Neeta - Not much was known of Umesh,Varun,Nadeem,Warner and Nannes until they played for DD. These guys have done well and there are few more exciting youngsters in the ranks so team management has done well to put their bets on talent along with big names. Umesh has become a better bowler over past 3 seasons and DD deserves credit for it. Hope to see more few more talented youngsters (varun/unmukt/juneja/zafir) groomed in times to come.

  • Fawmy on April 17, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    IPL season 5 getting bored day by day, especially MI, thumps up for DD and hopefully they will win the title.

  • dummy4fb on April 17, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Was so refreshing to see Delhi's "Fast Bowling Attack" making mockery of Mumbai's batting line-up (Wish Sachin was there, would have been a competitive match); Morkel n Umesh Yadav were as usual in high 140s, Irfan bowled good line n length with decent speed; Agarkar made strong come back; And NOT to forget Nadeem, the lone spinner in DD, who actually triggered the collapse. All in all, Professional Bowling display. And then Viru, KP, Mahela and Taylor were always to chase any target ! One thing I couldn't digest that Ojha bowled his full quota of overs and our own Bhajji didn't even roll his fingers once |?| !!

  • dummy4fb on April 17, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    @ firebreath..You said it. I'm missing the cricinfo's fantasy league too :( ! Although I'm playing a fantasy league on some other site but the fun we used to have on cricinfo can never be felt anywhere else !

  • zakir_taurus on April 17, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @pai11...brother you said it all. Another point to note is that the so-called dangerous batsmen have failed in this edition ... Hope to see the over-hyped teams [MI, CK, RCB & KKR] bounce back...?

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 17, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    As a neutral and a DC fan i was rooting for DD's win. Some one says they don't have enough players. How many players do you want? you took away all the local players from DC(suman, ojha and RP) Why is that Mi have most number of local players? IS there no limit on this. And bhajji LOL. He did not bowl yest coz he knew that would only make his bowling stats worse. Hope one of DD, RR PWI win this IPL

  • No featured comments at the moment.