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

Dominant Delhi thrash Mumbai

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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

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  • 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 ;-)))

  • 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.

  • 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 |?| !!

  • 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

  • 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 ;-)))

  • 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.

  • 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 |?| !!

  • 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

  • Neeta on April 17, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @pai11: Naman Ojha has played for India at International level 2 T20I's and 1 one day match, and commenting on the match, DD have the best bowling line-up a team can have.They have Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav Ajit Agarkar as the Indian fast bowlers who have played for India and a world class fast bowler in Morne Morkel and I have not mentioned Varun Aaron, the fastest bowler in the country along with Yadav. They have two good fast bowlers on the bench Doug Bracewell and Andre Russell who have done well for their country in their short international career so far. With the spin of Nadeem coming good, I see that Delhi has an excellent chance to win the IPL this year as they have the batting to go along with it. Sehwag Ojha KP MJ Ross Taylor Pathan Rao with Warner yet to come in wow what a team. GO DD!!!!!

  • ramkip on April 17, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Surprised to see some comments that MI lost since there are no "great players" and some want 5 foreign players etc... How do you rate PWI and RR - Do they have great players (Ganguly and Dravid are past). IPL teams win no because of foreign players but because of Indian talent. DD is strong because of Viru, Irfan and Umesh. When others contribute - it is bonus. MI is flopping this time as only Munaf is performing. KKR and CSK are more examples.

  • on April 17, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    MI was good in their batting when Raydu is partner with Sourav Thiwary they are local talents.Sourav is struggling in the RCB line up because he is coming 7 th down there.Open with Sarul Kanwar and add Suryakumar Yadav in the linup,MI are wasting Yadavs talent.There is anotther alrounder waiting in Amitoz Sing.Levi is hyped after one match....! RCB,MI & KKR going behind Big playes and ignoring local talents.Last year Ajinkya Rahane was in the RR camp but he was not getting chance in the all matches sited Shane warne was trying with Swpnil Adsnokar.There is talented palyers in all the camps but they are not getting chance to play..what a pity...!

  • pai11 on April 17, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    @ Lakpj: the issue here is not of foreign players. by raising the limit to 5 it might not necessarily lead to interesting matches in all games... and by the way there were many interesting games in the last week. the issue is to unearth local talents which the teams have forgotten. few teams do not want to check local talents at all. for example in MI vs DD match there was only 1 uncapped Indian player in MI (rayudu) as opposed to 3 in DD (Naman Ojha, Yogesh Nagar, S.nadeem)...

  • 049300 on April 17, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Mumbai Indians is the most over rated side in the ipl... Remember in 2011 also their batting was struggling inspite of having sachin... I dont think they are missing sachin at all... This clearly proves that money cannot buy everything...With sachin in the team they might be able to score around 120-130 which is nothing more than average in ipl... So 2 all the MI fans dont b dejected coz the hype around MI is superficial...They r not going to make it to the playoffs...

  • nzcricket174 on April 17, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    MI foreign players should be Gibbs, Blizzard, Franklin and Malinga...

  • rsurya on April 17, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    unless sachin comes into the team mumbai cant dominate any team. if mitchel jonson is injured replace him with philander and play him in 11. levi and kd karthik should open rohit 1st down pollard next and rayudu.

  • on April 17, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Bajji why didnt you bowl ????? you were a bowler remember !!!!! if u are not gonna show courage to bowl u will never be selected in Indian Team even if u win IPL cup. cricinfo pls post

  • on April 17, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    we are all waiting for a blistering ton from you VIRU sir.Its really a great wish that the god gave us to watch your batting VIRU sir.Many of them pray the god but we the VIRU fans pray for you sir.

  • Lakpj on April 17, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    This is becoming very boring now, they should allow 5 foreign players per a side otherwise the interest level will go down. People doesn't like to watch these 3rd or 4th level Indians playing they want to see proper quality cricket being played. for such low profile tournament BPL was much more competitive than this. few teams therefore good competition.

  • CRICFAN_007 on April 17, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    NO GREAT PLAYERS IN MUMBAI SIDE....

  • CRICFAN_007 on April 17, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    MUMBAI IS THE WORST TEAM IN THE IPL 5 SEASON...!! NO great players...

  • pai11 on April 17, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    a Stat for thought here. DD have managed to pick 35 wickets in their 4 matches so far in IPL 2012.... and someone told T20 is a batsman's game!!!!!

  • pai11 on April 17, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    come on MI. you cant expect to win matches with such a lonngggg TAIL!!!!!!!

  • pai11 on April 17, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Nadeeem bowled the first over whereas Harbhajan did not bowl at all!! if bhajji doesn't have the confidence on himself then how can one expect Dhoni to have confidence on him if he plays for India?

  • pai11 on April 17, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    so good to see the 4 over-hyped teams (MI, CSK, KKR, RCB) lose in the last week!!!!!!!

  • satish619chandar on April 17, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Gibbs/Blizzard should open

  • satish619chandar on April 17, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Gibbs, Thissera/Johnson, Malinga and Pollard should be the primary playing 4 for MI.. Jacobs and Levi are T20 stars of course.. But never proved playing spin under these conditions.. Atleast Pollard had a wonderful CLT20 before he broke into stardom.. Teams should look into all these factors before lavishing their money on unproven players.. SK Yadav was very good in domestic games and in CLT20 matches played on slow tracks.. And, for new picked DK(Though a nddeded one for MI), he was dumped.. My playing 11 for MI would be : Gibbs, Sachin/Suman, Rohit, DK, Pollard, SK Johnson/Thissera, Bhajji, Ojha, Malinga.. Two slots to be shared by SK Yadav/Rayudu/Munaf/RP based on the need of the team..

  • on April 17, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Richard Levi should be dropped. Not enough big scores to warrant his position in the side. All the teams have near enough have sussed his technical problems. Mumbai's batting is a bit frail at the top so could do with Sachin and a decent foreign opener to open. They should give Blizzard a go in the next game. But it does show with the Mumbai Indians that without Malinga theyre bowling can look toothless like some of the weaker teams in the tournement.

  • kunderanengineer on April 17, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Those of you who are criticizing MI for "resting" Malinga, obviously haven't read the article. It clearly says that he was injured.The more relevant question is why didn't Bhajji bowl? Did he throw in the towel after his team collapsed for 92?

  • JB77 on April 16, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    I see Pietersen was out for 9. Hmmm that brings his IPL tally of runs to 52....behind Callum White, Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Brad Hodge and Steve Smith. C'mon Kevin - you'd better improve unless you want those 'second rate' Aussies to outshine you.

  • on April 16, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Had Gibbs played today, the match story would have been a lot different! Resting Malinga is has cost MI as well. Hope Sachin is fit to play soon...

  • on April 16, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Levi can't play left arm spin. Teams have sussed him out already!

  • on April 16, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    How long Levi wii be opened for MI

  • on April 16, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    where is Thisara perera that MI wanted.explosive player nice to watch when he is batting

  • firebreath on April 16, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    can any1 tell why is there no fantasy cricket this time around...it was so much fun..:( i mailed cricinfo guys as well but didnt get any response from them..

  • on April 16, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Suryakumar Yadav...from what little I have seen of him and heard of him seems very hardhitting but talented player...something in YusufPathan mould but bit more consistent. Why they dont play him is a mystery? Before the T20 worldcup if India has a surprise package for other team in a confident SuryaYadav it would be great.

  • on April 16, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Bhajju didnt ball???he has to learn from Ashwin Rahul & even Murli kartik..& need to have some spl classes from AZMAL ...He is not able to take wkts in Ranjhi trophy tie & now in IPL

  • namets on April 16, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    only dd no any other do this

  • Mali-T658 on April 16, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Malinga was rested 'cause he was having a back problem, people. Maybe you guys should look into the details before cribbing.

  • on April 16, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    I am not a fan of DD but i am happy for them coz they took out Mumbai. Spending lots of money, feeling all superior. I dont want to see them in the final 4. Mumbai finishing last in the table would make me feel even better.

  • johnathonjosephs on April 16, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    And that is why you don't drop Malinga. No idea why McKay replaced Malinga, McKay is nowhere near his caliber. Also, I must admit the Davy Jacobs inclusion surprised me. He has been in the last IPL too, but he has not exploded in a single innings, yet is still given the role as opener. Would Love to see Thissara Perera opening the batting next to Levi. Would be extremely extremely explosive

  • on April 16, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Delhi's devilish demolition of the MUMBAI INDIANS.

  • on April 16, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    what the hell ..... why bhajji did not bolwed .... was he injured or he became little smart

  • on April 16, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    DD's have the best bowling attack on display>relentless aggression and accuracy, going to be difficult to beat when their batsmen follow suite

  • on April 16, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    MI are not really team..just SRT,Malinga,Baji and the occasional 'One-hit-wonderland' performance of an opener.. Like a comment once said its just a group of invididuals that dont even put youngsters in their squad,unlike DD which gave Nadeem a chance. Good Job DD

  • Rivka on April 16, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I hope Tendulkar doesn't have to play in this 15th rate tournament again this year. He's too good a player to waste his talent on such substandard cricket.

  • zwartedepiet on April 16, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Bring back Franklin. He is a good batsman. These rubbish Mumbai openers arent good enough.

  • on April 16, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    DD had 4 foreign players in the XI - KP, DPMD, Taylor & Morkel

  • on April 16, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Delhi daredevils and Rajasthan have a chance....

  • sachination_citizen on April 16, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    the best team the Mumbai Indians should go for--- Sachin, Blizzard, Rayudu (Wk), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav (this guy is really talented), Pollard, Robin Pieterson, Harbhajan Singh, Malinga, Munaf, Pragyan Ojha. What do you say?

  • Widuror on April 16, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    is malinga out. so mumbai will doom

  • lovermind23 on April 16, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    MI's should have considered Dinesh Kartik as an opener along with Levi and this line up look like a fragile one unless until rohit sharma stand for another 12 overs. MI's batting line up dnt have depth.

  • lovermind23 on April 16, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Really bad decision to keep maliga out aganist DD. MI's will be trashed by DD's in todays match because they disturbed the lineup which was doing good so far.The inclusion of Devy Jacobs & Mckay is really a foolishat this stage , they should have go with H Gibbs & Jhonson.

  • isurufdo247 on April 16, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    why thisara perera is not playing........... no point in including jacobs.......

  • isurufdo247 on April 16, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    MI hav gone out f there minds 2 rest malinga. dis is a shocker for all malinga fans. ridiculous........

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  • isurufdo247 on April 16, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    MI hav gone out f there minds 2 rest malinga. dis is a shocker for all malinga fans. ridiculous........

  • isurufdo247 on April 16, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    why thisara perera is not playing........... no point in including jacobs.......

  • lovermind23 on April 16, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Really bad decision to keep maliga out aganist DD. MI's will be trashed by DD's in todays match because they disturbed the lineup which was doing good so far.The inclusion of Devy Jacobs & Mckay is really a foolishat this stage , they should have go with H Gibbs & Jhonson.

  • lovermind23 on April 16, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    MI's should have considered Dinesh Kartik as an opener along with Levi and this line up look like a fragile one unless until rohit sharma stand for another 12 overs. MI's batting line up dnt have depth.

  • Widuror on April 16, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    is malinga out. so mumbai will doom

  • sachination_citizen on April 16, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    the best team the Mumbai Indians should go for--- Sachin, Blizzard, Rayudu (Wk), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav (this guy is really talented), Pollard, Robin Pieterson, Harbhajan Singh, Malinga, Munaf, Pragyan Ojha. What do you say?

  • on April 16, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Delhi daredevils and Rajasthan have a chance....

  • on April 16, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    DD had 4 foreign players in the XI - KP, DPMD, Taylor & Morkel

  • zwartedepiet on April 16, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Bring back Franklin. He is a good batsman. These rubbish Mumbai openers arent good enough.

  • Rivka on April 16, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I hope Tendulkar doesn't have to play in this 15th rate tournament again this year. He's too good a player to waste his talent on such substandard cricket.