Delhi v Mumbai, IPL 2012, Delhi April 27, 2012

Delhi open gap at top with big win

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Delhi Daredevils 207 for 5 (Sehwag 73, Jayawardene 55, Pietersen 50*) beat Mumbai Indians 170 for 9 (Rayudu 62, Karthik 40) by 37 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Just in case there had been any doubts about it, Delhi Daredevils showed they are the team to beat this season by thumping pre-tournament favourites Mumbai Indians. Two of their high-profile new recruits, Mahela Jayawardene and Kevin Pietersen, contributed half-centuries while Virender Sehwag made his third successive fifty to power Daredevils past 200. Even the return of the world's best Twenty20 bowler, Lasith Malinga, couldn't prevent Daredevils from reaching the second highest total of the season.

Mumbai's batting has been their biggest frailty this season, and their top order failed again. The game seemed virtually over in the fourth over of the chase with Mumbai at 19 for 3 before Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik resurrected Mumbai hopes with a fast-paced 96-run stand. Their chances were finally finished off by unheralded left-arm spinner, Shahbaz Nadeem, who continued his golden run this season by removing Rayudu and the dangerous Kieron Pollard off successive deliveries in the 16th over.

Daredevils dominated right from the beginning with Jayawardene and Sehwag putting on a 135-run opening stand. Jayawardene ripped into his Sri Lanka colleague, Malinga, in the third over, taking 15 off it with three boundaries. The Daredevils openers feasted on some wayward Mumbai bowling, flicking full tosses off the pads and slashing the wide ones. Jayawardene was the early aggressor, outscoring Sehwag before the captain opened up against RP Singh, slashing over point and flat-batting a six over long-off.

Mumbai should have had Sehwag on 40, when he skipped down the track to Robin Peterson, only for Karthik to fluff the stumping. Sehwag made Mumbai pay by ransacking Pollard for two fours and two sixes in an over which cost 23. There were more worries for Mumbai as Pollard later walked off with an injured shoulder after attempting an almost impossible catch at point, though he returned later to bat.

There was no let-up even after the openers departed as Pietersen and Ross Taylor added 41 in just 2.4 overs. Pietersen brought out his signature switch hit, off his namesake who pulled off the same shot in Mumbai's last game. A boundary to extra cover in the final over brought up the 200 and dented Mumbai's hopes of revenge for the humiliating defeat at home last week.

Mumbai tried their sixth new opening partnership in eight matches, and this one flopped as well. Aiden Blizzard went for a duck in his first game of the season and bigger blows quickly followed. Morne Morkel got Sachin Tendulkar to chip a catch to mid-off and Irfan Pathan sent back Rohit Sharma, who holed out to mid-on for 12. With a blaze of boundaries Rayudu and Karthik managed to keep pace even though the asking rate was above 12. Karthik was undone by a low full toss from Ajit Agarkar that homed into the base of the stumps, while Nadeem's crucial intervention three overs later finished off the contest.

Daredevils are now three points ahead of the chasing pack, the largest lead a team has held this season. Mumbai, on the other hand, still have only four victories, two of which needed extraordinary performances at the end of the match. They were expected to steamroll oppositions this year, but it has proved a hard grind so far, with the thinktank still struggling to decide on their best line-up. They need to get their act together fast.

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  • zeaazmi on April 29, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    No body is talking about new talent .Many surprise emerged during match of DD.Shabaz Nadeem is extraordinary.He also got man of the match award in one of the match.Such kind of awards are morale boosting.Last match he has done great job to take wicket of Ambati Raydu and dangerous Kieron Pollard.In my opinion that was the turning piont.I hope DD will get championship this time.

  • on April 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    that was totally power packed perfomance by dare devils, to be speak in honest both DD and MI are bigger teams in form of match winners they had.But the main plot is the leader ship skills DD has almost 4 leaders in their side to suggest sehwag but on the other hand MI is lacking that captaincy skills none of them are that consistent even sachin tooo.up to now MI are very bad in their opening stand, surely sachin have to step down as ganguly did for PWI and he should give a chance to guys like dinesh karthik,at no:3 position rohit is unfit he is genuine match finisher and very well talented guy.so rayudu who is in good touch should come a head of him and rohit as an international player should feel more responsible to finish the innings.Finally MI suffering with their batting order nothing else is their issue.If they can do re-order in their batting line up they have perfect chance to win ipl5 ..........

  • dariuscorny on April 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    to Sachin-for a good cause please leave atleast the ipl for the young ones.please retire

  • 36yearsofexperience on April 28, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I agree with Naveen. Tendulkar is a liability. The team looked up to Tendulkar till 2003 per se , n then Dhoni n yuvi took the onus in ODI. This current breed is good n fearless. Sachin is always under pressure of his own consistency. There is hardly any flair left in him. Surely time for him to go. His footwork n reflex will not improve with age. Still he is a class act. But why to play the game when the past majic is missing and good replacement is around. Sampras when left the game , could have easily been among the top five player. But there is a time when u say enough is enough. N if we do not give Rohit a test cap sooner it is a big loss to cricket in general.

  • Mali-T658 on April 28, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Funny how people rant saying team managements should have done this and that without even getting the facts right. H.Gibbs was injured and thus he wasn't picked for the game and yet people say he should have been picked. What's more funny is, the crying of all these Sri Lankans and Bangladeshis if their country players don't get picked in the playing XI and being too disdainful if they perform well.

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Yes come on Delhi - You screwed MI. M a strong supporter of CSK, but i like d way DD is playing dis season. All the seasons the team of DD was good only. But the fact is that dey dint fire like how dey do dis season. And MI - is d most overrated side, n i accept d fact dat sachin never performs under pressure. Dats not an attribute of a champion. But all sachin fan's won accpet t. Always wen u have so much of options, you won no whom to choose. MI is facing dat problem only. Dey should find out d right combo soon to survive in the tournament.

  • Vinod23884 on April 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    in 2010 IPL Final vs chennai, chasing 168 on board srt himself cant accelarate but send abhishek nayar to waste the balland they both soring at 6 per over while they required 8.5 rpo, they had pollard, raydu, duminy, and suarabh tiwari, and they all wasted in that match ,they only get 4 overs to play when the asking rate goes to 15. that was the senseless captaincy from SRT

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    FANTASTIC WIN NOW BRING ON ANOTHER ONE ............

  • on April 28, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    if MI playing XI should be like this,then they will win the matches quite easily and comfortable....1.Sachin 2.Levi 3.Rohith 4.Rayudu 5.Pollard 6.Karthik 7. Franklin 8.Harbhajan 9.Ojha 10.Munaf 11.Malinga ....2 all-rounders and 4 specialist bowlers..this is a right combination for MUMBAIINDIANS..

  • vak1997 on April 28, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    MI shud hav played Gibbs ahead of blizzard... he's experienced as well..

  • zeaazmi on April 29, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    No body is talking about new talent .Many surprise emerged during match of DD.Shabaz Nadeem is extraordinary.He also got man of the match award in one of the match.Such kind of awards are morale boosting.Last match he has done great job to take wicket of Ambati Raydu and dangerous Kieron Pollard.In my opinion that was the turning piont.I hope DD will get championship this time.

  • on April 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    that was totally power packed perfomance by dare devils, to be speak in honest both DD and MI are bigger teams in form of match winners they had.But the main plot is the leader ship skills DD has almost 4 leaders in their side to suggest sehwag but on the other hand MI is lacking that captaincy skills none of them are that consistent even sachin tooo.up to now MI are very bad in their opening stand, surely sachin have to step down as ganguly did for PWI and he should give a chance to guys like dinesh karthik,at no:3 position rohit is unfit he is genuine match finisher and very well talented guy.so rayudu who is in good touch should come a head of him and rohit as an international player should feel more responsible to finish the innings.Finally MI suffering with their batting order nothing else is their issue.If they can do re-order in their batting line up they have perfect chance to win ipl5 ..........

  • dariuscorny on April 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    to Sachin-for a good cause please leave atleast the ipl for the young ones.please retire

  • 36yearsofexperience on April 28, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I agree with Naveen. Tendulkar is a liability. The team looked up to Tendulkar till 2003 per se , n then Dhoni n yuvi took the onus in ODI. This current breed is good n fearless. Sachin is always under pressure of his own consistency. There is hardly any flair left in him. Surely time for him to go. His footwork n reflex will not improve with age. Still he is a class act. But why to play the game when the past majic is missing and good replacement is around. Sampras when left the game , could have easily been among the top five player. But there is a time when u say enough is enough. N if we do not give Rohit a test cap sooner it is a big loss to cricket in general.

  • Mali-T658 on April 28, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Funny how people rant saying team managements should have done this and that without even getting the facts right. H.Gibbs was injured and thus he wasn't picked for the game and yet people say he should have been picked. What's more funny is, the crying of all these Sri Lankans and Bangladeshis if their country players don't get picked in the playing XI and being too disdainful if they perform well.

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Yes come on Delhi - You screwed MI. M a strong supporter of CSK, but i like d way DD is playing dis season. All the seasons the team of DD was good only. But the fact is that dey dint fire like how dey do dis season. And MI - is d most overrated side, n i accept d fact dat sachin never performs under pressure. Dats not an attribute of a champion. But all sachin fan's won accpet t. Always wen u have so much of options, you won no whom to choose. MI is facing dat problem only. Dey should find out d right combo soon to survive in the tournament.

  • Vinod23884 on April 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    in 2010 IPL Final vs chennai, chasing 168 on board srt himself cant accelarate but send abhishek nayar to waste the balland they both soring at 6 per over while they required 8.5 rpo, they had pollard, raydu, duminy, and suarabh tiwari, and they all wasted in that match ,they only get 4 overs to play when the asking rate goes to 15. that was the senseless captaincy from SRT

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    FANTASTIC WIN NOW BRING ON ANOTHER ONE ............

  • on April 28, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    if MI playing XI should be like this,then they will win the matches quite easily and comfortable....1.Sachin 2.Levi 3.Rohith 4.Rayudu 5.Pollard 6.Karthik 7. Franklin 8.Harbhajan 9.Ojha 10.Munaf 11.Malinga ....2 all-rounders and 4 specialist bowlers..this is a right combination for MUMBAIINDIANS..

  • vak1997 on April 28, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    MI shud hav played Gibbs ahead of blizzard... he's experienced as well..

  • vak1997 on April 28, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    KP is in fine touch and we'll be missing him... his 103 against DC was really a match winning. the next highest score by a DD batsman was 23!! KP can turn the match single handedly..

  • on April 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    K.p WE will miss u ...U r great plyer having all capability as Hitter as well as ender...:) U r a real champ Of D.D

  • on April 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    When KP departs DD will already be in semi-finals (or a win or two would be needed). Warner will get enough time to adjust himself. Or even if he doesn't, still in-form Finch is sitting on bench. True that none of them can replace KP but with Sehwag playing sensibly, DD is always dangerous.

  • Ribs on April 28, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    The way Viru playing in this IPL looks amazing. I feel he wants to prove that still he can offer lot to the Indian team. Lot of positives for DD, their batsmen are scoring runs in the top and their bowlers getting wickets whenever they needed. In the early stage of the tournament the spin department for DD is the biggest concern. Now Nadeem improving game by game and I am sure he will surprise most of us in the end. Yesterday his first two deliveries was hit out of the park and even though he bowled continuosly, well backed by Viru. MI one of the over hyped team in this IPL. The main difference between MI and DD is the later one playing fearless cricket but MI always playing with their limitations. Sending Pollard and Rayudu too late is an example. Ifany opponents get rid of this two in the early stage of the game the match will be finished within first half. That is the main fear of MI.

  • pandunimmala on April 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Both viru n bhajji are not good captains. but atleast a captain in form will lift the team spirit. its where viru is coping up n bhajji failing. mumbai is trying for a gud opening stand still,vch is damn foolish.

  • on April 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Is Tendulakar becoming a liability? India lost to Bangladesh in Asia Cup as Tendulkar did not accelerate on a featherbed. He definitely is an accomplished batsman, but of late has not been able to adapt to the situation. There was a time, when team depended on his performance. But new young breed can do without him on the crease. In Bangladesh Match, Kohli sacrificed his wicket to accelerate the score and did not go for the record of making 4 consecutive centuries. It is the right time that Tendulkar, takes metoring/coaching role.

  • pandunimmala on April 28, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Both viru n bhajji are not good captains. but atleast a captain in form will lift the team spirit. its where viru is coping up n bhajji failing. mumbai is trying for a gud opening stand still,vch is damn foolish.

  • lsnitin on April 28, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    harbhajan is completely out of form. he has to be replaced by ojha. and if sachin isn't too eager then perhaps dinesh kartikh can captain t side....

  • Ibanezfan on April 28, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    The men who can deliver in high-pressure situations must be sent in earlier to do an effective job. If Mumbai want to score more runs this season, they MUST send Rayudu at 3, Pollard at 4 & Karthik at 5. If Karthik is allowed to open with Levi, Mumbai's batting can really shine. For the remaining matches in IPL5, SRT must be more pliable with his place in the batting order. Him using up the first six overs, at a SR of ~100, is not helping. Aiming for 208 in 20 and Richard Levi not taking guard...smh...There's enough evidence now that Rohit Sharma is inconsistent as a no. 3 batsman. He's a better finisher and must be used as one. It's mostly been Rayudu or Pollard who've won Mumbai most of their crunch games. Why they are not given more overs to bat is something I cannot understand. DD give Sehwag, Mahela and KP a chance to play as many overs as possible and they're killing the competition. MI should learn from that.

  • rsurya on April 28, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Nothing wrong in yesterdays match except that blizzards selection ahead of levi. Blizzard is not a better choice. Otherwise mumbai played well rayudu karthik shown some fight, rohit and sachin just a mishit. pollard failing asusual. Mitchele jonson should somehow be playing for next match. Sehwag and jayawardena were fearless in their strokes that made the difference between the two sides.

  • pai11 on April 28, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Thanks MI for giving batting practice to DD!!! it was a treat to watch, Sehwag, MJ, KP in full flow... just wondering where will Warner fit in? I think then MJ has to be in middle order as KP would have left. as far as MI goes, they have to get their team combo right.. wheres Levi? u need big-hitter at top. and franklin did great just 2 matches back and he is dropped? in that case, Bhajji should have sat out long back!!!

  • eomer17 on April 28, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Delhi batting is thumping their opponents every game.However it will not be the same after a week.Peiterson has been THE X factor for delhi and he'll be leaving come May.that will leave them with mahela and viru.I do not consider taylor cause he dont have capability to hit good balls,yes if u bowl him long hops on the middle stump of course he gonna hit u but anything better and he looks ordinary. The surprise has been consistency of viru.Warner will be joining them but will he get going after and ordinary WI series? All said,they will miss KP surely!

  • Kaushalya_Gurudeniya on April 28, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    MI are over confident and Harbajan is not a good leader. He doesn't do anything special in the ground rather than just bowling there bowlers. Fortunately he got some of the best bowlers in T20, like Malinga, Pollard etc. Otherwise they will struggle further. Their opening stand is another mess. I thing since Sanath left, they couldn't find the correct combination.

  • mahafuz1983 on April 28, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    @RFeynman.....totally agree with you....that was not even arrogant.....that was hilarious

  • on April 28, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Drop harbhajan his form is dismal and MI need new captain...

  • Selfish_Sachin on April 28, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Its going to be DD vs. CSK final in IPL 5. RCB and KKR will give CSK a tough fight, but they will prevail--

  • xylo on April 28, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    The going has been good for DD so far, that the captaincy of Sehwag has not come under the scanner as much as I would like it to. The one game when they were, against PWXI, the better captain prevailed. Maybe, after the departure of KP, this aspect of the game can prove to be their Achilles heel.

  • karusubra on April 28, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Dinesh karthik must open the inninigs and number 3 batsman should be pollard when chasing down high scores

  • RFeynman on April 27, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    The funny part of the match was at the toss when Harbhajan said that this is a match between the two best teams in the tournament! Confidence is one thing, delusion is another. MI are overrated, arrogant and lucky that there are bowlers like Daniel christian and Piyush chawla who help the opposite team in a chase. As for Sachin, he did nothing in this match which surprised me. Big match, high pressure and he gets out cheap. Frankly, a captain would be more comfortable to have a Kohli than a tendulkar in a high pressure chase.

  • Alexk400 on April 27, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    People people , sehwag vs malinga , sehwag can play malinga well . Sehwag has too much pressure leading delhi. He is conscious of staying until 15th over. They have a very good plan. As long as one of jayawardene and sehwag stay until 15th over they win 99.99999999999999% of games. Period.

  • mngc1 on April 27, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Can't back this MI side anymore that cannot see their batting problems stem from the top 3 that puts the side behind the run rate every game. Sachin was great in ODIs and Tests but strike rate of 100 does not cut it in this game. 207 is a strike rate of 170 and they send in batsmen that make 100. Dumb to say the least.

  • deepsillypoint on April 27, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Brilliant stuff from Delhi. Again and again time has shown how pathetically ST fails in chasing challenging targets, be it T20, ODI or a test match.

  • CricketChat on April 27, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    This game was another perfect setup for Sachin to show the fans he belongs in T20. Big target, open the innings under high pressure and fan expectations. What did he accomplish instead? One swish and back in the hut. Many fans will remember similar occasion in 2003 WC final in SA. For his repeated failure to make any significant contribution on big stage, he will always be a notch below the likes of Lara, Ponting, Dravid and even Shewag in modern cricket even if he scores another 50 centuries before he eventually retires.

  • on April 27, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    @KUKA: Ashoke Dinda has 9 wickets, but he hasn't played after that due to an injury- so it's not true that Indian players aren't in hunt- even Malinga had just 9 wickets before this match

  • Muhtasim13 on April 27, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    I think Pollard is playing too much down the order for MI. When he came in to bat MI still had to get 93 more runs at almost 13 runs per over. That high run rate can easily put anyone under pressure. If he came in when the 3rd wicket fell, he could have made a much bigger contribution. But having said that, I would have to admit that Rayudu & Karthik did a pretty decent job

  • atacheema on April 27, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Wow...there is so much drama and talk about these T20 matches...even before any semifinal/final... it's being over :p.. P.S. go DELHI !!:)

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 27, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils- the new champion of IPL. I don't think, anybody else will be able to stop Delhi.

  • ravikini on April 27, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    One thing for sure.... as long as Jayawardane is playing for DD, it JAYA HE all the way to DD. Treat to watch KP bat. The sight of ball soaring over the ropes with a switch hit is thrilling. If Ross too joins the party then God save the other teams. I am baffled by Irfan coming before Ross. DD are sure the team to beat this IPL5.

  • SurlyCynic on April 27, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Madness not to select Levi. Blizzard who? Levi won't fire every game, which batsman will, but when he does you win the game. And MI need faster starts, worth the risk.

  • priceless1 on April 27, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    what has happend to the Rechard Levi? he is the only hope for the MI

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    its a wonder pune managed to win against delhi. now we will see the real delhi and also the real pune - with both ending up on opposite ends of the table.

  • Angry_Bowler on April 27, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Where is Munaf Patel, the face of MIs and the buddy of Bajji.

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Best thing about delhi is their batting order. In T20 you need to play all of your better batsmen in top 4-5. I wonder why most of other teams like KKR, mumbai, RCB keep their hard hitters too deep in batting order.

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Viru can destroy any bowler in d world ... so plzz don't go for ball/run statistics of Malinga's vs Viru of today's match.Viru didn't face Malinga after 4 over. So statistics favors to Malinga today. Viru ROCKKKSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Great win by Delhi..seeing sehwag n Kevin play was a treat to watch...I feel Mumbai is nt playing upto dere standards...rohit sharma is a pure talent but he is wasting his opportunities..n pollard is juzz a big name but no fame,he has not done much...I feel Mumbai shud b consistent wid Richard levi at top..

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Very well game by Delhi Daredevils.. Delhi should have Topped in IPL's but unfortunately haven't. But this year with all the big guns firing I wish Delhi make it to the final. Good to see Mumbai loosing.. Mumbai is the most over hyped team & an over confident team just because of Pollard & Malinga. Without these two they will crawl for & they know it very well.. Captaining with Harbhajan is a joke bcoz he himself is confused most of the times & always comes with some foolish changes.. Good to see Delhi made them run for a money.. Congratulations to Delhi for this win & hope they continue this form it in the future..

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Very Well game by Delhi.. Delhi was always supposed to be on top 4 for all seasons... But it never happened. But this years Delhi team is showing that they can & they will.... Mumbai is over-hyped team & it's Sehwag & his company showed them where they are.. Only jumping on Pollard & Malinga.. Having Harbhajan as a captain who is himself confused most of the time & never got ant combination right.. Go Delhi Daredevils.. Win this year's IPL title...

  • Ibra95 on April 27, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Final: KKR vs DD This u ve 2 si it! XD ;P

  • shibu1094 on April 27, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    first time in 2012 DD bats first and posts 207!!!!!! Illustrate full batting potential of the famous batting firepower. sill they were 20 runs short what was expected after 17th over.... @Sadiqahmed agreed totally...only problem is after returning of pietersen , warner would have big shoes to fill..

  • squarepeg on April 27, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Delhi topping the list and deservedly. Only if their top 3 players are removed quickly, does the opposing team have a chance of getting a 160-165 run game. Mumbai Indians' dependence upon Pollard and Malinga as match-winners is their weak spot.

  • vickytheboss on April 27, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Mumbai why re you so stupid in opening with blizzard? Worst captainship why dont you open with dinesh karthik and tendulkar. Stupid management by mumbai.

  • Dev9212 on April 27, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    I hope Karthik and Rayudu get selected in the squad for T-20 world cup both of them are busy players and keep the scoreboard ticking. Harbhajan was bad with his bowling and his captaincy. If Sehwag keeps playing the way he is then DD will certainly play the game on 27th may.

  • Mr.Nepal on April 27, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    mumbai missed a trick by not playing jhonson and also they definetly need to stick with one laft handed opener. if jhonson was playing shewag and mahela wont be scoring that much runs, cheers!!

  • KukaSekhon on April 27, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Not a single leading wicket taker is Indian in IPL, that should be an eyeopener for Team BCCI, Management and selectors

  • on April 27, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Delhi going to win today... Viru rocks..i want to see delhi Vs Kkr final ;)

  • Sadiqahmed on April 27, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Mumbai clearly is not the same league as Delhi Daredevils on the batting side. The combination of Sehwag-jayawardene- Pietersen can give shudders to any world class bowling combination. The only other trio that can possibly match this explosion is Gayle-Kohli-De Villiers. But Kohli is not firing this IPL so far. So my best guess is that it will be a Delhi- CSK final.

  • on April 27, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Malinga....still he is the most economical bowler.just 2 runs in 19th over! Malinga to jayawardana 25runs 12 balls.to shewag 1run 6balls. all non sri lanka players just get 3 runs from 12 ballls against malinga.

    well played shewag,KP,Mahela.....

  • on April 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    naman ojha captain of the daredevils ????

  • kaushal_raut on April 27, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Oh my god rahul sharma is playing for MI today.Lolz. Correct It.

  • vaidy on April 27, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    It was good to see Mahela walking up to Pollard and checking out that he is alright. Youngsters will look at this learn that it is ok to compete furiously, but be a gentleman too at the same time....

  • on April 27, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    shewag against malinga 5 balls no runs but asainst mahela 7 balls 16 runs! :P

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  • on April 27, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    shewag against malinga 5 balls no runs but asainst mahela 7 balls 16 runs! :P

  • vaidy on April 27, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    It was good to see Mahela walking up to Pollard and checking out that he is alright. Youngsters will look at this learn that it is ok to compete furiously, but be a gentleman too at the same time....

  • kaushal_raut on April 27, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Oh my god rahul sharma is playing for MI today.Lolz. Correct It.

  • on April 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    naman ojha captain of the daredevils ????

  • on April 27, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Malinga....still he is the most economical bowler.just 2 runs in 19th over! Malinga to jayawardana 25runs 12 balls.to shewag 1run 6balls. all non sri lanka players just get 3 runs from 12 ballls against malinga.

    well played shewag,KP,Mahela.....

  • Sadiqahmed on April 27, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Mumbai clearly is not the same league as Delhi Daredevils on the batting side. The combination of Sehwag-jayawardene- Pietersen can give shudders to any world class bowling combination. The only other trio that can possibly match this explosion is Gayle-Kohli-De Villiers. But Kohli is not firing this IPL so far. So my best guess is that it will be a Delhi- CSK final.

  • on April 27, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Delhi going to win today... Viru rocks..i want to see delhi Vs Kkr final ;)

  • KukaSekhon on April 27, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Not a single leading wicket taker is Indian in IPL, that should be an eyeopener for Team BCCI, Management and selectors

  • Mr.Nepal on April 27, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    mumbai missed a trick by not playing jhonson and also they definetly need to stick with one laft handed opener. if jhonson was playing shewag and mahela wont be scoring that much runs, cheers!!

  • Dev9212 on April 27, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    I hope Karthik and Rayudu get selected in the squad for T-20 world cup both of them are busy players and keep the scoreboard ticking. Harbhajan was bad with his bowling and his captaincy. If Sehwag keeps playing the way he is then DD will certainly play the game on 27th may.