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
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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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  • azmi 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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 ..........

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

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

  • Pallab 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.

  • Aycaramba 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Vinod 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

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  • Dummy4 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..

  • Varun on April 28, 2012, 7:02 GMT

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

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