Indian Premier League - 36th match

Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians

Delhi Daredevils won by 37 runs

Not too far from the start now. Tendulkar and Malinga are taking some catches on the field. Tendulkar's fingers are so heavily bandaged. They usually are, though.

The Kotla is pretty packed and the crowd roars as the men who matter take the field. Sehwag and Mahela walking to the middle.

Mahela will face the first ball, from someone he knows well - Malinga. Blonde curls bounding in from over the wicket. One slip in place.

Toss, 7.30 pm Sehwag tosses, Harbhajan calls tails. It is tails. Mumbai Indians will bowl first. Sehwag says chasing has been Delhi's strategy, but he doesn't mind batting first.

Delhi have made one change, leaving out left-arm spinner Pawan Negi and bringing back veteran medium-pacer Ajit Agarkar.

Harbhajan said Aiden Blizzard was playing today, but we don't know who he has replaced. My guess would be Clint McKay. I stand corrected. James Franklin is apparently not fully fit, so Blizzard has taken his spot.

Apologies for saying Lasith Malinga was not playing. Had a brain fade. He is in Mumbai Indians XI, well recovered from his back problems. Clint McKay has made way for him.

7.20 pm Good evening and welcome to match 36 of the IPL, between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians at the Kotla. The first game between these sides was built up to be a potential cracker, but it fizzled out as Mumbai were given a hiding at Wankhede. On a quick pitch, Delhi shot the hosts out for 92 and chased with ease. How will today play out?

Delhi Daredevils are top of the league, with five wins in seven games. Mumbai Indians are seventh, with four wins in seven games. A win for Mumbai will take them second. A win for Delhi will increase their lead.

We have a Member of Parliament playing today. Sachin Tendulkar is now part of India's upper house - the Rajya Sabha. This is what Virender Sehwag had to say on Twitter: "My first ipl game against a rajya sabha member ;) Hope the weather holds n we get a full game today."

The weather looks fine at the moment. This game is between two cities whose inhabitants often have strong opinions about each other. I wonder if there will be much Mumbai support at the Kotla. There will be Tendulkar support of course.

0.1

Malinga to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length but the line is a touch straight on middle and leg, Mahela glances off his pads towards fine leg

0.2

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag is squared up in his crease and beaten by a ball that rises from a good length and seams away late from off stump line

0.3

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, good length on off stump again, 129 kph, Sehwag stays in his crease and punches to cover

0.4

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, once again Sehwag is beaten, he stayed in his crease and pushed at a delivery that seamed away after pitching on off stump

0.5

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, this one came back into Sehwag, instead of moving away, Sehwag got behind the line and blocked

0.6

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, it's like he was never away, Malinga ends a spot-on first over with a ball on a good length around middle stump, Sehwag pays it down on the leg side

End of over 1 (1 run) Delhi Daredevils 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
V Sehwag    0* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (1b)     

This is what Malinga does, bowls so economically that the batsmen are forced into attacking the bowler at the other end, giving them wicket-taking opportunities ... RP Singh from over the wicket.

1.1

Singh to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela tries to whip the ball through square leg after coming out of his crease but misses and gets hit on the pad

1.2

Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, RP gets the ball to move into Mahela after angling across him from over the wicket, the line is a bit straight and Mahela glances off his pads behind square

1.3

Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, short of a length on the hips, Sehwag chips the ball over square leg, there's a fielder in the deep and the ball reaches him on the bounce

Raj: "Sometimes Malinga is so lethal that playing him out is a moral victory for the batsman. I remember last year DD could not put bat to the ball facing Malinga."

1.4

Singh to Jayawardene, no run, good length angling across Mahela who moves forward and defends towards point

1.5

Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Mahela uses the angle and steers to third man

1.6

Singh to Sehwag, FOUR, that's short, that's wide, and there's no fielder at deep point to catch Sehwag's slash. He freed his arms and carved the ball over the infield

End of over 2 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
V Sehwag    5* (7b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0

2.1

Malinga to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela skips out of his crease and towards leg, he then picks up the length ball and hoists it over midwicket, one-bounce four

2.2

Malinga to Jayawardene, FOUR, too straight from Malinga, Mahela stays in his crease this time and flicks the ball deftly into the gap on the backward square leg boundary

2.3

Malinga to Jayawardene, no run, full ball outside off stump, Mahela leans into a cracking cover drive but can't beat the infield

2.4

Malinga to Jayawardene, 2 runs, good length with width outside off stump, Mahela steers towards third man where the fielder makes a good dive to save the four

2.5

Malinga to Jayawardene, FOUR, there's no stopping this four, Mahela uses the short length and width outside off stump to cut the ball through the gap at point. Mahela's laid into Malinga this over

2.6

Malinga to Jayawardene, 1 run, a straight yorker, Mahela deals with it by staying in his crease and clipping through midwicket

End of over 3 (15 runs) Delhi Daredevils 23/0 (RR: 7.66)
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (11b 3x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-16-0
V Sehwag    5* (7b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-7-0

Rohit: "Yet so see a batsman in IPL who can play Malinga as confidently as Jayawardane." Familiarity breeding confidence?

3.1

Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length and straight, Mahela drops the ball close on the off side and runs, RP Singh runs towards the ball and Sehwag finds his route blocked, after a moment or two, he finds a way around and completes the single without any hassles

3.2

Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, short of a length and straight, Sehwag pulls in front of square

3.3

Singh to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela moves forward and across to try and swat the ball against the angle across him from over the wicket, he misses

3.4

Singh to Jayawardene, FOUR, too full outside off stump, Mahela stays in his crease, waits for the ball, and then drills it wide of mid-off with a graceful drive

3.5

Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length just outside off, Mahela opens the face to guide the ball to third man

3.6

Singh to Sehwag, FOUR, leg-stump line and RP Singh pays for it, Sehwag stays on the back foot and glances the ball off his pads, too fine for the fielder at short fine leg

End of over 4 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 34/0 (RR: 8.50)
V Sehwag    10* (9b 2x4)      RP Singh    2-0-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    24* (15b 4x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-16-0

Rahul Shukla replaces Malinga, bowling medium-pace from over the wicket.

4.1

Shukla to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela stays in his crease and opens the face of the bat late to steer a short of a length ball to third man

4.2

Shukla to Sehwag, 1 run, that's too full and too close to off stump to play the cut, Sehwag plays it anyway, he has no room and bottom edges the ball into the ground behind point

4.3

Shukla to Jayawardene, FOUR, too full on leg stump, Mahela stays balanced in his crease and flicks the ball firmly to the backward square leg boundary

4.4

Shukla to Jayawardene, no run, now he steps out towards the bowler and tries to hit through cover, doesn't find the gap

4.5

Shukla to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Mahela tries to steer to third man but gets beaten by the bounce

4.6

Shukla to Jayawardene, no run, skiddy, fuller ball outside off stump, Mahela cuts from his crease but is beaten once again

End of over 5 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 40/0 (RR: 8.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    29* (20b 5x4)      R Shukla    1-0-6-0
V Sehwag    11* (10b 2x4)      RP Singh    2-0-18-0

5.1

Singh to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, RP Singh goes leg stump to Sehwag again, this time the fielder at short fine leg manages to dive to his right and cut off Sehwag's glance, that came off the pad actually

5.2

Singh to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela backs away and tries to cut the ball as it angles across him from over the wicket, the ball is slow off the pitch and once again the batsman makes no contact

5.3

Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller length on leg and middle, Mahela flicks from his crease to deep square leg

5.4

Singh to Sehwag, FOUR, short of a length with width outside off, Sehwag stays back and flays the ball over point, hitting it extremely hard

5.5

Singh to Sehwag, SIX, that's the first six of the night! Sehwag simply flat-bats a short ball over long-off, RP Singh has a glum look on his face

5.6

Singh to Sehwag, 2 wides, a slower ball, but it's down leg side

5.6

Singh to Jayawardene, no run, good length on middle to end the over, Mahela defends

The fielding restrictions are over and it's time for that time-out. Early days yet but Delhi are on course for a strong total. KP and Taylor wait in the dug out.

Chintan: "I don't understand Mumbai's strategies for any of their games. For some reason they always get team selection wrong. How come they haven't tried Gibbs or Levi more often? How about trying Kulkarni/Patel or Ojha instead of Shukla or RP Singh."

Pranav: "Its disheartening to see Harbhajan not standing up himself against such formidable batting partnerships. Looks as if gone are the days when he was known as a strike bowler!"

End of over 6 (14 runs) Delhi Daredevils 54/0 (RR: 9.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    30* (23b 5x4)      RP Singh    3-0-31-0
V Sehwag    21* (13b 3x4 1x6)      R Shukla    1-0-6-0

6.1

Shukla to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag stays in his crease and tries to steer a short of a length ball behind point, that was close to off stump and beat the bat

6.2

Shukla to Sehwag, 1 run, good length and straight, Sehwag stays on the back foot and tucks the ball behind square leg

Sreekanth: "For those asking, Gibbs is injured and would be available only next week." He's stubbed his finger or something.

6.3

Shukla to Jayawardene, 1 run, Pollard leaps to his right at point to take the pace of Mahela's fierce cut, saved three runs

6.4

Shukla to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag backed away towards leg to make room, Shukla followed him with a full ball, Sehwag flicked the ball in the air to the deep midwicket boundary, one-bounce four

6.5

Shukla to Sehwag, 2 runs, Sehwag backs away and plays a short of a length ball towards point, he runs the single and a poor throw to the bowler allows an overthrow

6.6

Shukla to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, Sehwag tries to whip off his pads but misses, they get a leg bye on the leg side

End of over 7 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 63/0 (RR: 9.00)
V Sehwag    28* (18b 4x4 1x6)      R Shukla    2-0-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    31* (24b 5x4)      RP Singh    3-0-31-0

Harbhajan has the ball ...

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, cut off the back foot behind point

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela plays the reverse paddle, hitting the ball in the air just short of Malinga at short third man, the fielder fumbles to allow the single

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag wanted to hit that hard but ended up playing back to the bowler

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, no run, played off the back foot to the off side

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag flat-bats the ball past the bowler towards long-off, RP Singh runs to his right, gets to the ball, gets hand on it but can't prevent the boundary, shoddy effort

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, this time RP Singh does stop the ball, it was hit straight to him by Sehwag

End of over 8 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 70/0 (RR: 8.75)
V Sehwag    34* (23b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    32* (25b 5x4)      R Shukla    2-0-14-0

Nikhil: "@Chintan: Mumbai have not done a lot wrong this season. If they win this one, they will be #2. They have 4 victories from 7 games. Current #2-#5 have 4 from 8."

Robin Peterson to bowl from round the wicket ... left-arm spin.

8.1

Peterson to Sehwag, SIX, Sehwag greets him by moving his front foot towards leg and clobbering the ball over the long-on boundary, that's in the stands

8.2

Peterson to Sehwag, no run, Karthik's missed a stumping! Sehwag charged Peterson very early and swung hard, he missed. The ball thudded into Karthik's pads and the keeper reacts in despair. Sehwag was miles out of his crease

8.3

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 run, hit off the back foot through point, Sehwag had to reach for that

8.4

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, played towards point once again

8.5

Peterson to Jayawardene, FOUR, short ball, and Mahela pulls the ball into the gap on the midwicket boundary. Precise placement.

8.6

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela opens the face of the bat late to dab the ball from off stump to short third man

End of over 9 (12 runs) Delhi Daredevils 82/0 (RR: 9.11)
DPMD Jayawardene    37* (28b 6x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-12-0
V Sehwag    41* (26b 5x4 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-7-0

Haque: Talking about selection, DD is not far behind in surprising us. There is no point in making Ross Taylor play all the matches, where in most of them he didnt had much role to play. Andre Russell should atleast be given a chance before its too late to experiment in the play offs."

9.1

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela steps out of his crease, is beaten by the flight, and lets the ball hit his body in the end

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela late cuts from close to off stump, Malinga dives to his left at short third man and makes a half stop

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 2 runs, driven off the back foot towards wide long-on

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag moves back but can't force the ball past midwicket

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, driven from the crease through point

Sal: "Karthik's really low on confidence. Not sure how much that stumping chance will cost MI. Hope Karthik scores big today!!"

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 2 runs, pulled off the back foot towards wide long-on, not timed very well, Pollard runs to his right from long-on and fields

End of over 10 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 88/0 (RR: 8.80)
DPMD Jayawardene    40* (31b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-13-0
V Sehwag    44* (29b 5x4 2x6)      RJ Peterson    1-0-12-0

Delhi 88 after 10 overs and all wickets intact. They'll want at least 100 more.

Abhishek: "@Nikhil, Even though Mumbai have done well, they could and should have done better but for the team selection. Mumbai have been very poor in this area every season."

Pollard into the attack, from over the wicket.

10.1

Pollard to Sehwag, 1 wide, short of a length ball down leg side, Sehwag tries to pull but it's too far away

10.1

Pollard to Sehwag, SIX, short ball and Sehwag has dismissed it with a powerful pull, heaving it high into the night sky, it lands in the stands. That shot has brought up his fifty and the Kotla crowd are cheering themselves hoarse.

10.2

Pollard to Sehwag, 1 run, flicked off the pads behind square

10.3

Pollard to Jayawardene, 1 run, the slower ball on middle stump, Mahela uses the angle into him from over the wicket to glance towards fine leg

10.4

Pollard to Sehwag, FOUR, a full toss on leg stump, you and I might have been able to take some runs of that. Sehwag simply clips it off his pads to the fine leg boundary, the fielder was in the circle

10.5

Pollard to Sehwag, SIX, tremendous hitting from the local favourite. Sehwag launches a length ball over the cow corner boundary with a powerful swing of the bat. It was the slower ball but it did not matter

10.6

Pollard to Sehwag, FOUR, shocking over from Mumbai's KP, a short ball on leg stump, Sehwag stays in his crease, swivels and pulls to the long leg boundary

Andrew: "What hitting by Sehwag! It's not even the penultimate over yet!"

End of over 11 (23 runs) Delhi Daredevils 111/0 (RR: 10.09)
V Sehwag    65* (34b 7x4 4x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-23-0
DPMD Jayawardene    41* (32b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-13-0

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela brings out the reverse swat and beats the fielder at short third man, the boundaries are coming thick and fast, as the cliche goes

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela backs away to try and cut a quicker ball but gets beaten

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela steps out of his crease and drives the ball towards cover through he wasn't to the pitch of it, Sehwag had set off for the single but was sent back, he turned around quickly and stretched to regain ground before Harbhajan took off the bails

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly short on middle stump, Mahela pulls towards wide long on

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 2 runs, Sehwag makes room by moving towards leg and biffs the ball in the air towards long-off, Rohit Sharma runs to his right to field and almost makes a mess of it

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, FOUR, width outside off stump, Sehwag makes some room as well and has plenty of time to cut the ball into the gap on the backward point boundary

End of over 12 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 122/0 (RR: 10.16)
V Sehwag    71* (36b 8x4 4x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-24-0
DPMD Jayawardene    46* (36b 7x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-23-0

Mumbai look clueless in the field at the moment. I wonder how Karthik is feeling behind the stumps. He missed a stumping of Sehwag. Malinga's back for his third over ...

12.1

Malinga to Jayawardene, 1 run, a low full toss on middle and leg, Mahela glances off his pads to the fine leg boundary where Peterson covers good ground and dives to his right to save the four

12.2

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 wide, that's short of a length but much too wide outside off, Sehwag reached out to cut the ball but it was too far away

12.2

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag cut the short and wide ball hard and high over point, not high enough though, because Pollard took off, leaping high into the air to get one hand on the ball, tremendous effort

12.3

Malinga to Jayawardene, 2 runs, he's done it again, but this time Pollard has hurt himself as he landed. Looks like a shoulder problem. Mahela cut the ball high over point and up Pollard went, his arm outstretched over his head to get fingertips on the ball and slow it down. The physio's out on the field taking a look. Pollard is now walking off the field clutching his shoulder, his right shoulder

12.4

Malinga to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela gets to his fifty with an awkward shot. He played the pull too early against a slower ball and the ball hit the back of the bat and fell on the off side

12.5

Malinga to Sehwag, 2 wides, a full ball down leg side, Sehwag misses the flick and Karthik fails to collect cleanly again, I thought the ball had hit something but the umpire did not

12.5

Malinga to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela gets down on one knee and slogs a slower ball from outside off stump to the midwicket boundary, one-bounce four

12.6

Malinga to Jayawardene, 1 run, a yorker, and Mahela manages to steer it towards third man. The ploy of bringing back Malinga has failed. What will Mumbai do now?

End of over 13 (13 runs) Delhi Daredevils 135/0 (RR: 10.38)
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (41b 8x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-29-0
V Sehwag    72* (37b 8x4 4x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-24-0

Eddiebhai: "Great - Mumbai's KP is gone off field and Delhi's is yet to bat; any hopes of MI winning this are now sealed!"

13.1

Peterson to Jayawardene, OUT, spoke too soon, Mahela's reverse pulled Peterson to point, he hit it straight to the fielder, Rohit Sharma did not need to move. I wonder if Peterson will show Mahela how it's done later tonight

DPMD Jayawardene c Sharma b Peterson 55 (65m 42b 8x4 0x6) SR: 130.95

Kevin Pietersen is the new batsman, he's facing a left-arm spinner.

13.2

Peterson to Pietersen, no run, driven back to the bowler

13.3

Peterson to Pietersen, no run, tries to nudge the ball on the leg side but it hits the pad

13.4

Peterson to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen tries to punch through cover but is cramped for room

13.5

Peterson to Pietersen, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease again

13.6

Peterson to Pietersen, 1 run, nearly a wicket maiden, but the fielder at midwicket couldn't cut off the back foot punch towards wide long-on. Peterson has given Delhi a good over after ages

End of over 14 (1 run) Delhi Daredevils 136/1 (RR: 9.71)
KP Pietersen    1* (5b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-13-1
V Sehwag    72* (37b 8x4 4x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-29-0

14.1

Shukla to Pietersen, no run, full ball on middle and leg, Pietersen clips it towards midwicket, doesn't beat the fielder

14.2

Shukla to Pietersen, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole that was, Pietersen flicks the ball towards fine leg

14.3

Shukla to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag stays on the back foot and square drives the ball in front of point

14.4

Shukla to Pietersen, 1 wide, what happened there? That would have been a wide had the batsman been a left-hander. It was that far down leg.

14.4

Shukla to Pietersen, FOUR, KP backs away to create room and launches a length ball over the fielder in the circle at mid-off

Now there's a long off, fine leg comes in.

14.5

Shukla to Pietersen, SIX, doesn't matter, the long-off fielder simply watches the ball sail over his head. KP cleared his front foot and lofted the ball inside out and all the way

14.6

Shukla to Pietersen, FOUR, too full angling into the right-hander, KP flicks the ball in the air over the fielder at midwicket and into the gap on the boundary

End of over 15 (17 runs) Delhi Daredevils 153/1 (RR: 10.20)
KP Pietersen    16* (10b 2x4 1x6)      R Shukla    3-0-31-0
V Sehwag    73* (38b 8x4 4x6)      RJ Peterson    2-0-13-1

Sanket: "If MI can get Sehwag out (asap) and restrict Delhi to around 180-190, they can still win this... They have to believe in themselves!" Restrict them to 180-190? That's probably a pipe dream.

The second time-out is over. Peterson to continue ...

15.1

Peterson to Sehwag, OUT, caught at deep cover! Sehwag made room by moving towards leg and wanted to hit over extra cover, he ended up slicing it high over cover, RP Singh came running in from the boundary and took the catch on the move. He looked a bit jittery while taking it but held on in the end.

V Sehwag c Singh b Peterson 73 (76m 39b 8x4 4x6) SR: 187.17

15.2

Peterson to Pietersen, 1 run, KP backs away to dab the ball towards cover

Irfan Pathan promoted over Ross Taylor.

15.3

Peterson to Pathan, OUT, he's been caught first ball! Peterson might keep Delhi below 200 yet! Irfan comes out of his crease, Peterson bowls the ball wide, Irfan reaches for it and slogs straight, lofting the ball very high. When it came down, Thisara Perera was under it at long-on. He's on the field for Pollard

IK Pathan c sub (NLTC Perera) b Peterson 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Now Ross Taylor is the new batsman.

15.4

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, driven on the front foot through midwicket

15.5

Peterson to Pietersen, 1 run, nudged off the back foot behind square

15.6

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, driven towards long on, Peterson's conceded only 17 in three overs so far. That's gold for Mumbai. He's taken all three wickets too, where's he been all this while

End of over 16 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 157/3 (RR: 9.81)
LRPL Taylor    2* (2b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-17-3
KP Pietersen    18* (12b 2x4 1x6)      R Shukla    3-0-31-0

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, Taylor tries to slog towards deep square leg but misses the ball delivered from round the wicket, that was a slow ball

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, SIX, he's not missed this! Taylor came forward to a quicker ball and slammed it flat over deep square leg

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, quick again, from over the wicket, Taylor flicks the ball off his pads along the ground to deep square leg

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, that's blitzed hard and straight, a hazard for the bowler and umpire. KP drove that with tremendous power, long-off had no chance

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, chipped off the back foot over cover, there's a fielder in the deep

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, SIX, a long hop, and Taylor's terrific at smashing long hops for six. He swivels and pulls the ball high and far over deep backward square leg, into the stands

End of over 17 (18 runs) Delhi Daredevils 175/3 (RR: 10.29)
LRPL Taylor    15* (6b 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-42-0
KP Pietersen    23* (14b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    3-0-17-3

17.1

Peterson to Pietersen, FOUR, KP goes after the left-arm spinner and lifts the ball into the gap between long-on and deep midwicket, he connected with the bottom of the bat

17.2

Peterson to Pietersen, SIX, that's hit the middle, and flown over the long-on boundary. KP came forward, cleared his front foot and slammed the ball straight

17.3

Peterson to Pietersen, SIX, KP shows Peterson the original switch-hit, getting into position early and pulling it over the cover boundary, that cleared the rope very easily

17.4

Peterson to Pietersen, no run

17.5

Peterson to Pietersen, no run, this time he misses the switch-hit after lunging on the front foot, his back foot is out of his crease as he loses balance a little, has he got it back in time before Karthik broke the stumps? It's very close. He got a tiny fraction of his back shoe behind the line, close call for KP but he survives

17.6

Peterson to Pietersen, FOUR, KP's edged this one past the keeper and to the third man boundary, he was looking to drive the ball. 20 runs off the run and Peterson's figures have been destroyed

End of over 18 (20 runs) Delhi Daredevils 195/3 (RR: 10.83)
KP Pietersen    43* (20b 5x4 3x6)      RJ Peterson    4-0-37-3
LRPL Taylor    15* (6b 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-42-0

18.1

Malinga to Taylor, OUT, lbw! Malinga bowled a straight full toss, Taylor missed the pull across the line and was hit on the thigh. That was dipping, though, and if there's no inside edge that is plumb

LRPL Taylor lbw b Malinga 15 (12m 7b 0x4 2x6) SR: 214.28

Yogesh Nagar's aim will be to give strike to KP.

18.2

Malinga to Nagar, OUT, another lbw! Malinga fires in a fast yorker, Nagar tried to play towards midwicket and missed, that was swinging into him as it thudded into the pad and might have missed leg stump. The umpire did not think so. Malinga's on a hat-trick

Y Nagar lbw b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.3

Malinga to Ojha, no run, a third yorker, but the batsman is good enough to keep it out

18.4

Malinga to Ojha, 1 run, shorter length outside off stump, steered to third man

Will KP attack Malinga? Or see him off to play the final over?

18.5

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, well he had to defend that, it was a yorker on off and middle stump

He'll want a single here.

18.6

Malinga to Pietersen, 1 run, another yorker, KP makes a bit of room to push the ball towards cover

End of over 19 (2 runs) Delhi Daredevils 197/5 (RR: 10.36)
KP Pietersen    44* (22b 5x4 3x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-31-2
NV Ojha    1* (2b)      RJ Peterson    4-0-37-3

RP Singh to bowl the final over ...

19.1

Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, the first ball is a low full toss outside off stump, KP drives the power from his crease and finds the extra cover boundary

19.2

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, clears his front foot and powers the full ball to long-on, only a single though

19.3

Singh to Ojha, 3 runs, short of a length ball angled across the right-hander, Ojha steers off the back foot and beats Malinga at short third man, KP runs very hard once the ball passes the fielder and he comes back for the third

19.4

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, full ball outside off, KP drives to long off to bring up a 50 off 25 balls

19.5

Singh to Ojha, 1 run, a full toss and Ojha mis-times the pull towards deep midwicket ... it falls short of the fielder

19.6

Singh to Pietersen, no run, would you believe it? The last ball is a dot ball. In the blockhole outside off stump and KP gets beaten as he tries to squeeze through point

9.45pm Tremendous innings from Delhi, relentless really. Sehwag and Mahela started the attack, Sehwag and Pietersen continued it, and Pietersen finished it. Delhi have posted 207 at the Kotla and Mumbai can approach the chase only one way. The question, though, is whether Pollard is fully fit to bat? He fell hard on his shoulder while diving at point and went off the field. He had bowled only one over and did not come back.

Gadde: "That is the perfect penultimate over by Malinga that every one will dream about, especially while defending a total."

Amit: "Time for Harbhajan to sit out? How can a captain inspire his team if he is not able to sort out his own problems?"

End of over 20 (10 runs) Delhi Daredevils 207/5
KP Pietersen    50* (26b 6x4 3x6)      RP Singh    4-0-41-0
NV Ojha    5* (4b)      SL Malinga    4-0-31-2
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Kieron Pollard was bowled for 16, Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Delhi, April 27, 2012

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