Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Mumbai April 9, 2013

Karthik and Rohit crush Daredevils

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Mumbai Indians 209 for 5 (Karthik 86, Rohit 74*) beat Delhi Daredevils 165 for 9 (Warner 61, Juneja 49) by 44 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Dinesh Karthik's explosive innings blindsided Delhi Daredevils and turned Mumbai Indians' horrific start into the first 200-plus total of the season, one large enough to secure a 44-run win in their first home game. Rohit Sharma gave Karthik support at the start of their 132-run partnership, before turning it on himself at the end to help his team secure their second victory in three games.

Mumbai had lost their openers in the first nine balls of the innings - Ricky Ponting caught by Mahela Jayawardene for a duck, Sachin Tendulkar run out by Jayawardene for one - but Karthik played like a batsman who has had solid scores in his first two games of the season.

After seeing out three overs quietly, Karthik took 15 runs off an Ashish Nehra over. He dominated the third-wicket partnership with Rohit, reaching 50 off 29 balls. Rohit was on 12 at the time. Mumbai reached 80 for 2 in 10 overs, and made it to the 100 mark in 12 overs.

Karthik went ballistic after reaching his fifty. He raced to 86 off 48 balls, taking his last 36 runs off 19 balls. He pulled the ball with glee, and his on-side play was entertaining. Karthik was perhaps the least likely among the Mumbai top four to get the orange cap, but he is now the first this season.

Rohit batted at the right pace, letting Karthik take more strike during their stand. Later he played second fiddle to Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu, who blasted two fours and two sixes in his eight-ball 24. Rayudu helped Mumbai take 22 runs off the penultimate over from Irfan Pathan, who had begun the evening with a maiden over, and Rohit's final-over treatment of Nehra - 20 runs - took his team to 209 for 5.

Mumbai got off to a stunning start when they began defence of their 209 runs. Off the first ball of the innings, Ponting dived quite a distance to his right at cover to take a stunning catch to dismiss Unmukt Chand. It was the opener's second first-ball duck in the tournament, but it was also the most unlikely bowler-fielder combination. The bowler was Harbhajan Singh, who had a history of run-ins with Ponting, but now they were hugging in joy.

David Warner hit boundaries with regularity at the other end, swiftly moving to 50 off 34 balls, but frequent wickets didn't allow Daredevils to settle into a rhythm. Warner fell for 61 off 37 deliveries, and Manprit Juneja's 49 was the only other sizeable score. Rishi Dhawan's direct hit from midwicket to run out Juneja was the final act in Mumbai's impressive fielding performance.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Sir.Ivor on April 10, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    I am very happy that Dinesh Karthik has once again shown how good he is against fast bowling. Yesterday he was up against Morkel,Yadav and Pathan, No mean attack really. And he walked in with Mumbai in some trouble. I remember when he was asked to open in South Africa against Pollock,Ntini Hayward and Kallis on a seaming track he surprised everyone with the ease with which he took to that role.. He played superbly in both innings.It was the same in in the third Test in 2007 in England . He has the technique and guts to play against the best pace bowlers. I wish the selectors pick him for South Africa. He has been there and should be quite comfortable even against South Africa's pace attack. And he could be a second wicket keeper on a long tour. In his own interest however my advice to him is to hang up his wicket keeping gloves. He could be a very very good batsman.

  • on April 9, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Surprising to see the field setup employed by DD. Boundries were scored at will at areas where you'd usually find fielders. I distinctly remember rohit hitting one boundry over mid on when the score was 153/2!! How come you not have a long on at that juncture! The batsman needed not take risks and most of the shots were proper cricketing ones. Of course nothing to take from the beautiful yet murderous assault from Karthik, Rohit, Rayudu and Pollard.

    Having said that, Mumbai are definitely lacking in the opening partnership. Even if they don't get out early, I doubt MI will have 80 something on board by ten overs with Pondulkar. Mumbai are winning because they have the strongest 3,4,5 and 6 followed by bhajji and johnson. Sad thing is that the pair will click once in 5-6 matches nd that will be enough for people to rate them as the best opening pair. And we'll have to settle to see the likes of rayudu and pollard for hardly 5 overs.

  • soumyas on April 9, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Jayavardane got completely wrong fielding setup for Dinesh kartik... even after hitting boundaries on same sides of the ground, still there is a big gap on leg side for Dinesh kartik, He is a predominantly legside player and if u bowl straight to him and keep 4 fielders on Deep-midwicket, Deep-square-leg, Deep-fine-leg and Long-On u can limit all his boundaries to single... trick is missed by jayavardene.

  • Naresh28 on April 11, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @vishesh78 - agree with u about ROHIT SHARMA. He scored a breath taking 100 in the last IPL .He is a classy player and just needs one good innings to launch his career in TEST cricket. At this stage there are limited spots with DHawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli doing well. Karthik and Sharma should get a go. Rahane looks good as well - the ones who succeed on foreign pitches will be the mainstays.

  • Lovetesh on April 10, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    So this the third time in a row that MI openers have failed. As long as they are winning that's fine. But once they lose matches there will be questions. I suggest that Ponting should come at #3 and let Karthik open the innings.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 10, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Seriously, why is Ajit Agarkar not in playing XI for DD? If I remember correctly, Delhi Daredevils was the only IPL team who made it to the semis in last years Champions League. Agarkar was the one who got them there with key performance with bat & ball in one of the knock-out matches. Why would you not include him? I would pick him ahead of Nehra. I agree that Agarkar can go for a few runs sometimes, but so can Nehra (as seen yesterday in the final over of MI innings). Everybody likes to make fun of Agarkar's batting, but he can make quick 15-20 runs which make a lot of difference in T20s. Also, he is an excellent out-fielder in my opinion (probably the best among all Indian quicks in recent times). He has a rocket throw and safe pair of hands. I am not saying Nehra is a bad bowler..but if you look at the "overall package" , Agarkar is always a better deal in T20s. At least DD should have played him in Wankhede..he probably knows more about this pitch than anybody else in DD team.

  • dariuscorny on April 10, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    haters are haters,people who criticize Chand here do not understand he is just in his infancy when one talks about intl cricket,he did made impact at under 19 level with commendable performances, just neeeds some time in the middle and support from his fans, he will perform .he is a genuine talent

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 10, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    I think DD missed a trick by running out SRT. They should let SRT play. The best SRT can do is score at a run a ball. Let him score a 50 or 60 - at his rate MI won't have crossed 150. 150 was an achievable target for DD.

  • SuperSharky on April 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    No problem with Mumbai openers. This isn't ODI cricket or Test Cricket. There isn't much time to think of defending your wicket for 20 overs. Besides, Ricky Ponting & Sachin Tendulkar are the ONLY opening pair till date, with a 50 run opening partnership in 2013 Pepsi IPL Cricket. (Mumbai Indians vs Royal Bangalore Challengers: 4 April 2013)

  • Sunman81 on April 10, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Yes...a crushing win indeed. But MI has a lot to think over it combination... It is the best time (Start of the season) to try new players like Nathan Coulter-Nile, Maxwell...With a knockout match scheduled in Chennai, they should have find the right balance of attack... Signing these players and making them warm the benches isn't a good thinking on the part of the management... This shows didn't adapt a horse for course policy during the auction!

  • Sir.Ivor on April 10, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    I am very happy that Dinesh Karthik has once again shown how good he is against fast bowling. Yesterday he was up against Morkel,Yadav and Pathan, No mean attack really. And he walked in with Mumbai in some trouble. I remember when he was asked to open in South Africa against Pollock,Ntini Hayward and Kallis on a seaming track he surprised everyone with the ease with which he took to that role.. He played superbly in both innings.It was the same in in the third Test in 2007 in England . He has the technique and guts to play against the best pace bowlers. I wish the selectors pick him for South Africa. He has been there and should be quite comfortable even against South Africa's pace attack. And he could be a second wicket keeper on a long tour. In his own interest however my advice to him is to hang up his wicket keeping gloves. He could be a very very good batsman.

  • on April 9, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Surprising to see the field setup employed by DD. Boundries were scored at will at areas where you'd usually find fielders. I distinctly remember rohit hitting one boundry over mid on when the score was 153/2!! How come you not have a long on at that juncture! The batsman needed not take risks and most of the shots were proper cricketing ones. Of course nothing to take from the beautiful yet murderous assault from Karthik, Rohit, Rayudu and Pollard.

    Having said that, Mumbai are definitely lacking in the opening partnership. Even if they don't get out early, I doubt MI will have 80 something on board by ten overs with Pondulkar. Mumbai are winning because they have the strongest 3,4,5 and 6 followed by bhajji and johnson. Sad thing is that the pair will click once in 5-6 matches nd that will be enough for people to rate them as the best opening pair. And we'll have to settle to see the likes of rayudu and pollard for hardly 5 overs.

  • soumyas on April 9, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Jayavardane got completely wrong fielding setup for Dinesh kartik... even after hitting boundaries on same sides of the ground, still there is a big gap on leg side for Dinesh kartik, He is a predominantly legside player and if u bowl straight to him and keep 4 fielders on Deep-midwicket, Deep-square-leg, Deep-fine-leg and Long-On u can limit all his boundaries to single... trick is missed by jayavardene.

  • Naresh28 on April 11, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @vishesh78 - agree with u about ROHIT SHARMA. He scored a breath taking 100 in the last IPL .He is a classy player and just needs one good innings to launch his career in TEST cricket. At this stage there are limited spots with DHawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli doing well. Karthik and Sharma should get a go. Rahane looks good as well - the ones who succeed on foreign pitches will be the mainstays.

  • Lovetesh on April 10, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    So this the third time in a row that MI openers have failed. As long as they are winning that's fine. But once they lose matches there will be questions. I suggest that Ponting should come at #3 and let Karthik open the innings.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 10, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Seriously, why is Ajit Agarkar not in playing XI for DD? If I remember correctly, Delhi Daredevils was the only IPL team who made it to the semis in last years Champions League. Agarkar was the one who got them there with key performance with bat & ball in one of the knock-out matches. Why would you not include him? I would pick him ahead of Nehra. I agree that Agarkar can go for a few runs sometimes, but so can Nehra (as seen yesterday in the final over of MI innings). Everybody likes to make fun of Agarkar's batting, but he can make quick 15-20 runs which make a lot of difference in T20s. Also, he is an excellent out-fielder in my opinion (probably the best among all Indian quicks in recent times). He has a rocket throw and safe pair of hands. I am not saying Nehra is a bad bowler..but if you look at the "overall package" , Agarkar is always a better deal in T20s. At least DD should have played him in Wankhede..he probably knows more about this pitch than anybody else in DD team.

  • dariuscorny on April 10, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    haters are haters,people who criticize Chand here do not understand he is just in his infancy when one talks about intl cricket,he did made impact at under 19 level with commendable performances, just neeeds some time in the middle and support from his fans, he will perform .he is a genuine talent

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 10, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    I think DD missed a trick by running out SRT. They should let SRT play. The best SRT can do is score at a run a ball. Let him score a 50 or 60 - at his rate MI won't have crossed 150. 150 was an achievable target for DD.

  • SuperSharky on April 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    No problem with Mumbai openers. This isn't ODI cricket or Test Cricket. There isn't much time to think of defending your wicket for 20 overs. Besides, Ricky Ponting & Sachin Tendulkar are the ONLY opening pair till date, with a 50 run opening partnership in 2013 Pepsi IPL Cricket. (Mumbai Indians vs Royal Bangalore Challengers: 4 April 2013)

  • Sunman81 on April 10, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Yes...a crushing win indeed. But MI has a lot to think over it combination... It is the best time (Start of the season) to try new players like Nathan Coulter-Nile, Maxwell...With a knockout match scheduled in Chennai, they should have find the right balance of attack... Signing these players and making them warm the benches isn't a good thinking on the part of the management... This shows didn't adapt a horse for course policy during the auction!

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 10, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    With the big hitters out KP Sehwag , DD really need to back Andre Russell with the bat to finish or boost an innings, aside form Warner they look impotent with the bat and may not even qualify this year.

  • vishesh78 on April 10, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @Sir.Ivor - That is exactly my point how can you be so sure that if MK gets 10% of the opportunity that Rohit got, he would have excelled. He has not been given opportunity not only because of Rohit. He played his 1st international years ago and not till recently not because of Rohit. People see him as a person not with the best technique. I surely want him to get opportunity and prove his talent but lets stop critizing one person!!!

  • ---lasitha--- on April 10, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    come on mahela play a specialized batsman at 7 or a batting allrounder not irfan pathan and go in with jeewan mendis for a couple mathes and try

  • Arjun_M on April 10, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Ricky Ponting can be at least a non-batting (if not non-playing, like in tennis) captain of this team- bat at seven/eight, but leave the top four to Pollard, Sachin, Rohit and Karthik. While it's good to see Karthik and Rohit score plenty of runs, the poor form of the Indian pace bowlers on flat decks is a matter of concern. Of the teams fielding largely Indian pacers, Delhi has the best bunch of Indian pacers, who fell apart on a flat pitch. Rajasthan's pace attack fared well on a green wickets, but will struggle on a flat deck- and Delhi's attack is so much better. Delhi have the right combination at present , but Siddarth Kaul should be playing ahead of Nehra. Delhi management seem scared of giving young Sid Kaul a go.

  • on April 10, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    As I mentioned before, Rohit has to keep on repeating his todays performance. Still whole tournament is ahead of him. He can show his ability against some of class international attack like Sten, Morkel etc. Have anybody watched his skoop shot against Morkel today ? Out of world !!!. Come on Rohit. All the best for rest IPL.

  • on April 10, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Reply to all Critics of our 2 legends. We MI fans are not worried abt our openers. We are delighted to see them open. We just want watch them on field. Let them play or not. We MI supported least cares. If u , other team fans have any concerns just be happy that they are not performing. We have no prblm. Why u r then worried. We LOVE Sachin We love MI and we cherish each second he plays for our team. Ponting although not loved like Sachin, is our captain. Now we love him too. There are millions of fans around India who just for a single from Sachin will stand up and cheer, that sight is amazing in our eyes. Call it addiction or watever words u Like. I love it and I know MI Fans love it. You so called haters are free to join and cherish for any other team. Let us mind our own business.

  • pradip1127 on April 10, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Good Win!!! But.... I still believe opening should be change, Rayudu and Sachin open and followed by Karthik, Ponting,rohit,pollard,All Rounder,Bhajji,Johnson,Malinga,Ojha.

  • jjegan8976 on April 10, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Very funny to see Mumbai Indians having two tortoise in the front ,one imported from Australia and the another one from our homeland.They are misunderstood for tigers

  • tia.ankit on April 10, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Delhi needs Sehwag's batting badly, because Without Sehwag it looks like Ranji Team.

  • siri12345 on April 10, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    those who r telling mahela is at wrong in field settings.i want to say only one thing.no captain in the world can properly set a field when indian fast bowlers are bowling.i wander why on the earth delhi r playing 3 of those.even a legend bowler like morne morkel looks so ordinary when bowling with indian fast bowlers.morkel looks so different when bowling with steyn.its a pity they bargained nehra for taylor.delhi have to quickly change its combination before its too late.delhi needs a quality spinner.their pace bowlers are so one dimensional.cricinfo plz publish.

  • AmrDx on April 10, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    I don't get why Rohit is receiving hate even after he performed well last night. If you are truly an Indian cricket team fan then you should be happy that he found his form now and just be hoping that he maintains it. Instead of that all we can see here is a bunch of glory hunting fans whining about how he is going to be selected for India and perform inconsistent. The same people wanted Virat Kohli out of the team 2 years ago when he was not performing well. They call Jedeja talent-less and mock him on the social media sites. Now they are calling Unmukt Chand overrated ? seriously ? I'm just happy that there was no such plastic fans in 90s. Just keep in your mind that it took 79 matches for Sachin to score his first century in ODIs. We believed in our players back then. But nowadays fans are just there to hate and criticize the players. Never there to support the out of form players. This message is not against all Indian fans.. Just to those glory hunters. Believe in our players.

  • SANTHOSHM100 on April 10, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    The retired guys like, Ponting, Sachin, Dravid,Nehra, Hogg, Hodge,Muralitharan,MKarthik,Gilchrist,DNannes, MHussey,Lee, Kallis are wasting the young talents -both indian & overseas. They should retire from IPL for the sake of Youngesters

  • on April 10, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Karthik had always proved his mettle, yesterday's knock was really impressive. Hope that he should be included in Indian Squad as he is a player to look for in any format of cricket

  • phunny_game on April 10, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @BDforever: LOL... yeah dts right. They were on top of the table last year, no.4 in champions league. Chennai super kings have won two titles without a BD player. Infact except for KKR, only pune warriors have a BD player.. And, surprise surprise, they have been at the bottom since their first season.

  • Lakpj on April 10, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    The only change that Mumbai needs to do is to change their openers. but it is highly unlikely to happen as Ponting is the captain and the other guy is Sachin. it was good that both of them got out early, otherwise Mumbai would not have scored even 175. I think Mumbai has most the basis covered in this season with good fast bowlers in Jhonson and Malinga, two good spinners and a strong middle order. and their is lot of fire power in their middle order too. they need to be more consistent and openers should be good. if all these things come together Mumbai can easily be the best team in this season.

  • sandy_bangalore on April 10, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Unmukt Chand is massively overrated. And disturbing is the fact that agencies are already queing up to sign him, before he has even made a mark in Ranjo, forget internationals. Let him learn to play international bowling first, he looks completely out of this league.

  • on April 10, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik is a very good replacement of Mahinder Singh Dhoni in case of any injury or rest, MSD want's to avail but in the longer run, I believe he can be a very good opening batsman option for India with DHAWAN .... Gambhir and Sehwag must get some bench competition so that they may enhance their performance..Middle order of India is settled for next few years and so is the spin department...With B.KUMAR's entry, seem bowling is looking a bit stronger as well...

    Overall INDIAN outfit is balanced under captaincy of Dhoni...The only thing they have to improve is their outside india record, which is highly contrasting to their HOME performances.

  • on April 10, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Can a Right Arm bowler bowl with his Front leg behind the Bowling crease?Is it a No Ball or not? I have seen Pollard bowling like this in yesterdays Match against DD?

  • ssenthil on April 10, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    How insane this people are? How can most of this proclaimed cricket fans not aware of what Unmukt Chand has done very very recently? I wonder not even 1% of the Indian cricket fans are not aware of,

    "Unmukt Chand scored TWO consecutive hundred in the just concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy"

    I hope people can read that here. http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/627002.html

    He is young and should get some time out there, even the legends Sachin and Ponting failed in all 3 Innings.

  • BDforever on April 10, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    One of the main reasons why DD lost all the matches is they didn't choose any BD players in their squad.

  • sandeep1978 on April 10, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @dravid_gravitas The moment u posted on this page, i knew sachin had scored less!

  • Sir.Ivor on April 10, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Vishesh78. Could you please amplify on what is wrong with Manoj Tiwari's technique against fast bowling ? Is his leaving the ball outside off stump faulty or is it his ability to read the swing of the ball from the bowler's hand or his judging of length or his ability to play the square cut, the hook and the pull comfortably. I think Tiwari's ability is questioned without even giving him 10 percent of the chances that Rohit Sharma gets.The point is that he has done well in almost all of the limited opportunities he has got but is still a reserve.He is a good batsman but has not been given the due recognition for whatever reason.

  • aravabalaji on April 10, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    It was a fearless effort from Karthik when the chips are down. Really it was his counter attack woke up Rohit from his slumber. If Karthik has got half the pampering Rohit got, he would have been a permanent feature in all the 3 formats. It is unfair to comment that Badrinath is not of international class. It would be equal to saying that Steyn, Morkel, Parnell, etc., (against whom he made a debut half century on a hot tract) are not of world class. He has not been given his due for the reasons best known to BCCI.

  • TRAM on April 10, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    @soumyas, Jayawardane did the field setup right. You cant set field for poor bowling. Period. But we need to also give credit to the exceptional backfoot play by Karthik May be Nehra & Pathan didn't expect such a strong backfoot play (so many cuts, hooks & pulls) from an Indian. No wonder DK was a success in England tour in 2007. He also played delicate late guides and powerful frontfoot sweep-loft for six off spinners apart from regular cover drives of Morkel.. Too much alround play.

  • Romenevans on April 10, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Since Rohit has again played his as usual once in a blue moon inning, he will be in the Indian team for at least next couple of years. After all he is the "Chosen One Gifted Talent" we all have been blessed to get tortured while seeing his lazy shots, that commentator refer to "He has so much time to play the fast bowlers."

  • Sandt on April 10, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Ambadi Rayudu should give a chance in Indian One day team alongwith Dinesh Karthik instead of so called talented Rohit,Yuvraj, Ajinka rahane etc for the champions trophy.Ambadi rayudu seems to be a good hiiter.

  • Raj12345 on April 10, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    I had arguments about Dinesh Karthik for years. He was in team when Kohli, Rohit & Raina was trying to enter. People marked him as a WK rather than middle order batsman and dropped him since Dhoni has come to team, so he was keep losing his chance with wrong attitude of selectors. But Dhoni has to realize that it is time to bring one more middle order batsman to strength his team and Dhoni has to leave his belief in RG & Raina. That is better for india in Test. Also bring DK to ODI as middle order. People can look at DK's last 1 year domestic score. He played all his innings under pressure and scored many tons.

    Still fans support RG, please look at Dinesh Karthik score in domestic, he never been lesser than RG and but never got international chances like RG. Still some people believes that RG can come back to team. Yes, he can fail 9 out of 10 and can come back but people like DK can score 8 out of 10 matches and can't come to team, that is sad story.

  • mayhem.rules on April 10, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Great win for MI !!! Karthik, Rohit well played...the huge score was enough to make up for a bowling failure as well...good that they bowled decently...but there are many areas that need to be plugged if they have to become the title favorites...the opening pair needs to be sorted out...ponting / tendulkar...3 mathces...no result...time for a change of guard...when are the likes of Maxmillion/Hughes going to be tried...even bhajji needs to make way for some other player...cant keep players in the team based just on seniority...sad to say...but the same goes for sachin...hopefully we see some quick changes up and down the order in the coming matches...for now savour the rocking win...cheers !!!

  • GRVJPR on April 10, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Ponting atleast cotributed with great catch and refreshing captaincy, what did sachin do other than showing his white teeths.

  • rsijwali on April 10, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Mumbai Indian batting is great.. Its better for opposition if they don't take wicket of mumbai indian openers...Its true..RCB won that match because of this...

  • zeuszeus on April 10, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Now that Rohit Sharma has scored a much needed fifty, he has now selected himself for the tours of South Africa and England. Selectors now cannot afford to ignore this magnificent performance.

    It is a guarantee performance to part of the Indian team once again...well atleast for another six months...then he can always score another fifty in the coming Ranji Trophy championship and be eligible for selection all over again..and the story will go on and on..

  • himanshu.team on April 10, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    I still am not a big fan of Karthik. He has got runs due to some poor bowling and poorer field placements. Of cource he has been batting well, otherwise he would not have the orange cap, but looking at his batting, I still don't feel he can make it to the Indian team purely as a batsman. He has to prove himself against better bowling and fielding sides (not mention, against clever field placements). Perhaps by the end of this tournament, we will get a better view. For now, he has got a good start for himself as well as for his team.

  • vishesh78 on April 10, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    What surprises me is that if Rohit fails, the entire Cricinfo community is there to critisize him. But now we had played a mature innings, not even a single compliment!!! Agree he has disappointed us most of the times, but lets grow up and give compliment where it deserves. We all backed Rahane for ODI and we saw what happened. I am sure we will try Manoj soon but I am not optimistic as his technique is not good against quality fast bowling. Rohit is still our best bet for test cricket!!!

  • sandy_bangalore on April 10, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik was rated really highly by Greg Chappell, and had he been around, he would surely have been a star by now. He is technically very sound, and unlike majority of Indian flt pitch kings, plays well of the backfoot(check the scores in the 2007 series in england). The problem is that he is a rather quiet character and dosent have 'great' stories or antics to sell. He is so ideal to have at No 5 or 6 in the middle order. Yuvraj has been given so many chances, but he is a flot against bounce, swing and spin. Badrinath lacks international class. Hope the selectors consider him for South Africa

  • pradave17 on April 10, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    It is clear that MI won the match cos they lost Sachin and Ponting early. Other wise those guys will take 7 overs to get form and score 35-40 in 40 balls. I can't believe why still those teams depend on them.

  • on April 10, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster : I think you are forgetting the fact that IPL and ICL were initially meant to expose young INDIAN TALENT, to identify their potential ,to mentor them so that they become a part of the International side. So, it is necessary that they play and get recognized for their efforts and talent. Ofcourse the T20 format does not necessarily expose one's true abilities but it stands as a best platform for identifying players potential. Ponting has been proving with his captaincy and fielding.don forget that he was among the top scorers for hobart this season.Sure he ll do with the bat in upcoming matches.And Sachin is still the best batsman in MI and DID NOT HE PLAY FOR INDIA @ THE AGE OF 16? and that he failed in the first few matches?. It is never too early and never too late to do anything.

  • solankibhavesh on April 10, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Nice match and good batting by Karthik and this is the best inning from karthik in this season so this the good shine for MI and may he knows his name in probebel 30 of Champion trophy.

  • Rokingrishav on April 10, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    What a shame to exchange one of the worst bowler in IPL with a batsman who would have been the big asset in the absence of big gun. I hope to see sehwag in the next and firing.

  • TRAM on April 10, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Karthik got out at over 14.4 at 86 runs off 48 balls. If he had stayed till the end he would have reached 141 runs based on his strike rate. Many other batsmen (dont want to mention names) would have slowed down a bit to make sure they score a century. But Karthik the team man he is, continued to play with same aggression.

  • simonviller on April 10, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Why is MI persisting with Ponting and ST together at the top of the order for so long ? I think ST with Dwayne Smith worked well before ,why not use them again . Ponting is not a t20 player so why give him the captaincy to ensure that he plays every game ? Some try until they get it right ,while others barely get a chance ?

  • CricketpunditUSA on April 10, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Karthik can walk into many test eleven as the first choice keeper. Dhoni is special,, so cannot get into the side,though he is a better gloveman. We should play him as a specialist batsman. He has a decent record, experience and more importantly the form... But region quota will not let him in since you have ashwin And vijay in the team. Far better technique than Raina. Addl wkt keeping option. Can Indian team be selected on form and merit?...?

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 9, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Dinesh Kartich always had talent - he lacked self belief. I remember 5-6 years ago when he was playing for India and a reporter asked him - how does it feel playing alongside SRT, DK said he's so happy that SRT knows his name!!! That's when I knew - DK won't survive - he is like a boy who suddenly finds himself in company of batman and superman!!! His reaction should have been - I am confident that I can perform as well as, if not better than, SRT and Dravid. At least now he can honestly say that he is better than SRT.

  • Feroz9700 on April 9, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Delhi team seems to be clueless without KP and Sehwag. Poor bowling from Delhi bowlers, they made Karthik, Rayudu and Sharma look world class. These players look so ordinary when they play for other teams. I don`t know who the Delhi bowling coach is, he needs to be fired. There was no strategy on how to bowl, took away all the fun from the game even though the big hits were good to see but need to see some competition. And now based on this performance these players like Rohit and Karthik will play for India and will be utter flops.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 9, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    The moment Statchin was dismissed early, I knew DD was in trouble.

  • Alexk400 on April 9, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    I really want Rohit sharma to open inning with Sachin and Ponting ,DK,Pollard, rayudu (or some other big hitter). DK play crisp crunching shots for small guy. He has great flexibility but too much fidgity. He can't stay in one place. Thats ok. As someone said he gets out normally when he play too much "special" shot and innovative when its required to grind. He has all the shots in the book. Someday or some year he clicks. this is DK year. Even sachin come to party soon. MI with ponting as captain can go all the way.

  • popcorn on April 9, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    David Warner is only fit for T20 Cricket.he has batted irresponsibly in Tests - both against South Africa and India.This match fortifies what i have been saying all aong about him.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 9, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    If Mumbai Indians want to win - they need to get rid of 10dulkar. Simple as that. He is the white elephant who has been holding them back. Agreed - this white elephant helps gate receipts by bringing in curious onlookers who want to take a peek at him.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 9, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    I like this fellow Dinesh Karthik. He plays crisp, clean, proper cricketing shots and can also be innovative at times. It is always entertaining to watch him bat. The only problem with him is he sometimes tries to hit one shot too many and gets out. But he is definitely a quality batsman with very good technique. Anyone remembers 2007 India-England Test series in England? One of the reasons India won that series was because of Dinesh Karthik's solid opening partnerships with Wasim Jaffer. Right now, he has fallen off selectors radar. But he can definitely be an asset for India at least in T20 internationals.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 9, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    DD should persist with Andre Russell give him more confidence and backing , he has far more potential and talent than Jeevan Mendis. Russell has shown in past he can be deadly with bat - with KP ,Ryder and Sehwag out DD should look to back Russell as a finishing batsman his fielding athletics and bowling option add to his worth in this depleted side.

  • Nampally on April 9, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    It was sad to see DD going down for the third match in a row. Sehwag was missing for all 3 matches. Agarkar's absence from the XI is a mystery. In T20 he is one of the most economical seamers + an aggressive batsman, lower down. He should replace Nehra & work in tandem with Yadev & Morkel. I hope Agarkar & Sehwag play the rest of the matches. In T20, in addition to 4 foreign players, the local players have to perform. Chand needs to bat lower down as he is failing as an opener. With Mahela failing to produce, it is a just one man show in Warner. Juneja was the only other batsman who contributed. Karthik is the only consistent batsman for MI. MI would have lost all their matches in absence of Karthik's batting. Rohit contributed for the first time & justified his #4 spot. DD gave far too many runs to make a fight of this. Chasing a score above 180 needs strong batting line up. DD have to regroup with bowling to restrict opposition below 160 if they have any chance for a playoff spot!

  • Antony.Avr on April 9, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    I just want to inform those who criticize Tendulkar - Ponting opening partnership...

    Sachin was the Players of series in 2010 (618 runs). Hope no one forgot this!!! 1st three matches were gone against him. Soon we can except the blast from Little Master. Ponting might miss to score big runs. But no one can disagree that he is an excellent captain!!! MI is doing great under his captaincy.. It's a pleasure for all young players to have the worlds best batsman's in the same team..

    Still MI is a dangerous team and have strong chance to win this year IPL trophy.

  • on April 9, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    The Mumbai Indians might want to change their batting order soon. Tendulkar and Dinesh Kartik at the top, with Rohit Sharma, Ricky Ponting, Keiron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu following them, in that order.

  • SlayerXI on April 9, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Mumbai will have to sort out their team formation sooner than later. Their opening duo isn't firing. Being one of the four overseas players, Ponting's role as a batsman is crucial. Also, playing R Dhawan doesn't help either as they already have a decent bowling attack. I would like to make few changes in the team which played today, 1. Maxmillion/Hughes in place of Ponting at the top. 2. A desi bat, Yadav/Saxena in place of R Dhawan 3. Depending on the pitch MI can alternate between Ojha and Munaf.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 9, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @Vivek PS: I think it is a big MISTAKE to allow young Indian players to play in a T20 tournament. I say this because, the format is an exciting one and very quick paced. Unmukt Chand would have been in cloud nine with his U-19 WC win and a good domestic season. T20 doesn't allow anybody to settle down as we saw tonight with Ponting and Tendulkar. It makes even veterans uneasy and nervous in front of a packed stadium. From next IPL, I don't wish to see any amateur, greenhorn Indians playing for any of the teams. It's far too early in their careers and multiple failures could shatter their self confidence.

  • CricketFanInCA on April 9, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Present Delhi Team is clueless and it is boring to watch Delhi matches. Bring back SHEWAQ as Captain and we will see the fireworks(Even in Team loses). Teams having Srilanka Captain lies in the bottom of the table except Sunrisers HYD(which will move eventually in bottom in the mid season). It is only going to be advantage for these teams to play in Chennai.

  • ladycricfan on April 9, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    DKarthik is in form of his life. It helped Rohit to free his arms. Hope he continues. It will be good for india. 209, scoreboard pressure, DD needed a good start. Unmukt Chand gone 1st ball. Mahela didn't click. Too much for the others.Warner alone can't win matches. Hope shewag recovers and changes their fortune. Under Ponting's captaincy MI players are gelling nicely as a formidable team.

  • sweetspot on April 9, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    I have no idea why teams are so happy to pick up Tendulkar's and Ponting's wickets so early. They are bound to be cautious and waste the Powerplay overs! Why bring in the attacking players early and see the score mount?

    Jokes apart, this is a game where a lot went the way MI wanted. DD look a bit like the deer in the headlights. But let's not judge Unmukt based on a couple of ducks.

  • on April 9, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    One thing about Unmukt Chand is that he is under a lot of pressure to perform, especially after the three failures....

    I dont think there is this much pressure on any other 19 year old cricketer in the world....He might hav enjoyed being famous so early in his carrier.....But the poor lad is @ the receiving end of the cricket crazy indian public.....

    He is a real talent, no doubt about that...Wat he needs now is a good mentor....Some senior cricketer has to go to him and help him carry over this situation......

  • on April 9, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    I think the pressure is getting in to the nerves of even the greats of the game Sachin n Ponting....

    In todays mach it was a desperate attempt by ponting to get some runs after 5 dot balls which took his wicket...

    Sachin likes to play the anchor role for MI from the first IPL itself ansd he wants to see the team through ..If Ponting cant get some quick runs in the initial overs, i think he should come down the batting order & sent the in form Karthik to open the innings with Sachin....

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 9, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    I feel sorry for the Delhi Daredevils. I have nothing more to comment; the absence of Sehwag is visible to all along with KP and Ryder. The Indian players in Delhi are useless and mediocre. Irfan Pathan is over hyped and pathetic. Nehra is a spent force, Shahbaz Nadeem wouldn't get into a local gully team and Juneja is just domestic material. I feel sorry for them that's all. It would be good if they finished at 7th or 8th position this season instead of last.

  • Zetta on April 9, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    I enjoyed the match quite a lot. It's been a long time since I saw MI bat so well - bowlling and fielding were good as always. Keep it up boys ~

  • InnocentGuy on April 9, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    So DD typically start the season in dominating fashion and end up failing right when it matters. This time they have had a really bad start. Maybe this is their year. That said, Go CSK!!

  • Alexk400 on April 9, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Unmukt chand played awsome in under 19 world cup. But he lacks power when playing in senior team. He was a flop in all the previous IPL. But i think he has age in his advantage , hope he gets success. I would play rao in place unmukt chand. I think sometime people think too much high of players and put lots of pressure on them. Unmukt chand may need some time off. Irfan pathan is most over hyped player ever. Some say he pinch hit , Some say he is all rounder , some say he has good technique..What ever that was i never seen him win any games or score briskly when team needed him. He is utter flop. DD needs thinking cricketers. Biggest hole i see in DD is number 5,6,7,8 not able to hit sixers. Thats where you need big strong players. DD do not posses team that can win even single game. Warner needs to click in all cylinders for DD to win a single game. Sehwag will be patchy and i doubt he can even play with specs. DD should fire whole coaching and TEAM director. CLUELESS.

  • sweet2hrme on April 9, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    How much improvement! Kartik u beauty.. Its very gud win 4 M.I. Ricky is a gr8 leader which makes M.I boys look aggresive n tive this time. Ricky n Sachin 2 gr8 player hv performed nothing n got out early putting the team in pressure but hats off to kartik he played positive n aggresive cricket despite of loosing wickets n handle the situation very well. How much improved player is now Kartik. His shots selection is awasome, classical n brilliant. Hope u will play continue in a aggresive n positive manner. The way Ricky leadin they looks gr8 side n can lift the cup.. Best wishes

  • British_North_America on April 9, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    1.4 Million Brand Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene cannot deliver.Sad to see.

  • Venkiviru on April 9, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Sehwag clearly missing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kc69 on April 9, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Heard a lot oabout U Chand and after 2 first ball ducks in 3 games he defintely looks overrated.DD seem to have lost it in the absence of KP(i will not agree the absence of Sehwag really matters).

  • suve on April 9, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @soumyas: What is the point of setting fields when Karthik kept hitting the ball for sixes? Delhi have the most overrated fast bowlers - Nehra and Pathan are horrible bowlers at the death. Morkel is hit and miss in T20 cricket too.

  • on April 9, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    where is ajit agarkar he is a good allrounder

  • EverybodylovesSachin on April 9, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    I see lot of people are frustrated with Sachin and Pointing.. This is their third game. They will score runs for sure so be patience and you will see the results.If you reaaly want some chnage then Pointing should bat at number 4. Sachin has tons of experience opening the innings..Karthik should remain at number three and he is having success at number three. Pollard should bat at number 5. We do not want to push in form players up the order and want to see sudden crash and it also depends on the situation of every game.

  • PrashantK93 on April 9, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    @A-Gunnie and @JamesSmitheeSachin has been performing well since IPL 1 !!! and after just 3 matches off which he has been run out twice people are on to him like he can't play T20 cricket. He's the third highest run getter in IPL with one century in T20 . Not a bad record at all for a guy who DOES NOT belong to this format !!!

  • on April 9, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    delhi please stop your love affair with 5 bowlers policy and please get batsmen like v rao or ben rohrer and drop overrated batsman unmukt chand.

  • Radicate on April 9, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    I am totally flamagasted looking at DD's line up (In Infact curse their auctioning team and Luck due to withdrawn players ..). If you notice only 2 players with international repute as batsman in their line up and compare Mumbai Indians they have just one substandard player that is R DHAWAN, it simply doesnt match up and will in the course of this IPL prove a real dampner in all matches Delhi is invloved if WARNER doesnt fire ! MUMBAI IS THE TEAM TO BEAT !! Chennai are the underdogs in the critical sense ...

  • on April 9, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Can Warner and Juneja do what karthik n Rohit does ?????

  • TheMeanMachine on April 9, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Is this the first game in which Kedhar Jadhav has kept wickets? I dont see any stats for wicketkeeping on his cricinfo page?

  • on April 9, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    good play it shows indian batting line up

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 9, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Sachin and Ponting out early is best thing that could happen for M.I if neither were in side M.I would make 200 every game. Karthik should just open Pollard needs to bat 4.

  • Rally_Windies on April 9, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Mumbai's batting is WRONG ... Tendulkar and Pointing should be dropped ... They are the weakest links .... The best thing Pointing and Tendulkar can do is get out early before they kill the run-rate by soaking up to many dot balls ...

  • on April 9, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Karthik is Unlucky. His own city men killing his talent :-( Not only him most of Indian talents are not getting utilized properly

  • A-Gunnie on April 9, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    No offence BUT why are greats ...Ponting and Tendulkar still opening the batting....this format was and never will be their game?It time for the under coach/management to speak up here.

  • JamesSmithee on April 9, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    ST and RP are only a old legends.

  • on April 9, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    "karthik ha not stopped raining boundaries here at Wankhede".

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 9, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Pollard must be given at least 10 overs to bat not just for his team but for us fans alike, it's criminal using him for anything less !

  • on April 9, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Kedar jadhav keeping wickets??? I've never seen him do that for maharashtra... But thats good !!! He can be a lethal weapon for his side. And the experience of keeping wickets will be a good addition to his resume as far as India selection is concerned !!!

  • on April 9, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Ponting and Tendulkar opening pair has been a real hoot to watch...when will they learn?

  • phaktaa_tikit on April 9, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I have observed Ponting's batting over last couple of years and can affirmatively say Ponting the batsman died long ago. No doubt about his captaincy skills but as a batsman MI are wasting a valuable foreign player slot. Sooner they take the bold decision of resting their captain, better it would be for MI

  • on April 9, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    In the previous match Virat Kohli showed everyone that they can win without depending completely on Gayle....:)

  • sachinisawesome on April 9, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    People talk about Sachin scoring slow, when he doing as good or as bad as any opener in this tournament apart from gayle. Nobody is talking about "LEGENDS" like Sangakara,Dilshan,Ponting, Hussy and "Fresh talents" like vijay, manish pandey, unmukt chand, rahane, uthapa. Are these great cricketers scoring at a better strike rate than sachin or am I watching a different IPL. Which team so far has scored 50 in their 6 overs. I believe only punjab.

  • sachinisawesome on April 9, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    People talk about Sachin scoring slow, when he doing as good or as bad as any opener in this tournament apart from gayle. Nobody is talking about "LEGENDS" like Sangakara,Dilshan,Ponting, Hussy and "Fresh talents" like vijay, manish pandey, unmukt chand, rahane, uthapa. Are these great cricketers scoring at a better strike rate than sachin or am I watching a different IPL. Which team so far has scored 50 in their 6 overs. I believe only punjab.

  • on April 9, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    In the previous match Virat Kohli showed everyone that they can win without depending completely on Gayle....:)

  • phaktaa_tikit on April 9, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I have observed Ponting's batting over last couple of years and can affirmatively say Ponting the batsman died long ago. No doubt about his captaincy skills but as a batsman MI are wasting a valuable foreign player slot. Sooner they take the bold decision of resting their captain, better it would be for MI

  • on April 9, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Ponting and Tendulkar opening pair has been a real hoot to watch...when will they learn?

  • on April 9, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Kedar jadhav keeping wickets??? I've never seen him do that for maharashtra... But thats good !!! He can be a lethal weapon for his side. And the experience of keeping wickets will be a good addition to his resume as far as India selection is concerned !!!

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 9, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Pollard must be given at least 10 overs to bat not just for his team but for us fans alike, it's criminal using him for anything less !

  • on April 9, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    "karthik ha not stopped raining boundaries here at Wankhede".

  • JamesSmithee on April 9, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    ST and RP are only a old legends.

  • A-Gunnie on April 9, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    No offence BUT why are greats ...Ponting and Tendulkar still opening the batting....this format was and never will be their game?It time for the under coach/management to speak up here.

  • on April 9, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Karthik is Unlucky. His own city men killing his talent :-( Not only him most of Indian talents are not getting utilized properly