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

Karthik and Rohit crush Daredevils


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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  • Naresh 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 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.

  • darius 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 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.

  • Sharky 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)

  • Sundarraman 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!

  • o 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.

  • Vishesh 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