Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Delhi April 21, 2013

Sehwag, Jayawardene trounce tricky target


Delhi Daredevils 165 for 1 (Sehwag 95*, Jayawardene 59) beat Mumbai Indians 161 for 4 (Rohit Sharma 73, Tendulkar 54) by 9 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On a hot Sunday afternoon, two bowling attacks got into a contest of who could bowl worse. Mumbai Indians outdid their Delhi Daredevils counterparts by a comfortable margin, and handed Daredevils their first win in seven attempts this season.

To give credit where it's due, Daredevils were ordinary for a much shorter duration. They only let things go after they had reduced Mumbai to 24 for 2 in six overs, giving Rohit Sharma full toss after full toss to deposit into the stands, and conceding 161 runs. Mumbai's Jasprit Bumrah and Munaf Patel, though, were poor from the start, letting the hitherto struggling Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene run away with the chase after which the duo regained their touch too.

The match couldn't have started more differently. After Mumbai finally split the faltering box-office opening combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, Daredevils' left-arm bowlers stifled the top order on a slow pitch. Finally included, Roelof van der Merwe made the biggest difference, with the wicket of Dwayne Smith in the third over.

Everything was going in Daredevils' favour. They got the danger man Dinesh Karthik with a deflection from Umesh Yadav in his follow-through, and Tendulkar was struggling to strike at a run a ball. They somehow took Mumbai to 57 for 2 in 10 overs, but then the deluge started. Andre Russell, for some reason replacing Morne Morkel, began with a full toss for Rohit to hit a six. In the next over, Shahbaz Nadeem dropped Tendulkar.

In between the odd classy shot and heave, Rohit kept getting his loose balls. In all, he was given five full tosses, off which he scored 20 runs and was holed out on the last. These were not yorkers gone wrong, these were knee-high full bungers. Around more ordinary fielding, Mumbai kept prospering, but this was nothing compared to what was to follow.

Bumrah, of the strange action, might have been rescued by dodgy umpiring in the previous match he played, but his angle and his gentle pace and length bowling was fodder for the batsmen this time around. His first over finished, Bumrah went to short fine leg to drop Sehwag off Munaf Patel. It shouldn't take away from how poor the delivery was: short, down the leg side, with the fine leg up in the circle.

Munaf didn't stop doing that in his first two-over spell, and was consistently picked away on the leg side past the short fine leg. While Bumrah paid for that wide angle, Munaf was penalised for not bowling to his fields, and their next overs yielded 17 each. At 50 for 0 after five overs, these two had smelled blood, and you don't let Sehwag and Jayawardene smell blood. David Warner may have wondered why he didn't face such bowling when he opened the innings.

Matching each other shot for shot now, they carved through some of the better bowling, whipping Lasith Malinga, reverse-sweeping Harbhajan Singh, delighting the home crowd that has refused to stay away despite all the losses, becoming only the third combination in IPL to have registered two hundred-run opening stands.

What chance did Dwayne Smith stand? In his second over, the 10th of the chase, Smith was carved away for four by Sehwag and paddled away for a six by Jayawardene. And that six, coming as early as it did, brought the asking rate down to a run a ball. No collapse, fashionable as it might be, followed and the remaining 63 were got in just 45 balls.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • gerard on April 22, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    All the other teams put their best big hitters up front. Mumbai continuee to send in their best big hitter with less than five overs to go. That will always cause you to lose matches. Your best hitter must have the opportunity to bat most of your overs that is how your team will be successful. Had pollard batted early Mumbai could have made 200. Kartick, Sharma, Tendulka, ponting. these are good batsmen who will make big scores but they score their runs to slowly to put a winning score on the board.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    No matter how much the Mumbaibatting is criticized. It is actually their bowling which is sub par. Munaf is past his useby date. Pollard may get an odd wicket but he is very pedestrian. Harbhajan cannot get wickets and Malinga also is now not at all penetrative. In the last match also against DD although Mumbai made above 200, DD got to 165 without any of their main batters firing. Mumbai has a serious problem. Their slection and tactics are all muddle headed. Theu do not play Dhawal Kulkarni for no obvious reason and what about the million dollar man. MI have a lot of undroppables and they have added to their undroppable woes by selecting Ponting as a captain

  • Mohammed on April 22, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Great innings to watch from MI and DD, atlast Sehwag has fired everybody was eager to see Sehwag to perform now he should not let it down, now he should perform consistently, also warner and mahela if they want DD to qualify in top 4.

  • sachit on April 22, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @Chandran Tcp - you say "Packed with only Test Match veterans like ..,Lasith Malinga" how on earth is Malinga who hasn't played a test in 3 years become a Test Veteran :S

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    So sad to see Mumbai struggling. I dont think Bhaji and Munaf deserve their place in the XI. Mumbai should open with Sachin and Aditya Tare followed by Karthik, Rohit, Ponting, Pollard, Ambati Raydu, Mitchel Johnson, Ojha, Malinga and Dhawal Kulkarni / Abu Nechim. Pollard can be promoted so that he can bat for at least 10 overs. Rohit can also be used as a part time spinner ( dont forget how effective spinner he was when he was playing for Deccan Chargers)

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Cheers sweet2hrme. Well said. SRT & Ponting dont deserve a place in T20 game. Cant believe Maxwell sitting out for ponting. MI should open with Blizzard & Rayudu. Then comes Karthiks, Rohit, Pollard, Maxwell..enough for opposition to take a pill. Wake up Ambanis...

  • SUMIT on April 22, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Stop all this NON SENSE.... Sachin is going through a lean patch, he is finding his form and in one or two more matches he will fire, and once he will fire it will be hell for the bowlers. He is the only orange cap holder from INDIA. He is indispensable for INDIA and for MI as well. If Sachin would have got out yesterday playing a careless shot then you all would have commented that he is finished but now that he has scored a half century, he will surely hit the bowlers hard in the coming matches. And don't forget next match is on 24th April against KKR at Eden Gardens the Mecca of Cricket in INDIA. and its SACHIN's birthday also, so playing in front of 70,000 people on your birthday will be a great experience. And don't forget what he had done on his birthday in 1998 against the Aussies. One of the best ODI innings ever played. GO SACHIN GO.... I am with you, Rock the Eden Garden the Mecca of Cricket in INDIA.

  • Vivek on April 22, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Mumbai lost because of their undisciplined bowling - 160+ was a good total to defend against a struggling batting line up. T20 is all about balance of the team. By making Ponting the captain, MI doesn't look settled enough - at times Ponting looks like a liability on similar lines as Gilly for KXIP (they should use wealth of their knowledge as mentors). The teams with Foreign captains will struggle because they will not be able to adjust against different conditions unless you are like Sanga who is ready to sit out. And we see this funny model of rotating captains (innovation award to Warriors). RR, RCB, CSK and KKR (in spite of their losses) look much settled and guess what - they all have desi captains.

  • Priyank on April 22, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Did anybody read what Viru said after Match Winning Knock ?

    He gave credit to Sir Vivian Richards who gave DD some tips about bluffing lol!. Sir Richards presence made the difference.

    Viru said, In fact it was Sir Viv's decision to try out something new that's why Mahela came in to open with Viru.

    Well played Viru.

  • Shajahan on April 22, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Well said by "sweet2hrme" on (April 22, 2013, 4:55 GMT).

    Most of ours wanted DK should be given the Captaincy. but the big Question here is, will he be respected in front of (by) Ponting, Sachin, Malinga, Pollard, Munaf, worst Bajji...?