Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 27, 2014

Daredevils keep Mumbai winless


Delhi Daredevils 126 for 4 (Vijay 40, Malinga 2-17) beat Mumbai Indians 125 for 6 (Pollard 33*, Unadkat 2-29) by six wickets
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Mumbai Indians have John Wright as their head coach, Anil Kumble as their team mentor, Jonty Rhodes as fielding coach, Sachin Tendulkar as an 'icon' and Robin Singh as assistant coach. Ricky Ponting was added to that list of illustrious names today, joining as an advisor. The expansion of the brains trust didn't result in a change in fortunes, as Mumbai went down for their fourth defeat in a row after their batting misfired yet again.

Delhi Daredevils may not have any superstar in their bowling ranks, but they combined to stifle Mumbai on a slow surface in Sharjah. Mumbai scores so far in this tournament have been 122 for 7, 115 for 9 and 141 for 7. To that sorry list, they added 125 for 6 today, again giving their bowlers too little to work with.

Things didn't go according to plan right from the start for Mumbai. The plan to push Rohit Sharma to the top of the order in place of the struggling Michael Hussey didn't work as Rohit was run-out by a Mohammed Shami direct hit in the second over. The ploy to have allrounder Corey Anderson at No. 3 seemed to be working a touch better as he hit two muscular boundaries, before finding man in the deep. Aditya Tare had already done the same.

Ambati Rayudu, an influential member for Mumbai in recent seasons, couldn't make an impact this time, poking around for a 21-ball 14. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the Mumbai batting has been the absent form of the ultra-consistent Michael Hussey, who had another forgettable outing before being undone by a slower yorker from Jaydev Unadkat. Perhaps the time has come to drop Hussey.

CM Gautam played sweeps and reverse-sweeps to make an enterprising 18-ball 22 and Kieron Pollard overcame a slow start to unleash a couple of monster sixes and lift Mumbai's run-rate above six.

Daredevils' spinners have been one of their weaknesses this season, but Shahbaz Nadeem and JP Duminy proved hard to get away on the sluggish pitch where the ball didn't come on to the bat. The lack of pace worked for medium-pacer Laxmi Shukla as well, and he troubled Pollard in particular.

Daredevils have a formidable top five, and the target of 126 was never going to be a problem unless there were plenty of early wickets. The openers, Quinton de Kock and M Vijay, provided a steady start with Vijay going on to top score with 40. Hussey took a stunner at point to dismiss de Kock, Lasith Malinga got rid of the in-form JP Duminy, and though there were a few anxious moments for Daredevils, Mumbai never really looked like posing a serious challenge. It gave Daredevils their second win in five matches so far.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Murali on April 29, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Auctions were the best part of the IPL 2014. By placing limits on the number of players who could be retained and by having a salary cap (60 cr), this edition could be the best ever.

    There was a salary cap of 60 crores. So with every player retained the salary cap reduces by a predetermined amount - thereby reducing that team's capacity to buy back players. So in simple terms, teams that retained 5 players had less money to spend on the auctions and teams that retained 3 players had more money to spend.

    The idea was to make IPL more competitive like the NBA where they have a DRAFT POLICY for local and foreign players. No wonder the NBA is a highly regarded sports competition.

    No point in the blaming the auctions as they were the same for every team. The MI batsmen need to step up their game. Hussey needs to become Mr.Consistent again. Rohith needs better form. Pollard needs to live up to his monstrous image.


  • MADHUR on April 29, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    @ramz30380. I agree that MI benched Maxwell for majority of their matches last year but that was because the team was winning and the 4 overseas players were doing their job well. MI's playing XI of last year was very strong and they couldn't accommodate Maxwell...plain simple.....this doesn't mean that Maxwell was being wasted point in critising the management just for the sake of it. And the bottom line is that AUCTIONS ARE UNFAIR TO THE STRONGER TEAMS!!

  • Joshua on April 28, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Why can't the other teams be like Chennai? They pick players based on what they offer to the balance of the team and their ability to turn a match on their own. I believe IPL teams need no more than six overseas players. This six should be made up with two openers, one top order batsman, one allrounder and two quality seam bowlers. If eight are chosen, let two be young lads who have the talent and are willing to give their best when needed albeit unlikely.

    Chennai no doubt has got this right with BMac & Smith (openers), Faf (top order bat), Bravo (batting allrounder) and Hilfy&Hastings (seam bowlers with batting potential). Badree and Henry are quite unfortunate as the former isn't needed with so many spinners (Raina, Jadeja & Ashwin)already present, while the latter is a 2nd back up for Hilfy after Hastings, but at least he's young with lots of talent.

    Apart from Badree selection (which was an excellent bargain), Chennai's auction team and management got it right once again.

  • Murali on April 28, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    @Cricketfan11111, Please have a look at the IPL auction rules.

    Each team could only retain 5 players (limit for Indian players is 4 and overseas players is 2). So you could either retain 4 Indian players and 1 overseas player or 3 Indian players and 2 overseas players.

    There was a salary cap of 60 crores. So with every player retained the salary cap reduces by a predetermined amount - there by reducing that team's capacity to buy back players. So in simple terms, teams that retained 5 players had less money to spend on the auctions and teams that retained 3 players had more money to spend.

    These rules were made to ensure every team had an equal shot at the trophy. Because previously, CSK and MI had better teams than all the other teams in the IPL!!!

  • Ramya on April 28, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    @MADHUR.KHOSLA - I disagree with you mate, one team cannot flex its muscles over the others because they can use their money power and buy all players in the auction. Last season they spent more on Maxie but benched him for most of the matches - so whts the point in buying players and benching them - a dog in the manger situation!

    Applying some sense was wht was needed and Im sorry to say tht the think tank of MI did not do tht! If u had noticed in all teams the coach, mentor was given all freedom to choose players, but I am not so sure abt the same in the MI dugout!

    Why did they retain Bajji, Rayudu and Ojha? Emotional decisions did them in! They cud have bid for Vijay than Hussey, why did they falter there. If MI are bad in an equal stage auction, then it is clear tht there is something very wrong with their management!

    There were restrictions on retaining foreign players to 2 & thts why Mumbai let go, if they cud have had everyone they never wud have let go a MJ or a Maxwell.

  • MADHUR on April 28, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @karthikeyan.thandavamoorthy... Nice team that you have suggested

  • MADHUR on April 28, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    @MrCricketJknothussey. My friend IPL is as much about cricket as it is about commercial interests....if poorer owner can't afford good players then I guess it is their problem...this tournament is highly competively and not a friendly one where we need to favour poorer teams so that they can compete better. It is all about winning at all costs ...Asking stronger teams to give up even one of their players is not done...If there has to be an auction then there should not be any restriction on the amount of money that can be spent.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Change playing XI of Mumbai to stay in this tournament. Do no what John, Kumble, Sachin, Robin,Jonty, Pointing doing? Totally moral down. Not only batting is bad, fielding also not up to the mark. Most guys are 30+ so no motivation and no self belief overall. Bowling of Zaheer, Harbhajan, Ojha is like secondary attack because of lack of international practice and age factor. Rest Hussey, Ojha and replace with Ben Dunk and Indian player in bench - Jalaj Saxena. Batting order need to change. Probs Mum XI: 1. Gautam 2. Ben Dunk 3. Rohit 4. Anderson 5. Rayadu 6. Pollard 7. Tare 8. Saxena 9.Harbhajan 10. Zaheer 11. Malinga.

  • Cricket on April 28, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    @MADHUR.KHOSLA A lot of people complained about the auction right after it happened. Hussey's form was under scrutiny since without regular international cricket, greats such as Gilchrist and Tendulkar have all failed. MI banked hard on unproven players like Anderson and nobody really said they were good buys while everyone praised CSK for nabbing Smith. Also, this auction has been a great equalizer and it was necessary. All teams no look much more even. Over the past few years, the strong teams like MI have picked up the best players because they could and benched them like Maxwell. Thus, poorer teams like KXIP could not do well as most of the players were warming benches. This year has been much more exciting and the limited budget at the auction really separated the mindless spenders (MI) from the intelligent buyers (KXIP, CSK, RR...pretty much everyone else). This auction was needed because the teams had to be balanced out. MI failed to keep up with the others, so its their fault.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    2013-14 Big Bash League Dunk named BBL's Player of the Tournament for scoring (395) runs.dunk desrves to be in playing xl for mumbai indians.

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