Indian Premier League, 55th match: Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians at Centurion, May 21, 2009
Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Played at SuperSport Park, Centurion (neutral venue)
21 May 2009 (20-over match)

Time for the chase to begin. Mumbai in a huddle, one final fling for them. Tendulkar's broken index finger with get rest after this match

Warner and Gambhir walk out. Malinga to bowl


Malinga to Gambhir, 2 runs, good bounce, good running. tucks him with a back-of-a-length delivery, Gambhir plays down to third man, where a slight fumble enables him to get back for two


Malinga to Gambhir, no run, full and fast, driven away with the open face, but can't beat cover


Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length again, swinging into the pads, and dabbed into the on side for one


Malinga to Warner, 1 run, another full and fast delivery, around off stump, and Warner slashes at it, gets a thick outside edge, towards third man


Malinga to Gambhir, no run, that's a fast bouncer, 144ks, in Gambhir's face, who pulls it and is way too late in the shot


Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, slower bouncer, and this time Gambhir sees it coming, waits for it, rocks back and pulls it over square leg

End of over 1 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 8/0 (158 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.31)

    • G Gambhir 7 (5b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 1 (1b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-8-0

Dhawal K to bowl


Kulkarni to Warner, 1 run, Warner goes for the big pull right away, but the ball is too full for the shot, lucky for Warner that it doesn't carry to midwicket


Kulkarni to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir wants to bully Kulkarni, walks down to him, Kulkarni oulls the length back, but Gambhir still manages to hit into the gap towards deep backward square


Kulkarni to Gambhir, no run, looks to run it for a single around the corner, but misses, almost on the run


Kulkarni to Gambhir, FOUR, another four and Gambhir is going after Kulkarni, pitched up, on the pads, Gambhir clears the front leg and goes straight down the ground, in the air


Kulkarni to Gambhir, 1 run, runs it down to third man this time, smart batting


Kulkarni to Warner, 1 run, sharp single, back of a length, played to extra cover and called early

End of over 2 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 19/0 (147 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 9.50, RRR: 8.16)

    • DA Warner 3 (3b)
    • G Gambhir 16 (9b 3x4)
    • DS Kulkarni 1-0-11-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-8-0

Dhanunjaya Sadhu looks for a coincidence: "MI started the IPL2009 by scoring 165 against CSK, they have ended it by scoring 165 again..what a coincidence..!"

Rahil Shaikh to start


Shaikh to Warner, FOUR, what a way to start, loopy fulltoss, slightly above waist high, Warner doesn't get the no-ball call but hits it for four all right, to midiwcket


Shaikh to Warner, 1 run, overpitched, just outside off, and played to right of mid-off for one


Shaikh to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball, on off stump, dabbed towards point and one run

Shailkh, by the way, is a left-arm medium-pacer bowling from over the stumps


Shaikh to Warner, 1 run, angling in towards his pads, and he misses out on a big one


Shaikh to Gambhir, FOUR, gentle pace, length ball, angling into the pads, and lofted over midwicket, simple


Shaikh to Gambhir, no run, pulls the length back a touch, on the off stump, dabbed away towards point, but NO is the early call

Tough start for Rahil - 11 runs in one over. Bowled gentle medium-pace, no movement

End of over 3 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 30/0 (136 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 8.00)

    • G Gambhir 21 (12b 4x4)
    • DA Warner 9 (6b 1x4)
    • RA Shaikh 1-0-11-0
    • DS Kulkarni 1-0-11-0

Kulkarni to Warner, SIX, and he has prodded it for a six! Literally. Walks down the track, turns it into a length delivery, and frees his arms. No follow-through. Just a check loft, over long-on


Kulkarni to Warner, no run, length ball, makes room, and smashes it back to the bowler


Kulkarni to Warner, OUT, gone, what a way to go, amde room again, threw his bat at it - literally - as it came out of his hand and flew towards fine leg. No one catches the bat, but the ball flies off the splice towards extra cover where Ashraful takes a simple catch

DA Warner c Mohammad Ashraful b Kulkarni 15 (9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 166.66

Sehwag in


Kulkarni to Gambhir, no run, beats Gambhir with a ball angled across his body. He can't walk down because the keeper is up


Kulkarni to Gambhir, FOUR, perfect cover-drive, length ball, angling across, he leans in and presents it the face of the bat, beats the cover field. Beautiful shot


Kulkarni to Gambhir, 1 run, short, angling across, cut away, point fumbles and they come through for one

End of over 4 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 41/1 (125 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.25, RRR: 7.81)

    • G Gambhir 26 (15b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 0 (0b)
    • DS Kulkarni 2-0-22-1
    • RA Shaikh 1-0-11-0

Malinga is back


Malinga to Gambhir, no run, short, angling across, Gambhir opens his face on it, but can't beat point


Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball, on the stumps, swinging in, and played down to mid-on for one


Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, full, on the pads, and flicked away towards deep backward square, Sehwag off the mark


Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, thrown wide outside off, and played down to third man for one


Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length, wide, Sehwag plays off the front foot, in the air, but gets it wide of point


Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball, 126ks, full on the pads, and flicked away to deep backward square

End of over 5 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 46/1 (120 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 9.20, RRR: 8.00)

    • G Gambhir 29 (19b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 2 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-13-0
    • DS Kulkarni 2-0-22-1

Kulkarni to Gambhir, 1 run, short, angling away, and dabbed away towards point for one

a slip in for Sehwag - third man and deep backward square two me out


Kulkarni to Sehwag, FOUR, length ball, Sehwag stands tall and goes over midwicket - safe shot, although it goes way up in the air, lands safely and rolls into the boundary


Kulkarni to Sehwag, FOUR, this is more convincing, back of a lnegth, outside off, Sehwag stands tall again, and crashes it through the covers


Kulkarni to Sehwag, no run, that's better bowling, fuller, angling into the stumps, and defended in front of off stump


Kulkarni to Sehwag, FOUR, another four, he is getting stuck into Kulkarni, full, into the pads, Sehwag obliges, goes midwicket, in the air, easy four runs


Kulkarni to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, cut away to third man, end of an expensive over

End of over 6 (14 runs) Delhi Daredevils 60/1 (106 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 7.57)

    • V Sehwag 15 (7b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 30 (20b 5x4)
    • DS Kulkarni 3-0-36-1
    • SL Malinga 2-0-13-0

Sixty for 1 at the end of Powerplay. More importantly Sehwag looks in good touch

Harbhajan to bowl


Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, no run, thrown up, just outside off, and defended by Sehwag. Surprising


Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, makes room and cuts from in front of middle stump for one to sweeper-cover


Harbhajan Singh to Gambhir, no run, sharp offbreak, flat, beats a poke from Gambhir outside off


Harbhajan Singh to Gambhir, 1 run, overspinner, Gambhir drops and runs, Rahane runs in quickly from cover, but fails to collect before he throws, else this would have been interesting


Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, full, into the pads, and dabbed towards midwicket for one


Harbhajan Singh to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir looks to cut from just outside off, the ball gets a bit big on him and he ends up playing towards cover as opposed to point

End of over 7 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 63/1 (103 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 7.92)

    • G Gambhir 31 (23b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 17 (10b 3x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-3-0
    • DS Kulkarni 3-0-36-1

Nayar to bowl


Nayar to Sehwag, 2 runs, bowls a half-volley outside off, Sehwag goes for too much power, it goes off the splice of the bat and clears extra cover


Nayar to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, and swatted away towards long-on


Nayar to Gambhir, FOUR, smart batting, there is no fine leg, so he waits on a short delivery, and just turns it around the corner, four easy runs


Nayar to Gambhir, 2 runs, goes fine leg again, not much power this time, but ordinary bowling given there is no fine leg, this one too was pitched outside leg


Nayar to Gambhir, no run, slower, fuller, on the off stump, played back to the bowler


Nayar to Gambhir, no run, leading edge as Gambhir looks to turn it to leg too early, but it doesn't carry to Nayar

End of over 8 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 72/1 (94 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 7.83)

    • G Gambhir 37 (27b 6x4)
    • V Sehwag 20 (12b 3x4)
    • AM Nayar 1-0-9-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-3-0

Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, thrown up, length ball, turning in towards off stump, and played towards an open face


Harbhajan Singh to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir tries two shots and connects on none, first the paddle, but Harbhajan bowls it wide of off, then he looks to run it down and misses


Harbhajan Singh to Gambhir, 1 run, steps out, gets to the pitch, and hits down to long-on


Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, that is risky, backing away to hit a ball pitched off, turning in, and is eventually cramped up and gets an underside edge


Harbhajan Singh to Gambhir, 2 runs, good shot, good running, turned away softly between deep backward square and midwicket, and they run two


Harbhajan Singh to Gambhir, no run, thrown up on off stump, turning away sharply, and left alone

End of over 9 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 77/1 (89 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.55, RRR: 8.09)

    • G Gambhir 40 (31b 6x4)
    • V Sehwag 22 (14b 3x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-8-0
    • AM Nayar 1-0-9-0

Nayar to Sehwag, SIX, superb shot, gentle half-volley, and lofted straight over his head, flat and fast too, clearing the boundary easily, just stands and admires the shot


Nayar to Sehwag, 1 run, angled into the pads, and turned away wide of midwicket


Nayar to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on the pads, and defended back to the bowler


Nayar to Gambhir, FOUR, poor bowling, short, on the pads, and Gambhir rocks back and pulls it to deep midwicket


Nayar to Gambhir, 1 run, quick single, played straight towards midwicket in the circle


Nayar to Sehwag, FOUR, no fault of Nayar's this time, this is brilliance, it was back of a length, outside off, Sehwag takes a half-step forward, and pulls it, bisecting long-on and deep midwicket

Break time folks. And danger signs for the other three survivors in this competition. Sehwag and Gambhir are looking good again. Let's see in 450 seconds how they go about the rest of the chase, which they have made look easy by now.

End of over 10 (16 runs) Delhi Daredevils 93/1 (73 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.30, RRR: 7.30)

    • V Sehwag 33 (17b 4x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 45 (34b 7x4)
    • AM Nayar 2-0-25-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-8-0

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, turned to square leg


Jayasuriya to Sehwag, no run, makes room and chops it back to the bowler, he was looking to work it to the on side


Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 5 wides, slides it wide down the leg side and it beats the keeper and runs away to fine leg


Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 2 runs, down the leg side again, he paddles it to fine leg


Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 wide, he shuffles across his stumps and withdraws the shot, decides to let it go down the leg side


Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, chips down the track and lofts him inside out to deep extra cover


Jayasuriya to Gambhir, no run, makes room and slaps it straight to cover


Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, he clips it off his pads to fine leg

End of over 11 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 104/1 (62 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 9.45, RRR: 6.88)

    • G Gambhir 47 (37b 7x4)
    • V Sehwag 36 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-11-0
    • AM Nayar 2-0-25-0

Malinga is back


Malinga to Gambhir, OUT, starts off with a slower ball, Gambhir sees it, steps down, but it's the off cutter, takes the thick edge, and the ball skied between keeper and third man, both the fielders converging, Ashraful running in calls for it, and takes a good diving catch, avoiding Pinal Shah

G Gambhir c Mohammad Ashraful b Malinga 47 (38b 7x4 0x6) SR: 123.68

Dilshan new man, and Sehwag to face


Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, gets it to get big from back of a length, Sehwag stands tall, and plays it down towards fine leg


Malinga to Dilshan, 1 wide, full, goes for the yorker, and fires it down the leg side


Malinga to Dilshan, 2 runs, overpitched, outside off, driven powerfully, Rahane at point gets a hand to it, and saves four


Malinga to Dilshan, SIX, lovely hook shot, it's a touch slower, 137ks, that means Dilshan gets the timing right, and clears deep backward square easily


Malinga to Dilshan, no run, slower short ball, and Dilshan is too early into the pull


Malinga to Dilshan, no run, full, goes for the yorker, but it's too full, but too fast too, and is played towards midwicket

End of over 12 (10 runs) Delhi Daredevils 114/2 (52 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 9.50, RRR: 6.50)

    • TM Dilshan 8 (4b 1x6)
    • V Sehwag 37 (21b 4x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-23-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-11-0

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, FOUR, lovely shot, perfect, this is a half-volley on off stump, Sehwag makes room and clears extra cover easily, inside-out and on the mark

over the wicket now


Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, fired into the pads, Sehwag goes for the reverse sweep, lucky it doesn't carry to point


Jayasuriya to Dilshan, 1 run, continues over the wicket, and Dilshan dabs it towards cover for one


Jayasuriya to Sehwag, SIX, Sehwag looks unstoppable bow, steps down, Jayasuriya pulls the length back, Sehwag is nowhere near it, still goes with the shot, straight, and clears long-on with ease


Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, fired into the pads, and played down to long-on


Jayasuriya to Dilshan, 1 run, thrown up, on the stumps, and played for an easy single towards long-off

End of over 13 (14 runs) Delhi Daredevils 128/2 (38 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 9.84, RRR: 5.42)

    • TM Dilshan 10 (6b 1x6)
    • V Sehwag 49 (25b 5x4 2x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-25-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-23-1

Malinga is having to finish his spell


Malinga to Dilshan, SIX, faster they come, faster they go, goes for the yorker, but it's a fulltoss, and what timing for Dislhan, no back lift, just a flick of the wrists, and clears deep backward square


Malinga to Dilshan, no run, gets the yorker right this time, dot ball into the covers


Malinga to Dilshan, no run, slower ball, outside off, yorker still, and beats Dilshan


Malinga to Dilshan, no run, another slower ball, length ball, and played towards midwicket, another dot


Malinga to Dilshan, 1 no ball, no-ball, free-hit time... was well bowled though, swinging away and beating Dilshan outside off


Malinga to Dilshan, FOUR, goes for the yorker, but it's a low fulltoss again, Dilshan clears the front leg, hits down the ground, and beats mid-on easily


Malinga to Dilshan, FOUR, slower ball, and Dilshan clears his leg and goes down the ground again, beats wide long-off easily, and we are cantering towards an end

End of over 14 (15 runs) Delhi Daredevils 143/2 (23 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 10.21, RRR: 3.83)

    • TM Dilshan 24 (13b 2x4 2x6)
    • V Sehwag 49 (25b 5x4 2x6)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-38-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-25-0

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Harbhajan is back


Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, 1 run, dropped, short and smashed back the bowler, Harbhajan stretches his hand out, but it doesn't stick. Sehwag gets to his fifty


Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, OUT, gets a wicket now, thrown up, the doosra, Dilshan goes for the slog-sweep, goes too square, and gets the top edge, a skier is well held by Pinal

TM Dilshan c †Shah b Harbhajan Singh 24 (14b 2x4 2x6) SR: 171.42


Harbhajan Singh to Sehwag, OUT, that's two big wickets in two balls, the topspinner beats Sehwag, who doesn't pick it, is late into the shot, and plays inside the line. The off stump goes for a walk, Harbhajan is on a hat-trick

V Sehwag b Harbhajan Singh 50 (27b 5x4 2x6) SR: 185.18

AB to face the hat-trick ball, slip, silly point, and leg slip in


Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, that's close, spinning in sharply towards the middle stump, and Ab gets his bat down in time, playing it towards square leg


Harbhajan Singh to Bhatia, no run, big shout, superbly bowled again, the topspinner again, beats Bhatia's outside edge, all the close-in fielders go up, and Harbhajan thinks he has got him, but there is daylight between bat and ball, replays show


Harbhajan Singh to Bhatia, 1 run, thrown up, slower, turned away into the leg side

End of over 15 (3 runs) Delhi Daredevils 146/4 (20 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 9.73, RRR: 4.00)

    • R Bhatia 1 (2b)
    • AB de Villiers 1 (1b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-11-2
    • SL Malinga 4-0-38-1

20 to get in the last five overs. Mumbai Indians need a repeat of the last over. Like now.

Duminy to bowl


Duminy to Bhatia, 1 run, thrown up outside off, and driven straight down the ground

a slip and a leg slip in


Duminy to de Villiers, no run, floated in, short, and played towards midwicket


Duminy to de Villiers, 1 run, thrown up now, gets across and chips it into the leg side


Duminy to Bhatia, no run, hurries him up with a quicker one, and played back towards the bowler


Duminy to Bhatia, no run, tosses it up, and played straight to mid-on


Duminy to Bhatia, no run, another flighted delivery, and almost runs AB out, Bhatia doesn't go for the run because it has gone straight to extra cover, where Dhawal doesn't pick up the ball cleanly and AB is back. Decisive moment?

End of over 16 (2 runs) Delhi Daredevils 148/4 (18 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.25, RRR: 4.50)

    • R Bhatia 2 (6b)
    • AB de Villiers 2 (3b)
    • JP Duminy 1-0-2-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-11-2

18 off 24, two tight overs. Interesting? Hmmm

Harbhajan bowling with a Test field


Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, If that missed run-out wasn't the decisive moment this one surely is? Gets an edge with a topspinner again, it flies between keeper and slip, Rahane standing too wide


Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 wide, and throws it up now, and turns it down the leg side


Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, full and straight, and defended back to the bowler


Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, OUT, and he has chipped it straight to deep midwicket, are we in for another thriller? this one was thrown up on the off stump, AB went for the impulsive chip, connecting it too well and the ball carries to the Nayar

AB de Villiers c Nayar b Harbhajan Singh 6 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

What are we up to? Three quick wickets, 13 still required. Karthik comes in. Bhatia to face


Harbhajan Singh to Bhatia, OUT, Harbhajan is on a hat-trick again! Delhi are falling apart. Big offbreak, and goes through the big gate between bat and pad. Expecting a doosra perhaps? In the end he defends outside the line and presents the stumps wide open.

R Bhatia b Harbhajan Singh 2 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Mishra, who took a hat-trick last year, has to deny Harbhajan one now.

This may as well be a Test match - a slip, a gully, a leg slip, a silly point


Harbhajan Singh to Mishra, 1 run, throws it up, a bit too short, outside off, and played down towards mid-on for one


Harbhajan Singh to Karthik, no run, superb over, thrown up again, around the off stump, and Karthik defends off the back foot. Harbhajan has turned the game around, but not enough perhaps. Malinga has been bowled out

End of over 17 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 154/6 (12 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.05, RRR: 4.00)

    • KD Karthik 0 (1b)
    • A Mishra 1 (1b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-17-4
    • JP Duminy 1-0-2-0

12 required in three overs. Duminy to bowl - slip and leg gully


Duminy to Mishra, 2 runs, thrown up, chipped over midwicket coolly for two


Duminy to Mishra, FOUR, that should end it, too short, Mishra, looking to step down, stays back, and has a wide off-side field to choose from, goes cover and finds the gap


Duminy to Mishra, SIX, Mishra has finished it as if nothing has happened in the last three overs, steps down, gets to the pitch, and chips it over midwicket for a big six - no power, all timing. Thanks for coming Mumbai

Presentation time:

Last words from Sachin Tendulkar this IPL: "We batted well, but the bowling was not up to the mark. Credit to Gauti and Viru, whose strokeplay turned the whole game. We have been good with the ball in the tournament, so over all I wouldn't blame the bowlers."

Virender Sehwag: I am pretty happy with my performance. I knew a good innings was around the corner. We have given everybody opportunities to play in this IPL, they have all done well. We are looking forward to the semis, I have got back in form, so it's good for my team.

Sehwag is also the Man of the Match. See you Viru in the semis. See you Sachin next year. Okay bye

** So Delhi stumbled a bit in face of Harbhajan, but perhaps Sehwag and Gambhir had done enough by then. The last game for Mumbai ends in disappointment. And Sehwag seems to have come back to form. It has gone all right for Delhi today, they will be playing tomorrow again. Against one of the two teams who play tonight - Bangalore Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers.






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