50th match (N), Delhi, May 24 2008, Indian Premier League
(19.5/20 ov, target 177)179/5
Daredevils won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Player Of The Match
56* (32)
• The Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Karthik fifty gives Delhi renewed hope

Dinesh Karthik and the Delhi Daredevils' misfiring middle-order came good when it mattered to clinch a thrilling five-wicket victory to keep their semi-finals hopes alive

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Scorecard summary
Mumbai Indians176/8(20 overs)
Delhi Daredevils179/5(19.5 overs)

Dinesh Karthik's heroics, and Maharoof's towards the end, have given Delhi a shot at the semi-finals. Things started slipping after the fourth wicket fell at the tenth over. After two wickets fell off successive deliveries, Karthik went on the attack and starred in two 40-plus stands to take Delhi home. Maharoof played another ice-cool innings under pressure and he's emerged as one the tournament's leading allrounders. The real winner today was Karthik. After under achieving with the bat despite getting several opportunities, he picked the right moment to play a match-winning innings. Do join us for the post match presentation.

Tendulkar: "All credit to Karthik. We were off to a good start. We discussed a score of 200-210 but we lost momentum in the middle. We lifted ourselves in the middle of the tournament and we can do it again. Thanks to the crowd for supporting us. If we reach the semi-finals, we hope you will all come to Mumbai."

Sehwag: "Full credit to Karthik and all the boys. Ashish Nehra bowled a good ball and got me out. I sent a message to the rest in the middle of the innings and wanted one guy at least to bat till the end."

Dinesh Karthik is the Man of the Match: "It was a great team effort. I'm happy my form came at the right time. I thought if we can get a boundary an over we can get there. I wanted to tell Tiwary to go for the boundaries instead of risking singles but I don't think he heard me. Maharoof was fantastic."

I've been vilified left and right for an unfortunate typo. All changed. It was an honest mistake. Apologies.

Delhi are the first team to play out all 14 games and they're now third in the points table. They aren't in the semis yet. Chennai and Mumbai could still go through. Chennai need to win their next game to seal their spot while Mumbai have to win their next two. Period. If one of these two teams fail in their mission, Delhi go through. So all that's left for Delhi is to wait and watch. This victory has only made the tournament more interesting.

Thanks for joining us today. Thanks for the mails and timely reminders! Two games tomorrow. The cricket never stops. Cheers!

Nehra to Maharoof, FOUR runs

Everyone in the dugout rush onto the field! Nehra keeps it on the stumps and Maharoof takes the risk of backing away and slicing it hard square of the wicket on the offside, there was enough power on that to beat the fielder who tried to boot it away, had he intercepted it the batsmen would have taken two comfortably

2 off 2. The Mumbai thinktank get together

Nehra to Maharoof, FOUR runs

if only you could hear the crowd! Nehra overpitches on the pads, he makes room and lofts through the line and almost clears the deep midwicket rope

Nehra to Maharoof, no run

this is getting more tense here! He makes room to slice through the offside but he misses, good bowling by Nehra

6 off 4, sudden tension sets in

Nehra to Karthik, 1 run

fires a yorker length delivery on off and middle, he drives past the bowler but it's only a single to long-off

There's a brief holdup in play. Karthik's exhausted. Perhaps the excitement has got to him.

Nehra to Maharoof, 1 run

takes a couple of paces down the track and lofts it towards long-off

end of over 198 runs
DC: 169/5CRR: 8.89 RRR: 8.00
Dinesh Karthik55 (31)
Farveez Maharoof11 (9)
Andre Nel 3-0-31-1
Sanath Jayasuriya 4-0-35-0
Nel to Karthik, no run

makes room to slice through the offside, he misses

Nel to Karthik, 2 runs

takes the aerial route over extra cover this time and the ball lands safe in the middle of the outfield

Nel to Karthik, no run

bangs it in short this time, Karthik makes room and attempts the upper cut but it doesn't come off

Nel to Karthik, no run

beats him this time, there was width outside off but he missed the glance completely

Nel to Karthik, SIX runs

shot! Nel bowls it full and straight, Karthik stays at the crease and scoops it elegantly offering the full face of the bat, that's a straight six to cherish, and that's his fifty as well

Nel to Karthik, no run

Nel returns for his last over, he bowls it full outside off and he pushes it softly to extra cover

16 off 12

end of over 189 runs
DC: 161/5CRR: 8.94 RRR: 8.00
Dinesh Karthik47 (25)
Farveez Maharoof11 (9)
Sanath Jayasuriya 4-0-35-0
Dhawal Kulkarni 3-0-26-0
Jayasuriya to Karthik, 1 run

pushed wide of point

Jayasuriya to Maharoof, 1 run
Jayasuriya to Karthik, 1 run

gets forward and pushes it wide of cover

Jayasuriya to Karthik, FOUR runs

he gets better and better! Karthik takes a couple of paces down the track and picks it of his pads, he scoops it over midwicket and Nehra dives in despair to cut it off

Jayasuriya to Maharoof, 1 run

he makes room and cuts with the turn to sweeper cover

Karthik's finally playing to his potential

Jayasuriya to Karthik, 1 run

gets big turn outside off, he makes room and cuts hard square of the wicket

end of over 1715 runs
DC: 152/5CRR: 8.94 RRR: 8.33
Farveez Maharoof9 (7)
Dinesh Karthik40 (21)
Dhawal Kulkarni 3-0-26-0
Ashish Nehra 3-0-20-1
Kulkarni to Maharoof, FOUR runs

shot! He makes room and creams a fullish delivery past extra cover, Uthappa appears to have it covered but the ball just sneaks past him as he dives, not the best day in the field for all the Mumbai players really, Delhi should win this from here

Kulkarni to Maharoof, no run

makes room to biff it past the bowler but he misses it this time

Kulkarni to Maharoof, no run

adjusts the line closer to the batsman, he makes room and mistimes it back to the bowler

Best performances - batters
Sanath Jayasuriya portrait
ST Jayasuriya MI
66 runs (42)
6 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
23 runs
3 fours
1 six
Dinesh Karthik portrait
KD Karthik DC
56 runs (32)
4 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
25 runs
1 four
2 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Yo Mahesh player profile
VY Mahesh DC
Dwayne Smith profile photo
DR Smith MI
Match details
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
TossDelhi Daredevils, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Player Of The Match
Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00
Match days24 May 2008 - night (20-over match)
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Billy Bowden
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Krishna Hariharan
TV Umpire
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Brian Jerling
Match Referee
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Clive Lloyd
PointsDelhi Daredevils 2, Mumbai Indians 0