The fizz out
It was billed as a fantasy league-type opening partnership, but the "Pondulkar" didn't fire once again. Ricky Ponting holed out at mid-off in the first over before Sachin Tendulkar fell a long way short of the crease, unable to beat Mahela Jayawardene's throw from mid-off in the next over. Two batting legends out in the space of four balls, and the hype took a backseat
but you can't keep legends away from the action for too long. Off the first ball of Delhi Daredevils' chase, Ponting slung himself full-length to his right to pluck a superb take off Unmukt Chand's top-edge. The bowler was Harbhajan Singh, Ponting's scourge in many a battle over the past decade. The hug to celebrate the catch was a spinmeister's fantasy fulfilled.
Rohit Sharma brings out the odd clich from commentators, but he played to his talented tag perfectly. As he took the Mumbai innings towards the final over, there was the inevitability that he would finally open up his shoulders. After two sixes, he rocked back and pulled Nehra over square-leg off the last ball, effortlessly. It looked great, and it was a nice way to yank momentum from Delhi's hands.
David Warner started off slowly, like Dinesh Karthik, before he began finding the boundaries. By the 10th over, though, the sixes started to come in and Daredevils were ahead of Mumbai. But soon after hitting 11 off three balls off Mitchell Johnson, Warner holed out to Ambati Rayudu at deep point. It shrunk the visitors' chances of pulling off a famous run chase, as they quickly lost their way thereafter.