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Mumbai Indians hit rock bottom after Delhi Daredevils defeat
April 24, 2015, 3:21 pm

An impressive all-round display helped Delhi Daredevils overpower Mumbai Indians by 37 runs in the Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here on Thursday.

Chasing a formidable target of 191, Mumbai managed only 153 for nine.

With the win, the Daredevils went to six points from six matches, occupying fourth spot in the table.

The win also broke Delhi’s nine-match home losing streak.

Mumbai succumbed to their fifth loss in six matches to drop to last spot in the standings.

Mumbai’s chase started encouragingly through Lendl Simmons (15) and Parthiv Patel (28). But just when they were looking to increase the run rate, Simmons departed in the fifth over.

To make matters worse, Patel also went back to the pavilion, caught by South African Imran Tahir in the deep off the bowling of Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews.

With both the openers back in the hut, the momentum of Mumbai’s batting vanished.

Leg spinner Amit Mishra inflicted further damage when he claimed the wickets of Unmukt Chand (14) and the dangerous West Indian Kieron Pollard (10) to reduce Mumbai to 82 for four in 10.2 overs.

Just as it seemed that Mumbai were losing their grip, skipper Rohit Sharma (30) and Ambati Rayadu (30) forged a 49-run fifth-wicket partnership to resurrect the run chase, helping them reach 131 for five.

But an ever-increasing asking rate meant they had to attempt big shots, which accounted for the wicket of Rohit in the 16th over.

His dismissal triggered a collapse as Mumbai lost three more wickets in IPL leading wicket taker Tahir’s next over, with Hardik Pandya (0), Rayadu and McClenaghan (0) all falling, as good as sealing the Indians’ fate.

Earlier, a superlative batting display from Shreyas Iyer (83) and skipper JP Duminy (78 not out) helped Delhi post a strong 190 for four.

The left hand-right hand combination of Iyer and Duminy batted authoritatively to put together a 154-run second-wicket partnership (off 97 balls) to lift the home team’s morale after Mumbai won the toss and sent them into bat.

They got an early reward when New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan dismissed Mayank Agarwal (1) off the third ball of the Daredevils innings.

But that was the only joy for Mumbai as Iyer and Duminy controlled the proceedings from there on.

They set the tone for the Daredevils batting, mixing caution with aggression.

Iyer was dismissed while trying to increase the run rate in the 17th over. He hit seven fours and six sixes during his 56-ball stay.

After Iyer’s departure, Duminy took over the mantle of fast run-scoring. He was ably supported in the endeavour by Mathews (17 off 8 balls).

But Mathews’ wicket, edging a McClenaghan delivery to wicketkeeper Partiv Patel in the 18th over, jolted their big hitting aspirations.

Duminy still managed to pull Daredevils to their highest total in the tournament so far, hitting three fours and six huge sixes.



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