Fri, 27 Apr 2012 23:54:10 GMT

Daredevils defeat Mumbai by 37 runs

Delhi: Led by skipper Virender Sehwag's 73, Mahela Jayawardene's 55 and Kevin Pietersen's 26-ball-50, Delhi Daredevils defeated Mumbai Indians by a convincing margin of 37 runs.

Daredevils defeat Mumbai by 37 runs

Chasing a massive target of 208 runs, Mumbai was off to a terrible start losing opener Aiden Blizzard on the third ball of the first over from Irfan Pathan. Mumbai received two more jolts as Sachin Tendulkar(7) and Rohit Sharma(12) fell in two consecutive overs. Morne Morkel sent back Sachin while Pathan picked his second wicket in Sharma.

Struggling at 19 for 3, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik joined forces to stage a recovery. The duo added 96 runs for the fourth wicket, before Karthik was clean bowled by Ajit Agarkar for 40 runs.

Rayudu went past fifty and till the time he was in the middle, Mumbai harbored hopes of a comeback. But left-arm, Shahbaz Nadeem bowled a fabulous 16th over in which he first removed Rayudu(62), and then Pollard in two consecutive balls. Once the two elite Mumbai batsmen were sent back, Mumbai's fate was sealed.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag (73) pulverized Mumbai Indian bowlers in company of Mahela Jayawardene (55) as Delhi Daredevils posted an imposing 207 for five in an Indian Premier League match, here today.

Sehwag blasted 73 off only 39 deliveries and added 135 runs with Mahela Jayawardene (55 off 42 balls) as Mumbai Indian bowlers were sent on a leatherhunt.

Kevin Pietersen smashed an unbeaten 50 with six fours and three sixes to provide finishing touches to the hosts innings.

It was contrasting styles from two of the modern day greats. While Sehwag made a mockery of the opposition bowlers with his power-hitting, Jayawardene was more intent on caressing the ball to the boundary.

Not to forget Pietersen who scored a 50 off only 26 balls and added 41 runs in only 2.4 overs with Ross Taylor (15) as Daredevils crossed 200-run mark.

The onslaught started in the third over when Jayawardene decided to launch into Malinga hitting him for three boundaries. A lofted shot over mid-wicket, followed by one past backward square followed by square cut.

In the next over, Jayawardene hit a copybook cover drive and Daredevils were off the blocks. Sehwag who kept quiet after his first boundary then slashed RP Singh over point and lofted him for a straight six - his first of the innings.

A flurry of boundaries followed but the India opener was lucky when Dinesh Karthik missed a easy stumping chance off Robin Peterson bowling.

This was immediately after Sehwag went inside out to hit the left-arm spinner for a big six over long-on.

Sehwag's half century and team's 100 came in the 11th over where Kieron Pollard was taken apart for 23 runs which included two fours and two sixes by Sehwag.

His 50 came off 30 balls when he blasted Pollard for a huge six over deep mid-wicket.

Jayawardene was also not the one to be left behind as he placed the balls between the gaps behind square, played reverse sweep.

His first half-century of this edition came off 39 deliveries with seven hits. Immediately after reaching 50, he slogged Malinga for another boundary.

Malinga certainly didn't look to have fully recovered from his back spasms as he wasn't able to exert himself fully during the first two spells.

Jayawardene finally perished trying a reverse sweep off Peterson to be caught at point by Rohit Sharma. The duo added 135 runs for the first wicket which is the highest opening partnership for this edition.

MI received a setback when Kieron Pollard sustained a shoulder injury in the 13th over while trying to go for an impossible catch only to land on his shoulder. He left the field and was in considerable pain.

In-form Pietersen didn't take much to get into the groove as he hit a couple boundaries and a big six over long-off.

With Ross Taylor for company, the two took apart the MI bowlers in the slog overs Sehwag's punishing knock came to an end when he tried to hoick Peterson in pursuit of his fifth six only to be holed out at deep extra-cover.

His innings consisted of eight boundaries and four sixes.

Source: PTI

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