A swashbuckling 135 runs stand between skipper Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene for the first wicket helped Delhi Daredevils to set a gigantic 208 runs target before Mumbai Indians. Sehwag blasted 73 off 39 deliveries and added 135 runs with Mahela Jayawardene (55 off 42 balls) as Mumbai Indian bowlers were sent on a leather hunt.
Sehwag was in his usual destructive best as he smacked four huge sixes and eight boundaries in his 39-ball blitzkrieg. Delhi lost Jayawardene after he added quick-fire 135 runs with Sehwag for the opening wicket. Peterson gave Mumbai a crucial breakthrough when he removed Jayawardene.Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene slammed half century apiece. Sehwag’s 50 came off just 30 deliveries with the help of five boundaries and three maximums while Jayawardene took 39 balls to reach his half century. The duo put the team’s total in three digits in just 10.4 overs.
Delhi Daredevils lost their three wickets in quick succession after a brilliant start. Robin Peterson came with a fiery spell and claimed all three Delhi wickets to halt the Daredevils run charge.Peterson dismissed Irfan Pathan (0) and Virender Sehwag (73) in the 16th over after he removed Mahela Jayawardene (55) in his previous over.KevinPietersen didn’t take much to get into the groove as he hit a couple boundaries and a big six over long-off. Pietersen smashed an unbeaten 50 with six fours and three sixes to provide finishing touches to the hosts’ innings.
Chasing a massive 208-run target, Mumbai Indians lost three top-order batsmen inside 4 overs, Left-arm swing bowler Irfan Pathan gave Delhi early breakthrough when he dismissed Mumbai opener Aiden Blizzard in the very first over without any run on the board.Irfan Pathan dismissed Rohit Sharma (12) in the fourth over to reduce Mumbai to 19/3 in 3.1 overs. Rohit hit a six and a four in his 6-ball short stay on the pitch. Pacer Morne Morkel scalped the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (7) in his first over to put Delhi in the front early in the Mumbai innings.
Mumbai Indians lost Dinesh Karthik (40) after he added valuable 96-run stand with Ambati Rayudu to revive Mumbai innings. Nadeem struck two consecutive blows of good looking Rayudu and Pollard; put Mumbai off track towards win.
Delhi had smashed Mumbai away, and now they’ve smashed them at home. A 38-run victory is a huge win. Very little went right for Mumbai after they won the toss and chose to bat. Sehwag, Mahela and KP scored fifties to take Delhi past 200, and when Mumbai lost three wickets for a song, the game was all but done. Rayudu and Karthik revived the chase for a while, but Nadeem’s double strike, dismissing Rayudu and Pollard in consecutive balls, finished the game.