Daredevils humiliates Mumbai Indians
Chasing 93, Delhi Daredevils cruised to a win in 14.5 overs to beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in Match 19 of IPL 5 and climb to the top of the points table.
The battle of the heavyweights in this IPL degenerated into a one-sided contest at the Wankhede Stadium, as the Mumbai Indians’ top and middle orders imploded against some attacking bowling from Delhi Daredevils. The implosion was partly forced, partly self-inflicted, and left the visitors chasing the lowest target this IPL season, one they achieved with ease.
Another 20 to 25 runs more would’ve allowed Mumbai to script another story. But right from the time they lost the toss and were put in to bat first, the hosts stayed buckled under the impressive watch of Delhi pacers and an astute skipper in Virender Sehwag.
Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner, has proved effective this season with economical figures and he continued the good work against the Mumbai openers, bowling flat and sticking to a tight line. Nadeem owed some of his success today to Irfan Pathan, who tied down Davy Jacobs at one end, bowling a maiden and it was a matter of time before the opener tried to break through. He swung hard but was bowled by Nadeem to be dismissed for a 10-ball duck, and Richard Levi followed in almost identical fashion against Nadeem eight balls later.
Without Sachin Tendulkar at the helm, Mumbai’s batting has looked desperate, trying the sort of things that Tendulkar would’ve restrained them from.
The idea has been to hit every second ball out of the stadium in conditions where lofting it over the 30-yard circle could be a problem. The wicket was slow, the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat, but none of the Mumbai players seemed intent on hanging in there and figuring out what it all meant.