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IPL 2014 – DD vs MI: DD Hand MI Their Fourth Loss

By on April 27, 2014

Delhi Daredevils 126 for 4 (Vijay 40, Malinga 2-17) beat Mumbai Indians 125 for 6 (Pollard 33, Unadkat 2-29) by six wickets…

The trend of low-scoring matches continued in game one of Sunday’s double-header Sharjah finale as Delhi Daredevils got back to winning ways with a six-wicket chase over Mumbai Indians. Victory was set up by their bowlers, after Rohit Sharma decided to bat on a scorching afternoon, who kept MI to 125 for 6, allowing the batsmen to chase at a comfortable pace despite the sapping heat. It was the defending champions’ fourth loss in a row.

IPL 2014 - DD vs MI: Murali VijayMI won a good toss but failed to utilise it, losing four wickets in nine overs that left too much for an out-of-form Michael Hussey and Kieron Pollard to do.

The main problem yet again was the top order failing to produce a start that could set up a late surge. Following opening partnerships of 24, 20 and 11, the team hit a new opening pair of Rohit and Aditya Tare managed just 10 before the captain was run out for four by Mohammed Shami in the second over.

From here a stop-start innings unfolded. Tare (8) and Corey Anderson (13) both found deep-midwicket on pulls off Parnell and Jaydev Unadkat, and then off the last ball of the ninth over Ambati Rayudu (14 off 21) chipped out and lofted Shahbaz Nadeem to long-on. At the halfway mark, MI were 49 for 4.

That left the team’s two overseas stars, Hussey and Pollard, to attempt a recovery while ensuring the run rate didn’t dip to crawl. Neither was fluent – many balls dribbled to fielders, hard-handed cuts and pulls chopped in to the ground and there were plenty of lbw appeals – and this allowed DD to maintain their grasp on proceedings. Parnell conceded just 11 runs of his first three overs, hitting a nagging line and not offering room (he bowled a whopping 12 dot balls), while left-arm spinner Nadeem wheeled away 18 deliveries for 13 runs.

Unadkat’s return for the 14th over ended Hussey’s woeful innings (10 off 18) as the veteran left-hand batsman played all over a clever slow yorker to make it 63 for 5. There were only five fours in the first 15.5 overs, before Pollard thumped a six over long-on to take the score to 80 for 5 after 16. Some improvisation from CM Gautam (22 off 18) and two sixes to Harbhajan Singh in the last over got the total to 125. Pollard remained not out on 33 off 30 balls, with two fours and two sixes.

A target of 126 meant that MI had to strike quickly to have any chance of a successful defence but by the time Anderson lured an off-key Quinton de Kock to slice a cut to point where Hussey held a superb catch to his left, Daredevils had 34 on board in the seventh over. The impressive Harbhajan bowled his quota for 23 runs and Lasith Malinga was seen off for two quiet overs, as Murali Vijay emphasized how crucial his presence at the top can be for any team with a sensible innings. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad two nights ago, Vijay had batted aggressively because Daredevils were chasing 185 but today the slowness of the pitch made him watchful. He got to 40 before slogging at Rohit and losing his stumps.

That brought in Kevin Pietersen, who hit Rohit out of the attack with a six and two fours down the ground off successive deliveries. Just when it seemed like he and JP Duminy would steer DD to a facile win, Malinga came back to bowl the 16th over and dismissed the latter and Dinesh Karthik in the space of three balls. Fortunately for DD, Pietersen kept his cool and in the company of Kedar Jadhav (14* off 10) finished the job with an unbeaten 26.

Source: gocricket

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