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IPL 2016 – DD vs MI: Daredevils’ Bowlers Deliver Thrilling Win

By on April 24, 2016

Delhi Daredevils 164 for 4 (Samson 60, Duminy 49*, McClenaghan 2-31) beat Mumbai Indians 154 for 7 (Rohit 65, K Pandya 36, Mishra 2-24) by 10 runs…

Delhi Daredevils defended 164 against Mumbai Indians and secured a hat-trick of wins for the first time since IPL 2012. They became the second team, after Royal Challengers Bangalore, to defend a total in IPL 2016.

Mumbai appeared to be cruising in the early part of their chase, but legspinners Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir strangled them in the middle overs, before seamers Zaheer Khan and Chris Morris fired inch-perfect yorkers to seal Daredevils’ tense 10-run victory.

Mumbai still had a chance when the equation was 42 off 18 with Kieron Pollard on 8 and Rohit Sharma on 50. Morris, coming back for his third spell, conceded ten runs in the 18th over and Zaheer followed it with the wicket of Pollard to leave Morris with 20 to defend off the final over.

IPL 2016 - DD vs MI: Sanju Samson

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Hardik Pandya slapped the first ball to long-off and Rohit gave Mumbai hope by clouting the second ball for six. A ball later, when scampering back for a second run, Rohit collided with Hardik near the middle of the pitch and was run out. Mumbai also had to bear the anxiety of Rohit being helped off the field by the physio. Morris trapped Harbhajan Singh lbw the next ball and consigned Mumbai to their fourth loss in six matches.

Mumbai, however, had started brightly in their chase. Rohit and Ambati Rayudu pierced the packed off-side field frequently, after Parthiv Patel was run out for 1 in the second over. Rohit and Rayudu built momentum with seven fours in 12 balls and the score raced past fifty by the sixth over.

Rayudu could have been dismissed on 16 had JP Duminy hung onto a sharp catch at slip. He added nine runs before Mishra bowled him with a googly in his second over. Krunal Pandya, who was promoted to No.4, mixed finesse with power and hit 36 off 17 before Zaheer caught him short with a direct hit off his own bowling.

Krunal’s run out applied the brakes on Mumbai’s innings. Mishra’s googly then made a reappearance in his third over and pinned Jos Buttler lbw for 2. Mishra celebrated the wicket by setting off on a celebratory run. Mishra and Imran Tahir tightened the screws and ended with combined figures of 8-0-53-2. Rohit then brought up his third fifty of the season with a crunching drive in the 17th over but his collision with Hardik killed the chase.

Hardik was involved in a similar nasty collision when he tore to his left from deep backward square leg and bumped his face into Buttler who was running to his right from deep midwicket.

Daredevils met an early stumbling block when Quinton de Kock, coming off a century against Royal Challengers, miscued a leg-side slog to backward point for 9 in the second over off Mitchell McClenaghan. Shreyas Iyer showed promise before he fell to a leg-side slog of his own. By the time Karun Nair sent a top edge to fine leg the following over, Daredevils had been reduced to 54 for 3 in eight overs.

Duminy then joined Sanju Samson and revived Daredevils’ innings. They did so under pressure, given that Daredevils had packed their team with bowlers, with Pawan Negi batting at No.6. At one point 26 off 27 balls, Samson broke free with a huge six off Harbhajan Singh over long-on. A ball later he swept the offspinner for four between deep square leg and fine leg. He went on to bring up his fifth half-century against Mumbai off 40 balls.

Samson holed out in the 17th over but Duminy took 22 runs off 11 balls from Jasprit Bumrah. The highlight of Duminy’s unbeaten 49 off 31 was an over-the-shoulder scoop for six. Mumbai, on the other hand, did not find impetus in their slog overs.

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