Daredevils, who?: Power-packed Mumbai Sweep Aside Delhi by 146 Runs

Delhi Daredevils had raised expectations by producing a worldie batting performance against Gujarat Lions and successfully chasing down a mammoth target of 209 with 15 balls to spare. Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson enjoyed arguably the best day of their lives, not just as cricketers. But what might have been forgotten during Daredevils’ audacious chase and even in the aftermath of a sensational victory is Delhi have been poor for much of this season. Not so long ago, they were on a five-match losing streak and their chances of reaching the playoffs were grim.

Mumbai Indians were the next team in town and they were expected to provide Delhi a proper test of their credentials. Though Mumbai have been in top form this IPL season, they have a poor record at the Feroz Shah Kotla, where they had won just two of their seven matches before tonight and had not won a match since 2011. Delhi and their supporters, therefore, had reasons to be anticipatory of another exciting contest.

At the start of this season, Delhi’s formula for success was winning the toss and batting first, trying to post a score in excess of 160 or 170 and then defending a total with their potent bowling attack. But having successfully chased down two formidable totals in back-to-back matches, the hosts of 45th match won the toss and chose to field first against Mumbai. Zaheer Khan returned to action from the hamstring strain he had picked up against Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai had a couple of changes: fit-again Harbhajan Singh replaced the injured Krunal Pandya and Lendl Simmons came in for Jos Buttler.

In simple terms, this was business as usual for Mumbai, who themselves a good chasing side, posted 212/3 batting first. Simmons, playing just his first match of this season, provided his team with a strong start alongside Parthiv Patel, putting on 79 for the first wicket. Simmons went on to make a 43-ball 66 and gave the middle order a solid platform to launch themselves. Simmons was dismissed with Mumbai at 116/2 in the 13th over.

Kieron Pollard was promoted to No. 3 and as many of their decisions have this season, this decision by the Mumbai team management paid dividends too. As a No. 3 batsman, Pollard had more than 11 overs to get his eye in and unleash himself. The big man didn’t take long to get going and was an integral reason in Mumbai reaching a 200+ total. Hardik Pandya, coming in at No. 5, played another good cameo towards the end [29 off 14 balls; 1×4 and 3×6], scoring 16 runs himself in the final over, which was bowled by Pat Cummins and altogether cost Delhi 23 runs. Pollard finished unbeaten on 63 off 35 balls, his innings punctuated by five fours and four sixes. Mumbai, by posting such a big total, had dented the psyche of their opposition.

Zaheer’s bowling changes were contentious on this night and even the bowlers who you normally expect to deliver, like Cummins (0/59), Amit Mishra (1/37) and Rabada (1/33), were taken for plenty of runs. None of the bowlers managed to keep the Mumbai batsmen in check and the runs came freely throughout.

The Delhi batsmen, with the bowlers yet again conceding a score of over 200 bowling first, were up against a massive total once more. The difference this time was the quality Mumbai bowling attack they had to confront.

The two heroes of Thursday night (Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant) were out for zeroes and Mumbai’s bowling attack proved simply too much for a young Delhi batting line-up. Karun Nair‘s 21 was the highest score by a Delhi batsman and wickets fell in almost every over of the innings (0.1, 1.5, 3.2, 4.4, 5.5, 7.4, 8.2, 9.4, 10.4, and 13.4). Delhi were bowled out for the second-lowest score in IPL 2017 and their net run-rate took a significant hit. Mumbai, by winning this match, became the first team to qualify for the playoffs.

While the Delhi batsmen fell like nine pins, Mumbai’s bowling and fielding were of a very high standard. Rohit’s tactical acumen, for which he never gets credit, shone through and the fieldset was so perfect that the fielders, though hypothetical, hardly had to move to take catches. Mumbai had done their homework on the Delhi batsmen, with Samson and Pant, in particular, showing no inclination to keep the ball down during their match-winning partnership against Gujarat Lions. Therefore, Mumbai, contrary to what you will usually see in the powerplay, had sweepers on the off and leg side boundaries in anticipation of the young guns in the Delhi batting line-up playing uppish shots.

The Mumbai bowlers bowled to the fields they were given, bowling back of a length and varying the pace of their deliveries. The likes of Samson, Pant and Anderson miscued their shots against short and slower deliveries and holed out to deep square leg and long on.

Harbhajan Singh (3) and Karn Sharma (3) starred with three-fers for the visitors, while Mitchell McClenaghan (1), Malinga (2) and Bumrah (1) also contributed to their team’s cause.

To complement the bowling, the catching was superb from Mumbai, whose skipper led from the front with three reflex catches while fielding in the slip cordon and at short mid-wicket. The catch he took to dismiss Marlon Samuels, in particular, was utterly astonishing! Samuels looked to cut Karn and got a healthy outside edge. The ball flew quickly off the blade and Rohit stretched his right hand out, in time, and took a one-handed reflex catch which will take some bettering. This was a perfect night for the two-time IPL champions.

Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians, 45th Match Scorecard

Playing XIs

Delhi: 1. Zaheer Khan (c) 2. Karun Nair, 3. Sanju Samson, 4. Shreyas Iyer, 5. Rishabh Pant (wk), 6. Corey Anderson, 7. Marlon Samuels, 8. Pat Cummins, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Mohammed Shami, 11. Amit Mishra

Mumbai: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Lendl Simmons, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Karn Sharma, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, and 11. Mitchell McClenaghan


Mumbai: 212/3 (Simmons 66 and Pollard 63*; Anderson 1/29)
Delhi: 66 (Nair 21; Karn 3/11 and Harbhajan 3/22)
Man of the 45th match: Lendl Simmons

Mumbai Indians (MI) innings (toss: Delhi, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Lendl Simmons caught Samuels, bowled Anderson 66 (43) 5 4 153.48
Parthiv Patel stumped Pant, bowled Mishra 25 (22) 3 0 113.63
Kieron Pollard not out 63 (35) 5 4 180.00
Rohit Sharma caught Mishra, bowled Rabada 10 (6) 1 0 166.66
Hardik Pandya not out 29 (14) 1 3 207.14
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Nitish Rana, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mitchell McClenaghan
Extras: 19 (10 wides and 9 leg byes)
MI’s total: 212/3 in 20 overs, at 10.60 runs per over
MI’s fall of wickets: 79/1 (Patel, 8.4), 116/2 (Simmons, 12.3) and 153/3 (Rohit, 15.3)
Delhi Daredevils (DD) bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Zaheer Khan 4 6 29 0 7.25
Kagiso Rabada 4 9 33 1 8.25
Pat Cummins 4 6 59 0 14.75
Amit Mishra 4 10 37 1 9.25
Mohammed Shami 2 5 16 0 8.00
Corey Anderson 2 1 29 1 14.50
Delhi innings (target: 213 runs in 20 overs, at 10.65 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Sanju Samson caught Simmons, bowled McClenaghan 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Karun Nair caught Rohit, bowled Harbhajan 21 (15) 3 1 140.00
Shreyas Iyer caught Harbhajan, bowled Malinga 3 (6) 0 0 50.00
Rishabh Pant caught Simmons, bowled Bumrah 0 (3) 0 0 0.00
Corey Anderson caught Karn, bowled Malinga 10 (8) 2 0 125.00
Marlon Samuels caught Rohit, bowled Karn 1 (5) 0 0 20.00
Pat Cummins caught Patel, bowled Harbhajan 10 (10) 0 1 100.00
Kagiso Rabada caught Rohit, bowled Karn 0 (5) 0 0 0.00
Amit Mishra not out 9 (14) 0 0 64.28
Mohammed Shami caught Pollard, bowled Harbhajan 7 (4) 0 1 175.00
Zaheer Khan caught Rana, bowled Karn 2 (11) 0 0 18.18
Extras: 3 (1 wide, 1 bye and 1 leg bye)
DD’s total: 66/10 in 13.4 overs, at 4.82 runs per over
DD’s fall of wickets: 0/1 (Samson, 0.1), 6/2 (Iyer, 1.5), 20/3 (Pant, 3.2), 31/4 (Nair, 4.4), 35/5 (Anderson, 5.5), 40/6 (Samuels, 7.4), 46/7 (Cummins, 8.2), 48/8 (Rabada, 9.4), 57/9 (Shami, 10.4), and 66/10 (Zaheer, 13.4)
Mumbai bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Mitchell McClenaghan 2 5 18 1 9.00
Lasith Malinga 2 10 5 2 2.50
Jasprit Bumrah 1 3 6 1 6.00
Harbhajan Singh 4 15 22 3 5.50
Karn Sharma 3.4 14 11 3 3.00
Hardik Pandya 1 4 2 0 2.00

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