Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in IPL

Nov 30, -0001
EAST LONDON: The Delhi Daredevils surged to the top of the Indian Premier League (I.P.L.) on Friday (8th May), after crushing the Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at Buffalo Park in East London, South Africa.

Delhi's sixth win in eight matches moved them one point clear of the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals while Mumbai, in contrast, are second from bottom of the table and in danger of missing out on the semi-finals.

After skittling Mumbai for 116, the Daredevils scored 118 for three with seven balls to spare - Delhi's victory was built around a third-wicket stand of 61 between A.B. de Villiers (50 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (17).

Skipper Sachin Tendulkar knew that the Mumbai Indians had to get their I.P.L. campaign back on track - and quickly - so veteran opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was dropped from the Mumbai XI, and replaced by Australian batsman Luke Ronchi, who opened for the Indians last season, as they faced the in-form Delhi Daredevils at Buffalo Park.

However, after winning the toss and electing to bat, Mumbai and Ronchi had a shocker.

Ronchi run out for a duck off only the second ball of the match - after a brilliant throw from David Warner at midwicket.

Then, J.P. Duminy also went without troubling the scorers as as he edged Dirk Nannes and was caught behind by Dinesh Karthik.

One for two off one over!

That brought the 'Little Master' to the wicket - but Tendulkar was run out for 15 as he inside-edged Pradeep Sangwan before Karthik threw down the stumps with the batsman still out of his ground.

Thirty for three became 33 for four - West Indies all rounder Dwayne Bravo and left-handed Indian batsman Abhishek Nayar (18) then shared a fifth-wicket stand of 57, before the former was caught behind off Nannes for 35.

Bravo's dismissal sparked another collapse as Mumbai lost six wickets for 26 runs - despite some lusty hitting from Harbhajan Singh - before reaching a disappointing 116 all out off their allotted 20 overs.

Delhi started their reply knowing that run-rate was just 5.80 - and they received a solid start thanks to a first-wicket partnership of 42 between Warner and Gautam Gambhir.

However, the pair fell in quick succession as the former was stumped by wicketkeeper Pinal Shah for 21 as Duminy got one to turn away from the bat. Forty-two for one off 8.2 overs - before Gambhir was well caught by Ronchi at deep-cover off the bowling of Singh for 19 just five balls later.

But Delhi's victory was built around a third-wicket stand of 61 between A.B. de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan (17).

De Villiers hit an unbeaten 50 off 38 balls, the South African's second half-century of the tournament, in addition to one hundred, as he carted Tendulkar for 19 off just one over.

The winning runs arrived when Karthik liftred Rohan Raje's full toss between square leg and midwicket for a boundary to seal the seven-wicket win.

Delhi moved to the top of the I.P.L. table as the fireworks began in East London.







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