IPL 2016: Daredevils aims hat-trick wins against MI


Delhi Daredevils will take on Mumbai Indians in the 17th encounter of Indian Premier League (IPL 2016) edition at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi.

It was the highly-talked about bowling unit of Delhi that made all the difference in the end.

Mishra troubled the opposition batsmen with his googlies, finishing his spell of four overs at 2-24.

But it was not to be Mumbais day as Pollard departed in the next ball when he miscued a shot only to give a simple catch to Chris Morris at sweeper cover.

Patel is run out turning back for a second as Mumbai suffer a setback chasing 165. Rohit (65, 48b, 7×4, 1×6) lost Ambati Rayudu (25, 23b) but with the explosive Krunal Pandya (36, 17b, 4×4, 2×6) swinging his bat with merry abandon, the chase seemed under control.

Amit Mishra once again got his googly in the play as he trapped Jos Buttler (2) in front of the wicktet, picking up his 2nd wicket of the match. “At this ground, you probably back the batting side to get over the line, especially with the line-up they had”.

Mishra castled Rayudu in the eighth over but Krunal Pandya (36) hit a six and a four by the halfway mark to take his team to 78 for two.

The Mohali surface has traditionally provided good carry to the bowlers. With a stretch of three home matches over the next week, the bowlers will be key for Daredevils on surfaces that are expected to remain slow.

Mumbai Indias needed 21 runs off the last over.

Krunal Pandya slams a six and boundary off Tahir.

Rohit came on strike second ball, courtesy a sneaked-in single from Hardik Pandya.

His leg-spinning partner Imran Tahir, though, was less threatening but still managed to keep the batsmen quiet from the other end. This time Morris and Zaheer tamed Mumbai.

Earlier, 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. His 41-run stand in just 4.1 overs for the third wicket with Rohit kept Mumbai in the hunt, but his fall changed the course of the match.

Put in to bat by Rohit Sharma, Sanju Samson and JP Duminy helped Delhi register 164 runs in their 20 overs before a disciplined bowling effort saw the hosts condemn Mumbai to their fourth defeat in six matches. Shreyas Iyer (19) failed to convert his start into a big score, while Karun Nair (5) also fell cheaply.

With Mumbai Indians needing 47 off the last four overs for a win, all hopes of the visitors were on the shoulders of their skipper Rohit and Kieron Pollard. With Pollard and Rohit back in the pavilion, Morris completed the formalities by bowling the rest of the over economically, to guide Delhi to their third consecutive win of the season.

Now placed sixth on the table, Mumbai is pretty much in the hunt for the play-offs since a team can afford to lose six matches and still be among the top four teams. Their opening act has been poor with only skipper Rohit Sharma showing skill and zeal to fight it out against adversity. He has now amassed 230 runs in six matches for Mumbai.

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