It was another disappointing outing for Mumbai Indians. The Rohit Sharma outfit suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in the Indian Premier League 7 when they lost to Delhi Daredevils by six wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Mumbai failed to defend a modest 125 as Delhi, riding on Murali Vijay's 40 and skipper Kevin Pietersen's unbeaten 26, coast to the target in 18.5 overs. Defending champions Mumbai are yet to open their account while it was second victory for Delhi in five games and have four points. The target looked easier on paper, however, the wicket said something else. It wasn't easy to bat on and only a cautious approach would have help achieve the total. Vijay showed patience anchored the innings. However, he was dismissed by off spinner Rohit Sharma after playing a crucial 34-ball knock that included four boundaries and a six. Quinton de Kock (16) and JP Duminy (19) tried to put up fight, but it was Pietersen's crucial 18-ball 26 not out that saw them through.
Seamer Lasith Malinga was the best bowler for the Mumbai Indians with two for 17 while Sharma and Corey Anderson chipped in with apiece. Earlier, Delhi Daredevils dished out a clinical bowling display to restrict Mumbai Indians to a modest 125 for six. Pacers Jaydev Unadkat (2/29) and Wayne Parnell (1/17) and spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (1/19) shared four wickets to strangle the Mumbai batting unit in their stipulated 20 overs after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat.
Skipper Kevin Pietersen employed a spin-pace attack early on with Nadeem and Mohammad Shami starting the proceedings for Delhi, followed by J P Duminy and Wayne Parnell. Mumbai Skipper Rohit Sharma (4) was the first to walk back to the pavilion when his attempt to steal a quick single ended up with a runout orchestrated by pacer Shami in the second over. In the fourth over, Parnell dismissed Aditya Tare (8) when he had him caught at deep midwicket by Quinton de Kock, while Corey Anderson's 14-ball 13-run stay was cut shot by Jaydev Unadkat in his first over.
Mumbai could just manage 37 for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay. Runs dried up further and the mounting pressure took a toll on Ambati Rayudu (14) when his lofted shot off Nadeem found Laxmi Shukla at long-on. In the 11th over, Michael Hussey (10) brought up the fifty for Mumbai with a single but he too could not stay longer and was sent back to the hut by a slower yorker in the 14th over as Mumbai lost half of their side with 63 on board.
Kieron Pollard (33) and Chidhambaram Gautam (22) then joined hands and tried to raise the tempo with some big shots. The duo shared a 40-run partnership off 29 balls for the sixth wicket. Pollard brought up the first six of the innings in the 16th over when he sent Shami sailing over long-on, while Gautam blasted successive boundaries off Unadkat in the 17th over. In the next over, Pollard tried to steal a non-existent double but it ended with Gautam losing his wicket.
The West Indies all-rounder then smashed a four and a six off Shami, while Harbhajan Singh (10) blasted a four and six to help Mumbai put a modest total on board. --With agency inputs
Mumbai Indians: R Sharma run out (Shami) 4, A Tare c de Kock b Parnell 8, C Anderson c de Kock b Unadkat 13, A Rayudu c Shukla b Nadeem 14, M Hussey b Unadkat 10, K Pollard not out 33, CM Gautam run out (Shami) 22, H Singh retired hurt 10, Z Khan not out 0; Extras (LB6, W4, NB1) 11; Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 125 (6.25 runs per over); FoW: 1-10 (Sharma, 1.4 ov), 2-17 (Tare, 3.2 ov), 3-39 (Anderson, 6.4 ov), 4-46 (Rayudu, 8.6 ov), 5-63 (Hussey, 13.5 ov), 6-103 (Gautam, 18.4 ov), 6-124* (H Singh, retired not out, 19.5 ov); Bowling: S Nadeem 4-0-19-1 (W1), M Shami 4-0-36-, JP Duminy 3-0-13-0, W Parnell 4-0-17-1 (NB1, W2), J Unadkat 4-0-29-2, L Shukla 1-0-5-0
Delhi Daredevils: Q de Kock c Hussey b Anderson 16, M Vijay b Sharma 40, JP Duminy c sub (A Wankhade) b Malinga 19, K Pietersen not out 26, D Karthik c Rayudu b Malinga 2, K Jadhav not out 14; Extras (LB2, W2, PEN5) 9; Total (4 wickets; 18.5 overs) 126 (6.69 runs per over); FoW: 1-34 (de Kock, 6.5 ov), 2-79 (Vijay, 12.2 ov), 3-103 (Duminy, 15.2 ov), 4-105 (Karthik, 15.5 ov); Bowling: L Malinga 4-0-17-2 (W1), P Ojha 4-0-26-0, Z Khan 2.5-0-17-0, H Singh 4-1-23-0, C Anderson 2-0-16-1, R Sharma 2-0-20-1
DD WON BY SIX WICKETS