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Delhi Daredevils steamroll Mumbai Indians with seven-wicket win
By IPL desk
Mumbai 16 April 2012
The Delhi Daredevils put up a clinical performance to decimate the Mumbai Indians in front of the latter’s home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium. After winning the toss and opting to field first, the visitors’ bowlers put up an all-round show to bowl the hosts out for a paltry 92. In reply, the Daredevils chased down the target in just 14.5 overs for the loss of three wickets.
It was an ordinary batting performance by the MI batsmen, who struggled to get going against the visitors’ bowling attack. With Sachin Tendulkar still not playing for MI, Shahbaz Nadeem knocked over openers Davy Jacobs (0) and Richard Levi (1) in successive overs, with the hosts adding just five runs to the scoreboard. Ambati Rayudu (4) made his way back to the dugout next; the MI batsman was run out while attempting to complete a run off a leg-bye.
Rohit Sharma was the only top-order MI batsman who reached double-digits with a 27-ball 29. But Ajit Agarkar ended his resistance in the 10th over with the score at 41. And with Umesh Yadav removing Kieron Pollard (1) and Dinesh Karthik (3) on either side of Sharma’s dismissal, the hosts were in all kinds of trouble at 44 for six in 10.2 overs.
MI would have fared much worse had it not been for captain Harbhajan Singh’s feisty 22-ball 33 (5x4, 1x6) while batting at No.7. But with Irfan Pathan picking up the wicket of Clint McKay (8), and Morne Morkel sending RP Singh (0) and Harbhajan back in the 16th and 18th over respectively, MI couldn’t manage to go past the 100-run mark. Pragyan Ojha was the last MI batsman to be dismissed when he was bowled by Agarkar off the second ball of the 20th over.
After bowling MI out for the lowest total so far in the competition, Naman Ojha and Virender Sehwag knocked 34 runs off the first five overs of the run chase. RP Singh, playing his first game of the tournament, then struck for MI when he had Ojha (13) caught at short midwicket off a miscued pull shot off the first ball of the sixth over. RP added another wicket to his tally when he had Kevin Pietersen (9) caught in similar fashion with the visitors score at 52.
However, with Virender Sehwag leading from the front (36-ball 32), and Mahela Jayawardene (17*) and Ross Taylor (11*) stringing together an unbeaten 19-run stand for the third wicket, Delhi won the contest by seven wickets and with 5.1 overs left to spare.
The win takes the Delhi Daredevils to the top of the IPL 2012 points table while the Mumbai Indians slide to the fourth spot.
Scorecard Man-of-the-match: Shahbaz Nadeem for his excellent bowling figures of 4-0-16-2
The Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royal’s beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, which has been their skipper’s home for years. Ajinkya Rahane, as his first name suggests, remained unconquered on 103 as he helped RR set a formidable target for the home team. Rahane, who hit the first hundred of IPL 2012, also reclaimed the Orange Cap in the process.
After Dravid opted to bat first, Rahane, opening the innings with his role model, was a man on a mission. Only 11 runs came off the first three overs, which included a maiden from Zaheer Khan. However, the duo collected 15 off Sreenath Aravind in the fourth over, which included a six over long-on by Rahane. Gaining confidence, the youngster then hit Zaheer Khan over square-leg for his next six.
With both batsmen in sublime form, Daniel Vettori brought himself on and replaced Vinay Kumar with off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. The veteran spinners managed to put a lid on the flow of runs for a few overs during which the RCB skipper also claimed the RR captain. But Owais Shah, who replaced Dravid, joined Rahane and matched him stroke for stroke. While Rahane hit the legendary offie over long-on and into the stands, Shah struck a six over mid-wicket off Vinay in the next over.
Having exhausted three overs each of himself, Zaheer and Muralitharn, Vettori had no option but to bowl his other bowlers, and so he handed the ball to Aravind. The local pacer was hit for six boundaries off six balls by Rahane. After sending the first two deliveries past the bowler, the batsman followed it up with a scoop over the keeper. The fourth delivery was pulled over mid-wicket, while the penultimate ball of the over was driven through the covers. Rahane then finished the over off with a four to third-man.
The onslaught forced the RCB captain to bowl his final over, and although he gave away only seven runs, Chris Gayle was clobbered by Owais Shah in the next one. Shah hit the West Indian for two sixes in an over that added 21 runs to the RR total. It was then Vinay Kumar’s turn to be mauled by the batsmen in the next over. After Rahane sent the ball soaring over mid-wicket and into the stands, Shah slammed consecutive sixes and a four. There was no stopping RR as the two batsmen took on Muralitharan in the 18th over. The 23-year-old Rahane came down the track to hit Murali for a six in an over off which they plucked 17 runs.
It was a minor victory for RCB as Zaheer khan in his last over, bowled a dot ball up front and then claimed Shah (60 off 26 balls), who had hit him for a boundary before Vinay Kumarcaught him at long-on.
Rahane, who had missed out on a century by two runs in RR’s first match, was batting on 93 and facing Vinay Kumar in the last over. He reached 97 with a boundary, and a dot ball later, he reached his ton with another boundary by beating one of the best fielders, Virat Kohli at long-on. His 60-ball innings saw him hit 12 boundaries and five sixes.
Even as RR posted 195 on the board, Zaheer finished with bowling figures of 4-1-15-1. His colleagues, however, were mauled by Rahane and Shah.
Chasing 196, RCB’s Mayank Agarwal launched into the RR attack from the get-go. But he departed for 34 (three fours, three sixes). The opener’s mishit was caught safely by Shah after rising high in the sky. A ball later, Pankaj Singh dismantled Chris Gayle’s woodwork and ensured that a dropped catch earlier didn’t cost them.
A few overs later, Siddharth Trivedi claimed two wickets off two overs. He rattled AB de Villiers’ middle stump and then bowled Virat Kohli. Although he went wicket-less in his third over, the pacer castled Saurabh Tiwary in his fourth over on the trot. A couple of deliveries later he dislodged Vettori’s bails to finish with his first four-wicket haul in the IPL.
Although Johan Botha went for runs in his first spell, the three Indian pacers of RR kept the opposition on a tight leash and picked wickets at regular intervals. Botha too came back well and claimed Mohammad Kaif to leave the hosts struggling at 107 for seven.
Then, it was Amit Singh who bowled Vinay Kumar, while Brad Hogg followed up with the wicket of Zaheer Khan, who hit the ball straight to Rahane at mid-wicket. It was an apt finish as Rahane took the last catch that dismissed Muralitharan off Amit. Scorecard Man-of-the-Match:Ajinkya Rahane for his blistering knock of 103 off 60 balls that helped RR put up a mighty total