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The Mumbai Indians registered a 15-run win against the Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede Stadium to keep their Playoffs hopes alive. The hosts were given a boost by opener Michael Hussey (56 off 33 balls) in the must-win encounter, before a late collapse saw them fold for 173. The MI bowlers then ensured the visitors did not get over the line and were restricted to 158 for four after their 20-over quota.
Earlier, DD won the toss and chose to field first. After Lendl Simmons’ great showing at Mohali a couple of nights ago, today it was his opening partner, Michael Hussey’s turn to shine. The veteran batsman did not take too long to go after the DD bowlers. Thanks to half-dozen boundaries from his willow, MI raced to the 50-run mark in the fifth over itself. He even launched a maximum in the next over to help his team compile a total of 65 runs in the powerplay. At that point, Hussey was batting on 40, while Simmons, who was on 17 at that stage, seemed content with supporting his partner.
However, Simmons perished in the eighth over – off the bowling of Imran Tahir – leaving MI on 87 for one. But Hussey, who soon brought up his half-century, continued to run up the score and took MI to 100 for one at the halfway stage. He was eventually run out in the 12th over with his team going at a rate of 10-an-over. Jaydev Unadkat then gave the visitors a crucial breakthrough with the wicket of Rohit Sharma (30). And thereafter, MI went off track, losing wickets at regular intervals. Kieron Pollard (11) was dismissed by Unadkat a couple of deliveries after his skipper. Even Ambati Rayudu (2) and Aditya Tare (14) did not last long; while the former fell prey to Shahbaz Nadeem in the 16th over, the MI wicketkeeper became Tahir’s second victim of the game, in the very next over.
Wayne Parnell then returned to get rid of Harbhajan Singh (2). Marchant de Lange (1) was the next man to depart; he became the third batsman in the hosts’ line-up to get foxed by Tahir. DD then effected two run-outs – to dismiss Pragyan Ojha in the 19th over, and Shreyas Gopal (11) in the final over – to bowl MI out for 173 with three balls to spare.
In response, Kevin Pietersen started with a flourish. The DD skipper punished all loose offerings from the MI bowlers, while Murali Vijay, at the other end, played the perfect foil. Pietersen struck regular fours and the occasional big hit to keep the DD run-rate up to speed with the required rate. However, he lost Vijay’s company in the sixth over with the score on 43, as Gopal struck for MI. And after adding 16 runs for the second wicket with Dinesh Karthik, even Pietersen (44) departed; he was cleaned up by Harbhajan. de Lange then picked up his first wicket in MI colours when he bowled Karthik (7) out in the 10th over. At the halfway point, DD were playing catch-up, at 62 for three, despite a promising start.
But with JP Duminy and Manoj Tiwary joining forces, DD were very much in the contest. Starting with the 12th over, the duo took the attack to the MI bowlers. Over the next three overs, they added 32 runs, and took their team past the 100-run mark. Then after a slow 15th over, they plundered a combined 25 runs off the 16th and 17th overs. Thanks to their exploits, DD needed 44 runs off 18 balls at that point. The next over cost MI 12 runs, as the match was heading to a thrilling finish. But de Lange bowled a great 19th over in which he conceded only seven runs and picked up the wicket of Tiwary (41) to tilt the match in MI’s favour. And despite Duminy’s (40*) best efforts, DD could only manage 158 for four in 20 overs.
Thanks to the two points earned from this result, MI now have 12 points from 13 games, and hence, are still in the running for the last available Playoffs spot.
Man of the Match: Michael Hussey for his match-winning half-century
David Warner (90 off 45 balls) may have missed out on a well-deserved century, but he certainly helped his team’s cause as they try to grab the last available Playoffs spot in Pepsi IPL 2014. Thanks to the left-handed opener’s heroics, Sunrisers Hyderabad made easy work of Chennai Super Kings’ 185-run total. Also aided by Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten half-century, the visitors romped home by six wickets with two balls to spare.
Earlier, Darren Sammy won the toss and asked CSK to take first strike. The Men in Yellow then got a great start, thanks to Dwayne Smith and his new opening partner, Faf du Plessis. The pair added 33 runs in quick time. However, their partnership ended due to a freak run-out, which saw the ball deflecting
off Karn Sharma’s hand and hitting the stumps at the non-striker’s end, finding du Plessis (19) short of his ground. However, Smith (47) continued to go after the opposition bowlers with full force. Thanks to his big hitting, CSK scored 60 runs in the powerplay. But Karn Sharma soon got the better of the West Indian opener, leaving CSK on 68 for two.
Suresh Raina (4) also fell to the SRH leg-spinner; the southpaw holed out to Aaron Finch in the ninth over. Upon his dismissal, MS Dhoni joined David Hussey in the middle and the pair brought up the CSK 100 in the 14th over. And then, after getting their eye in, both batters unleashed a flurry of strokes, picking a combined 40 runs off the next three overs. With the scorecard reading 140 for three after 17 overs, the duo had built a platform for a late-innings onslaught; and that is exactly what the Ranchi crowd witnessed.
Both batters took the attack to the opposition to plunder 21 runs off the next two overs. And then, in the final over, Dhoni waged an all-out attack on Dale Steyn – the CSK skipper struck two fours and two maximums to reap 24 runs from the final six balls of the innings. Thanks to Hussey (50*) and Dhoni’s (57*) unbroken 108-run stand, CSK posted 185 or three in 20 overs.
In response, SRH got a dream start, thanks to David Warner. From the very first over, the Australian opener stepped on the accelerator and took the CSK bowlers to the cleaners. He even dominated the strike as Shikhar Dhawan played the supporting role at the other end. Thanks to the early onslaught, SRH posted 64 for no loss in the powerplay – including 21 runs in the sixth over, in which Warner brought up his half-century. By the halfway stage, the visitors had clocked in 100 runs – out of which Dhawan accounted for 16 and Warner a staggering 80.
However, a century eluded the left-hander as he was dismissed by John Hastings just 10 runs short of it, in the 12th over. But by then, Dhawan had settled in and began to guide the run-chase. In the company of Naman Ojha (17) – who returned to the dugout in the 18th over – the SRH opener added 52 runs. Dhawan (64*) even lost Sammy’s company in the final over with SRH just two runs adrift of the target. However, Venugopal Rao (4*) struck the winning blow with two balls to spare. As a result, SRH registered a big six-wicket away win and bagged two points at a stage where a total of three teams are vying for the one remaining Playoffs spot. Man of the Match: David Warner for his match-winning half-century