Superb death bowling by Mumbai Indians helped them seal a 15-run victory over Delhi Daredevils and kept their chances of qualifying for Play-offs alive.
At one stage it looked like Delhi Daredevils will be chasing around 200 but they did well to keep Mumbai Indians to 173 and when the chase began it seemed DD will get to the target. It was Kevin Pietersen show as he started in attacking mode while Murali Vijay looked in his shell. Pietersen blasted in power play scoring 34 off 20 balls with only eight runs coming from Vijay’s bat, who was stumped in the last over of fielding restrictions off Shreyas Gopal.
KP continued his stroke play even after the power play but Harbhajan Singh had better of him. KP looking to play a switch-hit was clean bowled off Harbhajan Singh for 44.In next over Marchant de Lange cleaned upDinesh Karthik (7) who was struggling from the start leaving DD at 61-3 inside 10 overs.
JP Duminy once again found himself batting in a familiar situation and started rebuilding process with Manoj Tiwary. The duo complimented each other well and played occasional big shots. The required run-rate started to hike and both players looked to up the ante.
Needing 31 runs from two overs de Lange bowled a superb penultimate over giving just six runs and more importantly he had Tiwary (41)caught at cover-point by Hussey.Tiwary- Duminy shared an 85 run stand off 53 balls for the 4th wicket.
With 25 required of last over Jasprit Bumrah was handed the ball. Bumrah bowled another excellent over and hit-block hole consistently to restrict Duminy and Kedar Jadhav. Only nine runs came off his over and thus DD lost by 15 runs. Duminy once again top scoredwith unbeaten 45.
Marchant de Lange bagged two wickets while spinners Harbhajan Singh and Shreyas Gopal scalped one wicket each.
After a solid opening stand of 87 runs Between Lendl Simons and Michael Hussey Mumbai Indians middle order fell apart and lost 10 wickets for just 86 runs to end up 173-all out. Hussey was start performer for MI with the bat as he scored 56 runs. MI batsmen not only played reckless shots but ran poorly between the wickets as three batsmen were run-out.
Imran Tahir bagged three wickets and gave away 37 runs in his four overs while Jaydev Unadkat was expensive finishing 2-24 in just two overs.
Man of the Match: Michael Hussey
Brief Scores: DD 158-4(Duminy 45*, de Lange 2-32)lost to MI 173-10 (M. Hussey 56, I. Tahir 3-37) by 15 runs.