A devastating exhibition of fast bowling from Lasith Malinga helped the Mumbai Indians to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Delhi on Sunday.
Chasing a meager total of just 96, not even the wicket of Davy Jacobs (1) in the second over of the Mumbai innings could inspire the collapse the hosts needed if they were to have any chance of victory.
Jacobs was bowled by his compatriot More Morkel after being well beaten for pace and it was another South Africa who was responsible for Mumbai’s only other casualty.
Ambati Rayudu (14) fell victim to a great piece of fielding from Roelof van der Merwe, with the spinner racing in from mid off to field the ball at extra cover, well still on the ground he swivelled and through down the stumps with the batsman well short. Unfortunately for the Delhi crowd, such moments of brilliance from their team were few and far between.
Skipper Sachin Tendulkar anchored the Mumbai chase, playing with the coolness one would expect from a player of his stature. And calm heads were all that was needed to secure the win, with the all-guns-blazing approach usually associated with the format not required as Mumbai cantered home.
The Indians batsmen had Malinga to thank for their gentle passage to victory, with the fast bowler picking up a brilliant five-for.
Malinga began the carnage from the outset, bowling David Warner (1) and Unmukt Chand (0) in his first over, with both batsmen falling foul to the Sri Lankan’s lethal Yorkers.
While the left-armer’s second over may not have seen any wickets fall, it was the first maiden of the competition, and the pressure he created showed in the next over when Virender Sehwag (19) attempted a suicidal quick single to short fine leg after Aaron Finch had flicked the ball to Tendulkar on the edge of the circle.
Having seen his skipper depart, the Australian didn’t last much longer, top edging a sweep to deep square leg.
Finch’s dismissal brought together Naman Ojha (29) and Venugopal Rao (26) who put on a measured partnership of 42 to give the Delhi innings some substance. However, when Ojha was dismissed by Ali Murtaza, wickets began to tumble once more.
Malinga continued his demolition act, finishing with figures of five for 13 as he destroyed the Daredevils order – and their equipment too – with the fast bowler breaking a chuck out of the bottom of Morne Morkel’s bat. Cricket365