• Daredevils squander strong position

    May 5, 2015
    Imran Tahir

    JP Duminy’s Delhi Daredevils looked set for the win against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, but a late recovery from Mumbai saw them snatch victory.

    The Daredevils had Mumbai at 40-4 in their pursuit of 152, but a late rescue effort from Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard ensured a dramatic finish to the encounter, for the men in blue to secure their fifth victory of the season by five wickets.

    Duminy’s side, looking to pick themselves up from the defeat to the Rajasthan Royals two days previously, opted to bat first, but they got off to a disastrous start, losing Mayank Agarwal for a golden duck.

    Shreyas Iyer and Duminy then knuckled down and rebuilt with a 43-run stand, before the former fell to Harbhajan Singh, who posted figures of 2-11 from his four overs.

    Duminy blitzed his way to 28 but he failed to push on too, leaving most of the work to Yuvraj Singh, who propelled his side from a potentially low total to 152-6 from the allotted overs, thanks to his 44-ball 57.

    Mumbai had a nightmare in response, as West Indies import Lendl Simmons matched Agarwal’s performance with a first-ball duck, while Parthiv Patel and Hardik Pandya didn’t last long either. Harbhajan was promoted to No 5 in the batting order, but that experiment failed to pay off, and the side were left reeling on 40-4.

    Skipper Rohit Sharma walked to the crease, and that was when the recovery began. His 60-run partnership with Rayudu was crucial in giving them a chance, but when Sharma departed, Rayudu and Pollard needed to finish off the job.

    They ultimately did so with ease as Pollard hit three sixes, before peeling off the winning runs off Imran Tahir in the final over. It was another disappointing evening for Tahir who has gone three matches without taking a wicket. The side from Mumbai moved up to fourth place on the log.



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