Delhi skipper JP Duminy was in devilishly good form for his side once again, as his knock of 78 inspired them to a 37-run victory over the Mumbai Indians on Thursday evening.
Duminy put on a 154-run second wicket stand with Man of the Match Shreyas Iyer as they posted 190-4 from their allotted overs, and regular wickets – including three from Imran Tahir – restricted the side from Mumbai to 153-9, condemning them to a fifth defeat for the campaign.
Duminy, who went into in some admirable all-round form, lost the toss, with opposite number Rohit Sharma sending the Daredevils into bat. The choice appeared vindicated at first as Mayank Agarwal was sent packing three balls in, but Duminy and Iyer were quick to take control.
Duminy set the tone with back-to-back maximums in the fourth over, but it was not until the 11th over that they properly unleashed, with six sixes smashed in the subsequent four overs. Between the pair, they fired 11 sixes in total. Iyer – an exceptional young talent for the future – bowed out for 83, while Duminy remained not out on 78 as Angelo Mathews provided the perfect foil at the death.
Chasing 190, Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel got off to a good start for the Indians, but Domnic Muthuswami ended the brisk 35-run stand – Duminy the man to take the catch to see off Simmons for 15. Mathews put in a good shift to dispose of Patel for the first of his two wickets on the night, and from there wickets fell at key moments as Mumbai failed to clinch any grasp on the match.
Tahir, who went into the encounter tied at the top of the wicket-taking charts on 10 with Ashish Nehra, took the game completely away from the visitors with three wickets in four balls. Hardik Panda and Mitchell McClenaghan went for golden ducks and Ambit Rayudu departed for 30, which all but wrapped up the victory. Mumbai would fall 37 runs short of the mark, for the Daredevils to secure their third victory of the tournament.