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Batting first for the first time
in six matches, Mumbai Indians
never really got going on a bouncy
Wankhede Stadium pitch that also
provided grip for spin and cutters,
and only managed a total of 142,
It turned out, however, to be more
than enough to give them their sixth
win in seven matches and strengthen
their position on top of the IPL table.
A couple of early wickets put an in-
experienced Daredevils batting line-up
under pressure, and the top half fell
away in no time.
They lost five wickets inside the Pow-
erplay and another in the seventh over
A seventh-wicket stand of 91 be-
tween Kagiso Rabada and Chris Mor-
ris ensured Daredevils stayed in con-
tention, but some smart end-overs
bowling from Jasprit Bumrah ensured
the target remained a fair way out of
With Daredevils needing 46 from 24
balls, Bumrah conceded only four runs
from the 17th over, and, after Morris
had clattered a big six off the last ball of
Mitchell McClenaghan's 18th to bring it
down to 30 off 12, came back to concede
only five off the 19th while taking out
Rabada with a yorker.
It left Hardik Pandya 24 to defend off
the last over---he landed his wide york-
ers there or thereabouts, and Morris and
Pat Cummins could only manage 10.
Daredevils chip away
after Buttler blitz
Jos Buttler's 28 off 18 balls wasn't
the biggest innings and was definitely
not the prettiest - his first two bound-
aries, off Morris, both came off the top
edge---but it ensured Mumbai had some
momentum through the Powerplay.
They lost two wickets in those six
overs---Rabada, making his IPL de-
but, yorked Parthiv Patel, and the
fleet-footed Sanju Samson ran out
Buttler - but also scored 48.
Daredevils had picked perhaps their
strongest attack---with Rabada joining
Morris, Cummins, Zaheer Khan and
Amit Mishra---and the tactic continued
to pay off. Mumbai were five down by
the end of the 13th over, with Mishra's
googly accounting for Rohit Sharma
and Krunal Pandya.
There was plenty of turn on offer,
and Kieron Pollard, in particular was
struggling against him---at the end of
the 13th, he was batting on 4 off 13 balls.
Mumbai patchy in slog overs
Pollard clubbed three fours in the
next two overs, and Mumbai were 102
for 5 after 15.
Before this match, Daredevils boasted
the best economy rate in the last five
overs (7.71), and Mumbai the best bat-
ting run rate (12.26).
Mumbai would score 40 in their last
five in this game.
Cummins, Morris and Rabada varied
their pace well, and either bowled short
of a good length and into the body, or
pitched it right up.
Hardik Pandya hit two sixes, off what
were probably the only two balls that
were really in his hitting zone in his 23-
ball innings. In an effort to keep Hardik
on strike with only the lower order for
company in the last two overs, Mumbai
suffered two run-outs too.
as Daredevils stumble
Daredevils had fit Rabada, Morris,
Cummins and Corey Anderson into
their side, which meant no place for
Sam Billings at the top of the order.
Sanju Samson, Aditya Tare, Karun Nair
and Shreyas Iyer made up Daredevils'
top four---plenty of talent but not a
whole lot of experience at the top level.
An attempt at a chancy single led to
Tare's dismissal off the fourth ball of
Daredevils' innings, and when Sam-
son drove McClenaghan uppishly and
straight to mid-off in the next over,
uncertainty gripped their batting. Iyer,
shuffling this way and that, seemed a
little off with his timing and McClena-
ghan dismissed him in his next over off
a tickle down the leg side. A bit of skid
into Anderson and McClenaghan had
three in two overs.
Karun Nair, struggling for form all
through the season, played out a nervy
maiden off the next over, failing to get
to grips with Mitchell Johnson's pace
variations. Then Mumbai struck two
more times---Rishabh Pant poked un-
certainly at Bumrah and edged to slip,
and Nair, feet going nowhere, chopped
Morris, Rabada save face
Rabada had been promoted to No
7, above Morris, and he showed both
technique and an ability to hit cleanly
down the ground while dominating the
early part of the seventh-wicket part-
nership. Once they spent a few overs
at the crease, the smallness of the tar-
get became apparent again. With five
overs remaining, Daredevils needed 52.
You would usually favour the batting
team in those circumstances, but not
a batting team that had lost so many
McClenaghan and Bumrah, moreo-
ver, had two more overs to get through
each. McClenaghan mixed slower short
balls with quick short balls, and Bum-
rah, generally aiming fuller, varied his
pace just as well.
Rabada's limitations as a T20 hitter
quickly became apparent, and there
wasn't much Morris could do either.
Daredevils only managed 27 off Mc-
Clenaghan and Bumrah's 24 end-overs
Hardik Pandya of the Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Karun Nair of the Delhi Daredevil during match
25 of the Vivo Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India yesterday. Mumbai won by
14 runs. PHOTO: ESPNCRICINFO
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