The Mumbai Indians continued their poor show at the 2014 IPL with yet another dismal performance. Mumbai Indians suffered their fourth consecutive defeat as Delhi Daredevils thrashed the defending champions by six wickets. The men in blue faltered in every department of the game showing no signs of resilience. The Sharjah track looked a difficult one and on the slower side and hence applying themselves in the middle was what was expected from the batsmen. But none of the batsmen from the Mumbai Indians side showed any positivity and the total outfit lacked confidence.
On the other hand, the Delhi Daredevils, despite of losing their previous match against the Sunrisers in a rather close affair, oozed with confidence under the leadership of Kevin Pietersen.
Earlier in the day, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first. The Delhi bowlers put up a clinical bowling display to restrict the Mumbai Indians for a meager 125 for six. Pacers Jaydev Unadkat (2 for 29) and Wayne Parnell (1 for 17) and spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (1 for 19) shared four wickets to strangle the Mumbai batting unit in their stipulated 20 overs. There was a change in batting order for Mumbai hoping to turn things for them but all in vain. Skipper Sharma decided to open the innings but perished cheaply getting run out in the second over of the innings. In the fourth over, Parnell dismissed Aditya Tare (8) when he had him caught at deep midwicket by Quinton de Kock, while Anderson’s 14-ball 13-run stay was cut short by Jaydev Unadkat in his very first over. Hussey was demoted at number 5 but couldn’t do much either. Kieron Pollard (33 of 30 balls) and CM Gautam then put on 40 run partnership for the sixth wicket. Despite of their efforts, all that Mumbai could manage was an average score of 125.
The chase was on and unlike the Mumbai Batsmen, the Delhi openers continued their new found form and applied themselves in a reasonably better manner and put on 34 runs for the first wicket. De Kock was removed by Corey Anderson. Vijay then put on a 40 run stand with in-form Duminy to steady the ship before he succumbed to Rohit Sharma in the 13th over trying to loft one over the midwicket and totally missing the ball. Duminy and Karthik’s stay at the crease also didn’t last long. It was the skipper Pietersen who looked comfortable today and remained unbeaten. Kedar Jadhav (14 not out) hit the winning runs as he hit Zaheer Khan for a boundary through fine leg to take Delhi to 126 for four and hand Mumbai their fourth defeat on the trot.
“The wicket was a bit on the slower side but I would have liked to finish the game for my team,” the Man of the Match Vijay said.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma found it difficult to explain the consistent failure of his much-vaunted batting line-up stating that “nothing is working” for the team and the disappointed captain quoted, “Batting has been a problem for us. 126 was not the score we were looking forward to. You need to put up a reasonable total for the bowlers to defend. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Still some work is needed to be done”.
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