Karthik the Hero as Mumbai Indians Crush Delhi Daredevils

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The 10th IPL match was played between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The toss was won by Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting who elected to bat first. The campaign started with two cricket legends at the crease i.e, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. The duo was rightly given a nick ‘Pondulkar’. However, the two failed again to make an impact. Ponting was the first one to depart as he was caught out on Irfan Pathan’s delivery for naught. Soon Tendulkar departed after scoring just one run.

Dinesh-Karthik

With both the openers gone, Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma started building 3rd wicket partnership gradually. Karthik started slowly in the beginning but changed his tempo after the third over. He reached his fifty for just 29 balls. At the end of 10 overs, Mumbai were 80 for the loss of two wickets. Karthik went even more explosive after his 50. He scored 36 runs on just 19 deliveries. Both the players had a partnership of 132 runs before Karthik was out on 86. The team’s total at that time was 133 runs. With Karthik gone, Rohit took the charge and propelled the team towards 200 plus total, the first one in this year’s IPL edition. Pollard scored 13 runs and was out by Nehra. Later, Ambati Rayudu played his part and scored 24 runs on just 8 balls. In the second last over bowled by Irfan Pathan, Rayudu scored 22 runs. In the final over, Rohit Sharma played his part again by scoring 20 runs which saw Mumbai score 209 runs.

When defending the total, Mumbai removed Unmukt Chand on the very first delivery. He was out on a stunning catch by Mumbai skipper Ricky Ponting on Harbhajan’s delivery. That followed a rare scene as Harbhajan embraced Ponting in excitement. Later, Jayawardene only scored 3 runs and returned to pavilion. David Warner then had a partnership with Manprit Juneja to propel the team’s chase. Both scored boundaries regularly and Warner reached 50 in 34 balls. The partnership lasted 82 runs as Warner was out on 61by Johnson. Wickets kept falling at a regularly pace as none of the other Delhi batsmen impressed with the bat. The last hope was also gone when Juneja was run out on 49 runs. Mumbai Indians won the match by 44 runs and clinched second win in three matches so far. Dinesh Karthik was declared player of the match who also became the tournament’s top scorer so far. The final score board is as follows:

Mumbai Indians 209 for 5 (Karthik 86, Rohit 74*) beat Delhi Daredevils 165 for 9 (Warner 61, Juneja 49) by 44 runs

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