Kagiso Rabada fought it hard, for some while even closing things up for the Daredevils but unfortunately had to acknowledge the hard defeat of 14 runs at the end of the match.
In a rather flattering encounter between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the home team laughed the last smile to seal the narrow win in the 25th match of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.
First it was Mumbai Indians who batted first after losing the toss; exhibited a poor show of batting, being restricted at 142 runs in their allotted 20 overs of the match.
Chasing a minimal total of 142 runs seemed not to be a task to say about for Delhi Daredevils but the scenario at the Wankhede turned out quickly when the Daredevils off to go for a rapid collapse.
Mitchell McClenaghan, the Kiwi lefty who did most of the damage to the Daredevils brought the crucial breakthrough for Mumbai Indians in the second delivery of his first over. Delhi Daredevils’ star of all the previous matches opener Sanju Samson was caught by Sharma scoring 9 runs (6 balls).
Aditya Tare made the first ball duck to get back into the pavilion became run out through a direct throw from Hardik Pandya.
McClenaghan hit again in his second over taking the wicket of S Iyer while Hardik Pandya, after showing his fielding skill in the previous over, came with the ball to take the wicket of K Nair.
Delhi Daredevils could not find the scope to score runs amidst flurry of losing wickets.
McClenaghan came to deliver his third over and claimed the wicket of C Anderson straight away. Anderson played 3 balls to score a duck before being trapped for leg before wicket.
And afterwards Bumrah was there to pick up another wicket for Mumbai Indians; within no time to spare in the crease, Delhi Daredevils lost 6 wickets at the score of 24 runs.
When the happening led to think it was a matter of time for Mumbai Indians to settle the win, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris fought back sternly.
Amazingly for the visiting team, the duo built up a 91 run seventh wicket partnership; along with constructing the innings, both Rabada and Morris started making stroke play, leading the Delhi Daredevils to an improbable win at one stage.
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The visitors lost the track when, in the fourth delivery of the nineteenth over, Bumrah managed to uproot Rabada, snakingly stole the match for his team.
The run rate climbed high after the falling of Kagiso Rabada who scored 44 off 39 deliveries. Chris Morris, although became unbeaten at 52 runs (41 balls) failed to simulate with the run rate and Delhi Daredevils fall short of 14 for victory.
Mumbai Indians 142/8
Joss Buttler 28, Kieron Pollard 26, Hardik Pandya 24
A Mishra 2/18, P Cummins 2/20, K Rabada 1/30
Delhi Daredevils 128/7
Chris Morris 52*, K Rabada 44, Sanju Samson 9
M McClenaghan 3/24, J Bumrah 2/21, H Pandya 1/23
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 14 runs.
Toss: Delhi Daredevils.