Mumbai Indians’ bowlers put on a stellar performance to thrash Delhi Daredevils by 146 runs in the 45th match of 2017 IPL. Mumbai Indians, with their third win a row, became the first team to qualify for the playoffs of this season.
After winning the toss, Zaheer Khan, who made his comeback in this match decided to field first with Mumbai Indians making two changes. Harbhajan Singh and Lendl Simmons were in the team in place of Krunal Pandya and Jos Buttler, and both of them turned to be key elements in orchestrating Delhi’s downfall.
Mumbai Indians were at their intimidating best with the bat by sending in Kieron Pollard at number three after Lendl Simmons, who was playing for the first time this season after being a vital part in the last season, had yet again scored a free-flowing 50. But it was Kieron Pollard who hung around till the end and ensured that Mumbai reach a good score with Hardik Pandya yet again proving his worth in the death overs, playing a priceless cameo to propel Mumbai Indians to 212/3.
Given Delhi’s performance in the last season, when they came out all guns blazing and slayed Gujarat Lions, chasing 200 plus in 17.3 overs, a lot was expected from them. But since the first ball was bowled and Samson was gone, the downhill came crashing down. The collapse continued further as the likes of Pant, Samuels all departed in the duration of 1 over each before Delhi found themselves slumbering to 66, just one run short of 67, their lowest score in this season which came against Kings XI Punjab.
In the process, Delhi also managed to break the record for the highest margin of defeat in the history of the IPL, losing by a grand margin of 146. Whereas, Malinga became the first bowler in the IPL to pick up 150 wickets, when he beat Shreyas Iyer in the second over.
Mumbai Indians 212/3 in (20 overs)
Lendl Simmons 66, Kieron Pollard 63*
Kagiso Rabada 1-33
Delhi Daredevils 66/10 (13.4 overs)
Karun Nair 21
Karn Sharma 3-11,
Harbhajan Singh 3-22
Result- Mumbai Indians won by 146 runs.
- Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime