Rabada, Morris’ 91-Run Stand Goes in Vain as Mumbai Beat Delhi
Kiwi paceman Mitchell McClenaghan scalped three batsmen as Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs to win their sixth consecutive IPL match in Mumbai on Saturday.
Daredevils restricted the hosts 142 for eight but were terrible in run chase, managing for 128 for seven in 20 overs.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra returned exceptional figures 4-0-18-2 while Australian paceman Pat Cummins (2/20) also chipped in with two wickets in Daredevils' good bowling show.
It was a collective bowling effort from Daredevils with Kagiso Rabada (1/30), who made his IPL debut, and skipper Zaheer Khan also contributing in choking the Mumbai line-up.
However, the batsmen could not complement the good work done by the bowlers and suffered their fourth loss in six matches.
9 0 5 6 0 0 were the scores of Delhi’s first six batsmen. The visitors were gasping at 24 for six inside the seventh over after McClenaghan (3/24) took three wickets.
A 91-run partnership between South Africans Kagiso Rabada (44) and Chris Morris (52) raised their hopes but it only reduced the defeat margin.
Electing to bowl, Daredevils banked on their strong pace battery of Kasigo Rabada, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, leg spinner Amit Mishra and an electric fielding effort from Sanju Samson to remove the top four -- Parthiv Patel (8), Jos Buttler (28), Nitish Rana (8) and skipper Rohit Sharma (5) cheaply.
Patel and Buttler started well by raising a 37-run partnership before South African pace sensation Rabada broke through the defence of the Gujarat southpaw, crashing his leg stump with a yorker at 145 kms per hour.
The Englishman got out after facing 18 balls and hitting three boundaries and two sixes, before being brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Sanju Samson.
Coming in to bowl only in the eighth over, Cummins dealt another blow to Mumbai by getting the key wicket of Rana with his very first ball.
Before Mumbai could do much to recover from the early jolts, leg-spinner Amit Mishra struck with the wicket of Rohit, whose poor run with the willow continued to haunt the Mumbai Indians.
Tottering at 60/4, Keiron Pollard (26) and Krunal Pandya could add only 24 runs in the next three overs before Mishra's googly ended Krunal's 16-ball stay.
With half the side back in the dugout by the 13th over, Mumbai's hopes of posting a decent total rested on Pollard and Hardik Pandya (23).
The West Indian clearly looked out of touch but managed to get two boundaries in Zaheer's final over before Cummins got the better of him with a slower one off the first ball of the 18th over.
Pollard, who added 36 for the sixth wicket with Hardik, faced 29 balls and helped the ball to the ropes on four occasions.
Hardik did well to smash the ball out of the park twice but had little answer to some excellent death bowling by Delhi.
Rabada, bowling the penultimate over of the innings, displayed his football skills well to run Harbhajan Singh (2) out while attempting a quick single before Karun Nair effected Hardik's run out in the final over.
For Delhi, Mishra and Cummins were the pick of the bowlers picking two wickets each while Rabada chipped in with one.
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