Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 146 runs, reach play-offs

Daredevils suddenly look a different side

Mumbai Indians crushed Delhi Daredevils by 146 runs on Saturday at the Feroz Shah Kota Stadium, to register the biggest ever victory in the history of the Indian Premier League. It was their lowest total in IPL matches after they got all out for 67. The 16-ball 38 against Kolkata Knight Riders performance and the 36-ball 57 versus Royal Challengers Bangalore performance were among the highlighted ones in this IPL 2017.

Mumbai eclipsed the IPL record of biggest win by runs, held by Royal Challengers Bangalore past year when they beat Gujarat Lions by 144. At the end of the Powerplay overs (6), Mumbai were handsomely placed at 60/1. Shreyas Iyer scored a brisk 21, but his dismissal in the second over, followed by Rishabh Pant's dismissal for a three-ball duck in the fourth over meant the chase never really took off. Karun Nair's 21 was the top score of the DD innings, while the 14-run partnership for the third wicket was the highest of the innings.

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma caught a blinder in the slip cordon to dismiss Marlon Samuels and at this point Delhi were reeling at 40/6. Eventually, Delhi folded up for 66 and now have a slim chance of qualifying for the play-offs.

Simmons, playing his first IPL match of the season, smashed five fours and four sixes in making 66 off 43 balls. Mumbai piled on a massive 212 runs after being out in to bat, powered by blistering half-centuries from the West Indian duo of Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard.

"I'm good as a replacement player, it's been good for me", said Simmons. Karun Nair hit a couple of fours and a six in the next over, showing signs of counterattack.

The likes of Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews and Pat Cummins provide the depth and balance to the side. Fellow spinner Harbhajan Singh also chipped in with three wickets, going for 22 runs, while Sri Lanka quick Lasith Malinga took two wickets from his two overs for the loss of just five runs.

It was a feast of boundaries, not deterred by the fall of either Simmons or captain Rohit Sharma. Chasing a mammoth 213-run target set by the latter, Delhi were dismissed for a paltry 66.

Meanwhile Pollard completed his fifty in 29 balls with a powerful straight drive off Cummins.

The Daredevils batting lineup was blown away just two days after they chased down the Lions' 209-run total at the same venue.



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