Polly batting at No.7 hit a breezy 15-ball 33 to help Mumbai reach a solid 162/8 and returned to contain Daredevils with a spell that eventually spelt a doom on the Delhi side. Daredevils chasing 163-run victory collapsed to 133 in 18.5 overs, thanks to some disciplined seam bowling coupled with good catching of the local outfit.
Sehwag scored a 20-ball 40 in the losing cause. Middle order batsmen got starts but failed to convert those into match winning one
The former South African all-rounder conceded a measly 16 runs besides plucking the vital scalps of Dhawan and Shoaib Malik in his four overs.
Daredevils chasing 163-run victory collapsed to 133 in 18.5 overs, thanks to some disciplined seam bowling coupled with good catching of the local outfit. Sehwag scored a 20-ball 40 in the losing cause. Middle order batsmen got starts but failed to convert those into match winning one.
Daredevils' top-order batsmen, who fired on all cylinders in their previous ties, failed to deliver the goods on this occassion.
The Mumbai opening attack left Delhi struggling early on removing in-form Gambhir and Dhawan cheaply to reduce 'em to 4/2 in the third over.
Nehra sent Gambhir packing in his first over and second of the innings when the Delhi southpaw and the owner of Orange Cap played a full-blooded off-drive straight into the hands of Uthappa at mid-off. Dhawan too followed Gambhir with a similar mode of dismissal: same shot, same fielder but the beneficiary this time around was Pollock.
Sehwag undeterred by the happenings around batted in his typical way. He shared a brisk 33 runs stand with AB de Villiers before his powerful straight drive took the deflection of bowler Kulkarni's fingers to uproot stumps and found the South African out of crease.
Viru than shared a quickfire 45 runs with Malik as Daredevils raced to 80 in 10th over. Thornely provided Mumbai the much-needed breakthro' when he consumed the dangerous Sehwag caught Pollock at mid-off.
Karthik (28 off 23) and Malik (24 off 22) tried their best but their effort wasn't enough to see their side home.
This all important wicket spurred Indians. They stiffled the Delhi batsmen bowling with a tight line and giving their all on the field. Even the veterans like Nehra dived full length to stop the ball at outfield. They restricted the batsmen to ones and twos in the final six overs which added pressure and prompted 'em to go ariel route only to find the fielders waiting to latch on to the skiers. The Delhi side conceded a hoard of wickets in the similar fashion.
Earlier, a creditable show from top-order batsmen and a late slurry from the reliable Pollock spurred Mumbai Indians to 162/8.
The hosts stuttered in the middle overs after a fine effort from the batsmen up the order before Polly's breezy 15-ball 33 helped the team sans their trumpcard Tendulkar reach a healthy total. Jayasuriya top-scored with brisk 34. Thornely&Uthappa chipped in with 30 and 22 respectively.
Young paceman Yomahesh emerged as successful bowler for Daredevils with the figures of 3 for 33 in his four overs. However it was Pradeep Sangwan who stoled the show for Delhi.
The India U-19 seamer cramped the batsmen with an immaculate line and length. He returned with a fine figures of 21/1 in his four overs besides claiming the wicket of Uthappa. The ever reliable McGrath though went wicketless but bowled an economy spell.
Mumbai Indians invited in to bat first got off to a bright start with Jayasuriya taking to the attack from the word go. The Matara Marauder flicked and cover-drove Asif to fence in the very second over. Sanath was in good knick and would have gone for a big one but for the debutant Takwale's sluggish innings that spoiled the rhythm of Lankan swashbuckler. The opening wicket partnership fetched Indians 46 runs in five overs.
The first change bowler Yomahesh struck twice in his first over to remove openers. He ended Takwale's sluggish innings when the Maharashtra Ranji Trophy side's gloveman top-edged the cut straight to Sangwan at third man. Mahesh than bowled Sanath thro' his gates on to stumps to reduce Mumbai side to 50/2 at the end of sixth over.
Thornely (30) joined Uthappa (22) in the middle and the pair took Mumbai past 100 in the 12th over. The duo shared a quickfire 52-run stand. Thornely hit two boundaries and as many sixes in his 24-ball knock before being castled by Bhatia. Uthappa yet again failed to build on the start he had. The Bangalore-born looked set for a big knock before being undone by a freakish scoop off Sangwan that landed staright into the Malik's safe pair of hands.
Bravo and Abhishek Nayar came and went in whimper as Mumbai outfit looked in a bit of bother at 112/6 in the 16th over.
However the final slurry from Pollock saw Mumbai reach a respectable total. Pollock's 15-ball knock was inclusive of three sixes and two boundaries.