Mumbai reached the 50 run-mark in only the fifth over of the innings when Blizzrd hosted Ajit Agarkar for a boundary after Sachin had secured five runs from his first three deliveries.
The Mumbai maestro was clean bowled by Irfan Pathan after trying to manufacture shots against him and up the already fierce run-rate. He scored run-a-ball 14 that included three grounded hits to the fence.
Blizzard who gave Mumbai a dream start by putting almost every Delhi bowler to the sword, specifically Morne Morkel, departed after being caught by Virender Sehwag off the bowling of S Nadeem. Prior to his departure, he scored a 23-ball 37 that included eight boundaries.
After the Mumbai openers had left Delhi bowlers seeking for cover and eventually departed to extravagant shots, two of their promising youngsters Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu, started the consolidation act. The duo mixed caution with occasional doses of aggression to ensure that Mumbai do not stagnate and notched up the 100-run mark for their team in just the 13th over of the match.
After settling down, the duo unleashed a dazzling array of strokeplay and by the end of the 15th over had taken Mumbai to 129/2.
The final flourish:
Rayudu departed in a bizzare fashion of James Hopes delivery. He was dismissed hit-wicket while trying to manufacture a shot from deep-inside the crease, and even the shot went for a catch to Virender Sehwag. Ajit Agarkar, who bowled the final over to the dangerous duo of Kieron Pollard and Andrew Symonds missed a easy run-out chance of Pollard and luckily though that didn't cost his side much. He bowled a brilliant final over, conceded only five runs and thus Mumbai ended with 178/4.
Relief for Morkel:
Morne Morkel, who would like to delete away his bowling figures for the match for the utter disdain he was meted out by Mumbai batsman, finally salvaged some pride after getting rid of Rohit Sharma, who scored 49 of 32 balls. Trying to further up the ante, he miscued an attempted lofted shot and was caught by Venugopal Rao in the third-man.
Mumbai Indians: A Blizzard, S R Tendulkar, AT Rayudu, RG Sharma, KA Pollard, A Symonds, TL Suman, Harbhajan Singh, DS Kulkarni, MM Patel, SL Malinga
Delhi Daredevils: DA Warner, V Sehwag, NV Ojha, Y Nagar, Y Venugopal Rao, CA Ingram, JR Hopes, IK Pathan, M Morkel, AB Agarkar, S Nadeem