Mumbai quash Daredevils by 32 runs

Published: Sunday, May 8, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Mumbai quash Daredevils by 32 runs

Delhi's chase began on a disastrous note with Harbhajan Singh trapping David Warner in front for 1 in the first over before Lasith Malinga bowled Colin Ingram for the same score in the second. But Delhi's worst over was yet to come when in the third, Munuf Patel induced Virender Sehwag to sky one right into the hands of Rohit Sharma before Naman Ojha was caught behind. Delhi were in tatters at 7/4 at that point.

Then the Daredevils' James Hopes took the bull by the horns, smashing Kulkarni for two fours in the 6th over and subjecting Munaf to similar treatment in the 7th as the score moved onto 33/4 in 7 overs. Then after Hopes carted Malinga away for another four, he was dropped at the fine-leg boundary despite a valiant effort from Munaf.

Hopes kept pummeling away, getting Bhajji away for a boundary in the 9th over and Kieron Pollard to the fence twice in consecutive balls in the following over as the Daredevils score ticked over 50. Then Hopes' partner Venugopal Rao got into the act, smacking Andrew Symonds for a four and then teaming up with Hopes to each knock a boundary of Pollard in the 12th over.

A bumper 13th over followed with the batting duo taking 15 runs including two fours and a six. But in the very next over, Venugopal Rao was bowled by a yorker from Kulkarni. The batsman was on his way for 37 off 27 balls as the Daredevils had reached 94/5 in 13.4 overs. 

Then Irfan Pathan joined Hopes at the crease and immediately after the Daredevils crossed 100 in the 16th over, tried to launch an assault. The two clobbered Munaf for three fours, taking the score to 114/5 before Pathan smashed Bhajji for two more boundaries in the following over. But just two balls later, Hopes was run out and Yogesh Nagar was caught off Harbhajan in the next ball as the visitors slipped to 123/7.

Pathan was the next to depart, getting bowled by Malinga for 23 off 18 balls. Ajit Agarkar and Morkel struck a couple of fours between them, but that was all they could manage before Pollard dismissed Morkel and Nadeem in the last over.

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