New Delhi, Apr 27: An impressive all-round performance helped Delhi Daredevils retain their top position in the points table as Virender Sehwag and Co beat Mumbai Indians by 37 runs at the Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi on Friday.
In reply to Delhi's 207/5, Mumbai Indians struggled early on after wickets fell at regular intervals and ended up scoring to 170/9 in 20 overs.
In a return leg match, Delhi managed to overpower Mumbai once again to go three points clear at the top of the table. Daredevils have now won six in eight games with 12 points while Mumbai remain at seventh spot.
Delhi Daredevils batsmen proved match-winners once again as three world class batsmen scored fifties. Virender Sehwag, who became the third batsman to score three consecutive fifties in IPL, was adjudged man of the match.
Mumbai Indians top-order batsmen slumped again after losing three quick wickets for just 19 runs. Sachin Tendulkar's(7) innings was cut-short by Morne Morkel while Irfan Pathan dismissed opener Aiden Blizzard (0) and Rohit Sharma(12).
Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik lifted the visitors hope with a steady 96 run stand for the fourth wicket after early shocks. Veteran pacer Ajit Agarkar bowled out Karthik who scored 40 off 28 balls with 7 fours.
A few overs later, Delhi's spin sensation Shahbaz Nadeem claimed the dangerous Ambati Rayudu (39-ball 62) who smashed three sixes and five boundaries. Nadeem bowled out all-rounder Kieron Pollard to bring Delhi closer to victory.
Delhi Daredevils innings report:
Mumbai bowlers were helpless as Daredevils skipper Sehwag and Jayawardene scored 135 for the opening stand. Sehwag (39-ball 73) smashed eight fours and four sixes while Jayawardene(55-off 42 balls) scored his first fifty this season with eight fours to post the second highest total this season.
Sehwag found himself lucky at 40 after Mumbai wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik missed an easy stumping.Mumbai spinner Robin Petersen claimed both openers after a firing century stand between them. Pietersen's unbeaten half century helped Delhi pass the 200-run mark smashing six fours and three sixes.
The stylish English batsman and Ross Taylor(15) added a crucial 16-ball 41 partnership for the fourth wicket before Lasith Malinga striked twice to dismiss Taylor and Yogesh Nagar(0) in two balls.
Mumbai's all-rounder Robin Petersen claimed three wickets while skipper Harbhajan Singh continued his poor show with figures of none for 42.
Mumbai pacer Lasith Malinga's return couldn't stop Sehwag and Jaywardene at the start but claimed two quick wickets in the 19th over.
Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh won the toss and elected to field first against Delhi Daredevils in game 36 of IPL 5 at the Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.
For the first time in IPL 5, the Daredevils were to put to bat. Sehwag and Co have made a change, leaving out left-arm spinner Pawan Negi and veteran medium-pacer Ajit Agarkar comes in.
For the Mumbai Indians, pacer Lasith Malinga returns after suffering a back injury while injured James Franklin is replaced by Aiden Blizzard.
Mumbai will aim to take revenge against a strong Daredevils side after suffering a humiliating defeat in the first leg on April 16.
Delhi start favourites with five wins in seven games while Mumbai sit on seventh in the points table.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
Third umpire: Anil Chowdhury (India)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (India)