DareDevils close in on Semis
The Delhi Daredevils survived a top-order collapse to beat lackluster Mumbai Indians by five wickets to keep their semis hopes alive in the Indian Premier League.
Dinesh Karthik (56*) took the full advantage of Mumbai's sloppy fielding to see Delhi home at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Virender Sehwag, who was looking in great touch, had his leg-stump distorted by a quick delivery from Ashish Nehra. Sehwag contributed 18 off just 6 balls.
Andre Nel, who was included in the Mumbai side, did not disappoint and straightaway got rid of Gautam Gambhir in his first over of IPL. Gambhir made 19 runs before being caught out by Dwayne Smith off Nel.
Dwayne Smith claimed Shikhar Dhawan and Tillakaratne Dilshan in successive deliveries to pressure on Delhi. Manoj Tiwary and Dinesh Karthik showed great character to take Delhi to comfortable position, when a huge mix-up saw Tiwary walking back to the pavilion.
Earlier, Jayasuriya's 42-ball 66 powered Mumbai Indians to 176 for 8 in their crucial Indian Premier League match against the Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.
It was the vintage Jayasuriya stuff on full display at the Feroz Shah Kotla as the swashbuckler butchered the Daredevils attack before compatriot Tillakratne Dilshan caught him in the deep to bring relief to the home camp.
Late bloomer Robin Uthappa came up with a handy 23-ball 42 (5x4,2x6) to swell the tally.
Virender Sehwag's decision to invite the Mumbai Indians take first strike apparently boomeranged with fours and sixes flowing at an alarming rate from Jayasuriya’s blazing blade.
Jayasuriya showed how much he loathes to play second fiddle to anyone, even if it's Sachin Tendulkar (18), and the Sri Lankan completely outshone his illustrious partner at the non-striker's end, who dealt mostly in pushes and nudges, punctuated by the occasional boundary.
Brett Geeves bore the brunt of Jayasuriya’s early wrath before the left-hander trained his gun on V Yomahesh. He smote the pacer for back-to-back sixes and followed it up with a boundary before Yomahesh pushed one through Tendulkar's gate to drop curtains on the burgeoning stand which had yielded 70 runs in just over seven overs.
Jayasuriya, however, remained his nonchalant self as he set the Daredevils on a leather-hunt attack, sending Amit Mishra to the stand as Mumbai cruised to the 100-mark in the 12th over. Mishra finally had his man in the 14th over when Jayasuriya perished at long off after a violent 42-ball knock, sprinkled with six boundaries and five sixes.
Uthappa was slow to get off the block but he redeemed himself with back-to-back fours off Geeves before hitting three boundaries on the trot off Glenn McGrath. In the final over, Uthappa hit Yomahesh for two successive sixes as the Mumbai side crossed the 175-mark.
Yomahesh claimed 4 for 36 from his four overs.