Daredevils cruise to 7 wicket victory
The Delhi Daredevils moved back to the top of the IPL table with an easy 7 wicket victory over the Mumbai Indians at Buffalo Park in East London.
Delhi achieved the victory target of 117 runs with 7 balls to spare as de Villiers remained unbeaten on a 38-ball 50 that was studded with a six and 6 fours to take his team to the top of the points table. Ashish Nehra was adjudged the Man of the Match for taking 2 wickets.
Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 2 fours in his 19-ball 17 before he was caught behind by keeper Pinal Shah off Lasith Malinga.
Mumbai were threatening to make it difficult for Delhi till de Villiers hit 3 fours and a six in one over by Sachin Tendulkar.
Delhi Daredevils were 52/2 in 10 overs.
David Warner hit a six in his 30-ball 21 before Jean Paul Duminy struck in his first over. Warner charged down the pitch to a flighted delivery, missed the off-break and got stumped by Pinal Shah.
In the next over, Harbhajan Singh had Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir caught at deep extra cover by Luke Ronchi. Gambhir hit 2 fours in his 19-run knock that came off 23 balls.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians were bundled out for 117 runs in 20 overs.
The start of the match was delayed by ten minutes due to rain after Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and chose to bat.
Bhatia took 3 wickets, while Ashish Nehra and Nannes took 2 wickets each as none of the Mumbai batsmen showed application to stay at the crease.
Mumbai got off to a disastrous start as they lost two wickets in the first over, with both of their openers falling for ducks.
Luke Ronchi, playing this match in place of Sanath Jayasuriya, was run out on the second ball by a direct hit from David Warner and four deliveries later, Jean Paul Duminy edged a Dirk Nannes delivery to keeper Dinesh Karthik for the catch.
Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar came in to bat at number four and hit 2 fours in his 14-ball 15 before he too was run out. Tendulkar edged a Pradeep Sangwan delivery behind the wicket and went for a run not knowing where the ball went. Karthik picked up the ball and made a direct hit to run out Tendulkar and reduce Mumbai to 30/3.
Mumbai lost their fourth wicket when Rajat Bhatia struck in his first over by having Pinal Shah (11) caught at long-on by Amit Mishra.
Dwayne Bravo and Abhishek Nayar added 57 runs for the fifth wicket to save Mumbai from total embarrassment.
Bravo hit 2 sixes and 2 fours in his 30-ball 35 before he was caught behind by Karthik off Nannes.