Capital punishment for hapless Mumbai

  • Anand Sachar/Abhijeet Kulkarni, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Apr 17, 2012 02:10 IST
  • Mahela Jayawardene

    Mahela Jayawardene, second left, of Delhi Daredevils shakes hands with teammate Ross Taylor after their win during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against ...

  • Virender Sehwag

    Delhi Daredevils Virender Sehwag plays a shot against Mumbai Indians during their IPL-5 match in Mumbai. PTI Photo/Shirish Shete

  • Pragyan Ojha

    Mumbai Indians Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma celebrate the Delhi Daredevils Virender Sehwags wicket during the IPL T20 match between Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils ...

  • Virender Sehwag

    Delhi Daredevils captian Virender Sehwag bats during the IPL T20 match between Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. HT Photo/Sattish Bate

  • Harbhajan Singh

    Mumbai Indians captian Harbhajan Singh in action during the IPL T20 match between Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. HT Photo ...

  • Ross Taylor

    Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag (L) celebrates with team mates Ross Taylor (2 R), Morne Morkel (R) and Naman Ojha after the wicket of Mumbai ...

  • Harbhajan Singh

    Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh plays a shot during the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium in ...

  • Umesh Yadav

    Delhi Daredevils Umesh Yadav celebrate the Mumbai Inadians Rohit Sharmas wicket during the IPL T20 match between Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede Stadium ...

  • Rohit Sharma

    Mumbai Indians batsman Rohit Sharma in action during the IPL T20 match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. HT Photo ...

  • Umesh Yadav

    Delhi Daredevils Nadeem and Umesh Yadav celebrate the dismissal of Richard Levi of Mumbai Indians during their IPL 5 match in Mumbai on Monday. PTI ...

Two genuine quicks who regularly clock above 145kph, a medium-pacer who has regained his ability to swing the ball and a rookie spinner with no burden of expectations decided to enjoy themselves every time they ran in to bowl.

 In a format that is considered batsmen-friendly, the Delhi Daredevils' bowling quartet overshadowed the explosive batting line-up of the Virender Sehwag-led side. For the second time in four games, the opposition failed to score at run-a-ball against them. The efforts became special as the earlier one was against two-time champions Chennai Super Kings.
 
Batting low
On Monday, the Daredevils bowled out the hosts for a meagre 92, their second-lowest total in the IPL. Delhi hardly broke sweat in overhauling the total with seven wickets and 32 balls to spare. With Lasith Malinga not playing, the MI bowling was unable to put any pressure on the Daredevils.

The manner in which the MI wickets tumbled was testimony to the variety in the Daredevils' bowling attack. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem shattered the woodwork of openers Richard Levi and Davy Jacobs with the arm ball, Umesh Yadav hurried Dinesh Karthik into playing a pull while Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard were done in by the bounce.

Had a half-a-dozen edges that flew over or around the wicket-keeper been at catching distance, the scorecard would have looked like a binary code.

Clear gameplan
But despite the edges resulting in boundaries, the Daredevils' think-tank needs to be credited for the attacking intent that is showing results.

Team mentor TA Sekar said the rationale behind the gameplan was that containing the batsmen in this format was next to impossible. "I told the bowlers I won't mind if they go for runs but I need two wickets from them. Taking a wicket is like giving 6 or 7 runs in an over."

The bowling unit knows there will be bad days in office. But they are unlikely to alter their policy of "offence is the best defence".

With an easy target ahead, Sehwag for once batted calmly, taking 36 deliveries to score 32.

Their three foreign batting stalwarts, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor, in his first game after recovering from an arm fracture, all got a look-in before easing to victory.

 

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