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Mumbai to play for pride against Delhi today

With their semi-final hopes dead and buried, Mumbai Indians will play for pride as they take on table-toppers Delhi Daredevils in their last league encounter of the Indian Premier League in Centurion on Thursday. Listen to podcastaudio | Full Coverage

cricket Updated: May 21, 2009 10:34 IST

With their semi-final hopes dead and buried, Mumbai Indians will play for pride as they take on table-toppers Delhi Daredevils in their last league encounter of the Indian Premier League in Centurion on Thursday.

Languishing at seventh place, Sachin Tendulkar's men will look to end their campaign on a positive note.

Mumbai had made a blistering start to their IPL II campaign when they defeated Chennai Super Kings in the opener but four weeks down the line they find themselves bruised and battered as they could manage only five wins against seven loses to bag 11 points from 13 matches.

They had everything going in their favour. In Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, they had the most explosive top-order opening pair and together with Dwayne Bravo and JP Duminy, the batting looked in good hands.

Even in the bowling department they had all the riches. Zaheer Khan and Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga were armed and ready to wreck havoc with the new ball, while Harbhajan Singh was ready to mesmerise the batsmen with his spin.

But somewhere down the line things didn't go as planned and they find themselves at the bottom half.

In contrast, Delhi Daredevils are sitting pretty relaxed at the top and so far is the only team to make it to the semi-finals, winning nine out of 13 matches and with 18 points in their kitty.