Captain Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu played crucial knocks as Mumbai Indians notched up a thrilling five-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in their rain-affected IPL cricket match to jump to the top half of the league table here on Tuesday.
Mumbai struggled early on in their chase of 153 as they were reduced to 8 for 2 in second over but Rohit (46) and Ambati Rayudu (49 not out) shared a 60-run stand for the fifth wicket to repair the innings before Kieron Pollard took them home with three balls to spare with a quick-fire 14-ball 26 not out.
With their fourth win on the trot, Mumbai jumped to fourth spot with 10 points from 10 matches, while Delhi dropped to sixth place with eight points from 10 matches. This was Delhi's sixth loss.
It was a hard-earned victory for Mumbai as they had to build their innings brick-by-brick after early loss of wickets, besides facing rain interruption. Credit must also be given to the bowlers, especially off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who returned with brilliant figures of 2/11 from his four overs to help Mumbai restrict Delhi to 152 for 6.
Delhi's total was boosted by Yuvraj Singh's 57 off 44 balls. Yuvraj came good in style, hitting seven boundaries and two sixes,
Play was interrupted after four overs due to lightening when Mumbai were 25 for 2 with Lendl Simmons (0) and Hardik Pandya (5) already back in the pavilion.
Play resumed after a short while, but rain halted it again after 5.2 overs when Mumbai were 40 for 4. The home side must have felt jittery, being behind on the Duckworth-Lewis par score.
But play did resume after half an hour and Rohit played a steady hand to take the fight to Delhi. His 37-ball knock had two fours and three sixes.Rayudu's unbeaten 49 off 40 balls was laced with four boundaries and a six. Pollard then brought cheer to the home supporters at the Wankhede Stadium with a cameo, hitting three sixes. Mumbai won with three balls to spare.