IPL 7: MI beat DD by 15 runs; keep their chances for qualifying in the play-offs alive

Nishit Nakar / 24 May 2014

Chasing a target of 173 runs, Delhi Daredevils just managed to score 158/4 against Mumbai Indians (MI) in their 20 allotted overs, thus losing by 15 runs at Wankhede, Mumbai on Friday.
For DD, JP Duminy top scored with 45 runs,while Kevin Pietersen and Manjo Tiwary chipped in with 44 runs and 41 runs respectively. However, this was not enough as DD failed to stop their losing streak.
For MI, Marchant de Langa picked up two wickets, Shreya Goyal and harbhajan Singh pivkrd up a waicket each.
Having being invited to bat first, Mumbai Indians (MI) post a total of against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in thier 20 allotted overs.
For MI, Michael Hussey top scored with a brilliant 56 run innings, while Lendl Simmons and Rohit Sharma chipped in with 35 runs and 30 runs respectively, before a middle-order collapse which saw Mumbai restrcit to .
For DD, Imran Tahir was pick of the bowler returning with 3/37 in his four allotted overs, while Undakat picked up two wickets. Wayne Parnell and Nadeem picked up a wicket each. The other three wickets were run-out.
Earlier, at the toss, Delhi Daredevils captain Kevin Pietersen won the toss and chose to field first on a hot afternoon at the Wankhede Stadium. Kevin Pietersen said the pitch wouldn’t change much over the course of the 40 overs, as it was an afternoon game. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said he would have also fielded, if he won the toss.

On to the team news now where Mumbai Indians gave South African fast bowler Marchant de Lange his first game this season, as out went West Indies seamer Krishmar Santokie. The other change was Harbhajan Singh, returned to the side in place of Pragyan Ojha. Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, made couple of changes as well to strengthened their weak bowling, as they replaced batsman Mayank Agarwal with left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem,while Siddarth Kaul came in for Mohammed Shami.
For Mumbai Indians, who are sixth on table, need to win their remaining matches, and hope other results fall favourably in their favour, to keep their hopes of qualifying for the play-offs alive. Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, are out of race for the playoffs.

Mumbai Indians 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Michael Hussey, 3 Ambati Rayudu, 4 Rohit Sharma (capt), 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Marchant de Lange, 7 Aditya Tare (wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Praveen Kumar.

Delhi Daredevils 1 Manoj Tiwary, 2 M Vijay, 3 Kedar Jadhav, 4 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5 Kevin Petersen (capt), 6 Jean-Paul Duminy, 7 Shahbaz Nadeem, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Imran Tahir, 10 Siddarth Kaul, 11 Jaydev Unadkat.

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