Mumbai: Rare is the day that a team recovers from 1 for 2 to post a 200-plus total. Tuesday evening at the Wankhede Stadium saw hosts Mumbai Indians do just that, thanks to blazing fifties from Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma that delivered the highest total of IPL 6.
Delhi Daredevil lost a wicket first ball of their chase thanks to one of the best catches of the modern era from 40-year-old Ricky Ponting, and the visitors wilted under the pressure of a daunting target to end up 44 runs short. The result took Mumbai to top of the table and level on four points with Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Delhi's third consecutive defeat was their heaviest.
Mumbai's inning got off to a terrible start as both openers departed in nine deliveries with a solitary run on the board, but a startling counter-attack from Karthik put Delhi onto the back foot quickly. Ponting was the first to fall for a duck, chipping Irfan Pathan to Mahela Jayawardene at mid-off. In the second over, Jayawardene made his presence felt with a direct hit from the same position to run out Sachin Tendulkar for 1.
But Karthik was not about to back away, and hit three fours in his first 11 balls faced. He then waded into Ashish Nehra in the sixth over with two fours and a six, after which Rohit top-edged a free hit for six over third man. The horse
11:40 PM, Apr 09, 2013