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28th-Apr-2014

Clinical Delhi win by six wickets to leave Mumbai winless

By Agency

Despite a snail-paced chase of Mumbai Indians' modest 126, Delhi Daredevils won the match by six wickets in 18.5 overs on Sunday.
This was Mumbai's fourth consecutive defeat in this edition of IPL. Delhi chased down the modest target of 126 with seven balls to spare with opener Murali Vijay top-scoring with a 34-ball 40 and captain Kevin Pietersen striking form after an injury lay-off with an unbeaten 26 to notch up their second win of the tournament.
The Pietersen-led side, playing their last match this season at the UAE, wobbled towards the end with JP Duminy (19) and Dinesh Karthik (2) falling in the 16th over at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a small target, Delhi made a decent start with the opening stand between Vijay and Quinton de Kock (16) yielding 34 runs. The partnership ended with Michael Hussey pouncing a brilliant catch at point by diving full length and
low to his left to remove De Kock off the bowling of Corey Anderson.
Vijay then stitched a 45-run stand for the second wicket with Duminy before he was out in the 13th over. Vijay was bowled as he went for an awful slog. He hit four boundaries and a six in his 34-ball knock.
Pietersen, who looked tentative and rusty during his knock of 16 in his first match two days back, steadied Delhi after the quick fall of Duminy and Karthik before steering his side home.
For Mumbai, who are yet to open account, Lasith Malinga took two wickets for 17 runs while Anderson and Rohit Sharma got a wicket each.
Earlier, the Delhi bowlers put up a disciplined bowling display to restrict Mumbai to a modest score. Jaydev Unadkat (2 for 29), Wayne Parnell (1 for 17) and Shahbaz Nadeem shared four wickets between them after Mumbai won the toss and opted to bat.