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Simmons, Pollard set up Mumbai's 146-run demolition of Delhi

Wisden India logo Wisden India 07-05-2017 Karthik Lakshmanan

West Indian power-hitting came to the fore in the form of Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard before Mumbai Indians’ bowling might took over, as they trounced Delhi Daredevils by a massive 146 runs – the biggest margin in Indian Premier League history - at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Saturday (May 6).

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Simmons, who replaced Jos Buttler for his first match of the season, smashed 66 off 43 while Pollard hammered 63 off 35 to power Mumbai to 212 for 3 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first. Mumbai’s bowlers then had a field day and destroyed Delhi’s batting unit, sending them crashing to 66 all out in just 13.4 overs.

Delhi had chased down 209 easily against Gujarat Lions just two days back, but Mumbai showed their bowling superiority. The all-round show confirmed Mumbai’s place in the final four, and sent Delhi one step closer to an early elimination.

Mumbai's batting was filled with calypso power, with Simmons dominating in the first half before passing on the baton to Pollard. Simmons, having warmed the benches so far, understandably took a while to get going but once he smashed 13 runs off the third over, bowled by Kagiso Rabada, his intention was very clear.

Soon, the swashbuckling strokeplay was in full display as Simmons got into the groove. With minimal footwork but quick hands, Simmons took the pacers apart and dominated the Power Play in which Mumbai scored 60 without any loss.

However, with Amit Mishra gaining turn and Parthiv Patel being relatively slow at the other end before perishing eventually for a 22-ball 25, Mumbai mustered only 24 runs off the next four overs.

A score of 84 for 1 after 10 overs is very good on any venue, but given the high-scoring ground that Feroz Shah Kotla has been this season, Mumbai still had a lot of work to do. They realised that quickly and promoted Pollard to No. 3 and reaped rewards immediately.

Pollard had a tough examination first up against Mishra, but he made light work of it by smashing the legspinner for two sixes to get off the mark with. Simmons, meanwhile, helped himself to a few more boundaries and crossed the half-century mark off 37 balls before pulling one straight to short fine-leg in the 12th over.

Pollard, though, carried on, having fun at the expense of Mishra. The pitch did offer turn but Pollard planted his front foot forward and took the spin out of equation by hitting straight, high into the night sky and deep into the stands. There was also the occasional cheeky paddle shot as Mumbai raced to 148 for 2 by 15 overs.

It set them up perfectly for a massive score, and although Mumbai lost Rohit Sharma in the 16th, Pollard carried on in the company of Hardik Pandya to power them past 200. All of Delhi’s bowlers – barring the impressive Rabada – leaked runs, with Cummins in particular having a nightmare conceding 59 runs from his four overs. It included a 23-run final over that gave Mumbai all the momentum going into the innings break.

Delhi would have still had belief especially after chasing down a similar target against Gujarat Lions a couple of days back. For that, though, Delhi needed a good start but what they got was the exact opposite – Mumbai’s pacers ran through the top order to dash hopes.

It started with Sanju Samson flicking the very first ball off Lasith Malinga to the only man deep on the leg side. Shreyas Iyer followed in the next over when he top-edged a short ball from Mitchell McClenaghan to mid-wicket.

Much depended on the young shoulders of Rishabh Pant, but the 19-year-old couldn’t reproduce his heroics against Gujarat; he was outfoxed by a slower ball from Jasprit Bumrah which was hit to deep mid-wicket. It meant both the stars from the previous game – Samson and Pant – fell without scoring.

Karun Nair played a few cheeky shots before perishing to Harbhajan Singh, while Corey Anderson showed no intent to stretch the game and holed out to deep mid-wicket. By the end of the Power Play, Delhi were 35 for 5 – down and out, and waiting for the inevitable which was hastened by Harbhajan and Karn Sharma.

Most wickets in the IPL

BowlerMatchesWicketsAverageERBestTeams
Lasith Malinga10515118.476.845-13Mumbai Indians
Amit Mishra12313323.927.355-17Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Harbhajan Singh13412726.116.915-18Mumbai Indians
Piyush Chawla12612325.917.624-17Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders
Dwayne Bravo10612222.588.194-22Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Lions, Mumbai Indians

Biggest margins of victory by runs in the IPL

MarginTargetWinnerOppositionVenueSeason
146 runs213Mumbai IndiansDelhi DaredevilsNew Delhi2017
144 runs249Royal Challengers BangaloreGujarat LionsBangalore2016
140 runs223Kolkata Knight RidersRoyal Challengers BangaloreBangalore2008
138 runs227Royal Challengers BangaloreKings XI PunjabBangalore2015
130 runs264Royal Challengers BangalorePune WarriorsBangalore2013
111 runs233Kings XI PunjabRoyal Challengers BangaloreDharamsala2011

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