MI eases to a 14-run win despite Rabada and Morris's resistance

Delhi Daredevils was six down for 24 within 10 overs. Despite Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris's defiant seventh-wicket stand of 91 runs, Mumbai Indians sealed the tie by 14 runs.

Mitchell McClenaghan (centre) celebratres with his teammates the dismissial of Corey Anderson.   -  Vivek Bendre

After Delhi Daredevils (DD) won the toss at the Wankhede stadium, skipper Zaheer Khan and his pack of bowlers did their part by restricting Mumbai Indians (MI)

Amit Mishra stood out with his control and trickery (4-1-18-2) fooling Krunal Pandya with a googly. South African pacer Kagiso Rabada, who made his IPL debut, yorked Parthiv Patel and ran out Harbhajan Singh in follow-through. The home team scrambled to 142-8 in 20 overs.

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DD’s batting frailties were exposed once again, till an audacious recovery was orchestrated by a defiant Rabada (44 off 39 balls), in a 91-run seventh wicket stand with Chris Morris (52 not out off 41balls). The South Africans took DD 27 runs away from victory, before the former lost his stumps at 115-7. MI bowlers held their nerves to win by 14 runs, the visiting team ended at 128-7 in 20 overs. The host now has six wins.

After leg-spinner Mishra’s masterclass, MI discovered a match-winner in pacer Mitchell McClenaghan. The New Zealander blew away the top half for 21 runs. None of the first six visiting batsmen reached two digits.  Hardik Pandya’s run out of opener Aditya Tare on the fifth ball set off a chain reaction. Batsmen, who followed, crumbled under pressure. Sanju Samon (nine runs), Karun Nair (five), Shreyas Iyer (six), Corey Anderson (zero) and Rishabh Pant (zero) went back in a procession.

Setting a target was new for MI this season after its five wins chasing down target in masterly fashion. Rabada struck an early blow  in over number two on IPL debut for the visiting team. Sanju came up with a stunning pick-up and dive to run out the rampaging Jos Buttler.  DD's hopes rose when in-form Nitish Rana fell for eight.

Kieron Pollard watched in dismay from the non-striker's end as captain Rohit Sharma fell to Mishra for five runs. Mishra, crafty on a track aiding turn, nailed ambitious Krunal Pandya with a googly. DD then got rid of Pollard for 26.

MI lost half its side for 84 runs with seven overs left. The stage was set for a round of big-hitting after Mishra completed his quota (4-1-18-2).