Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 146 runs, reach play-offs

by Jared Lewis May 7, 2017, 0:44
Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 146 runs, reach play-offs

Although Delhi have won their last two matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions in style, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians are unlike those teams. Fellow spinner Harbhajan Singh also chipped in with three wickets, going for 22 runs, while Sri Lanka quick Lasith Malinga took two wickets from his two overs for the loss of just five runs.

With this thumping win, Mumbai also set the record for the biggest win margin in the history of the cash-rich league.

The Daredevils batting line-up was blown away just two days after chasing down 209 against the Lions at the same venue.

Delhi need to win at least three of their remaining four games to stay in contention. Having won eight of their 10 matches, Rohit Sharma-led side looked to have the flawless balance in batting and bowling.

Mumbai with 16 points from 10 matches have already assured themselves a berth in a play off and any adverse result against Delhi Daredevil will not have any serious negative impact on their campaign but the hosts does not enjoy that luxury as they have exactly fifty percent less points than their rivals despite having played equal number of games.

Pacer Mitchell McClenaghan was back among the wickets again against RCB, taking his overall tally to 15 to be the team's leading wicket-taker. It was imperative for Mumbai to get to a flyer, considering even 208 was not safe on this ground. He got out against the run of play in the 13th over, but it didn't matter much as the mantle was taken over by Pollard, who provided finishing touches to the innings.

Here, we look at three players who you should look at picking in your fantasy team for this encounter, including our pick for your Power Player. The Trinidadian did not disappoint his skipper and with fellow compatriot Simmons, added quick-fire 37 off 23 balls. A different role for him this year to bat at No 4 and he has been brilliant.

Simmons, whose whirlwind innings comprised four sixes and five boundaries, fell to a rather ordinary ball bowled by Corey Anderson as he picked Marlon Samuels at short fine leg. Pant tried to pull Jasprit Bumrah but found Simmons' safe hands instead and had to walk back on a third-ball duck. Then came the explosion.

Asked to bat, Simmons and Parthiv Patel (25) gave the visitors a flying start, putting up 79 runs for the first wicket in 8.4 overs.

Meanwhile Pollard completed his fifty in 29 balls with a powerful straight drive off Cummins.

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