Mumbai Indians maintained their winning streak in IPL 2017 tournament as they notched up their sixth win (fourth at home) on the trot. And this time, it came in a low scoring tie against Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede on Saturday. The Rohit Sharma-led side won by 14 runs.
It was Mumbai's bowling that did the magic this time. Having reduced Delhi — chasing 143 to win — to 24/6, the hosts choked their opponents and did not let them score even when they recovered from their disastrous start to the chase.
The seventh wicket stand of 91 runs between league debutant Kagiso Rabada (44) and Chris Morris went in vain as the visitors were restricted to 128 for seven in 20 overs.
Earlier, the Mumbai pacers blew away the Delhi top order on a track that supported good pace and bounce. After Delhi opener Aditya Tare was run out in the first over, the following five batsmen fell one after another.
New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClanaghan sent back the in-form Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer and the dangerous Corey Anderson, before Jaspreet Bumrah scalped the dangerous Rishabh Pant for a nought. Seamer Hardik Pandya made it 24 for six dismissing Karun Nair cheaply.
Put into bat, the Mumbai batsmen failed to put up a strong show for the first time in the tournament. Their big hitters struggled against a disciplined Delhi bowling led by Zaheer Khan.
Had there not been some crucial knocks from Joss Buttler (26) in the beginning, Kieron Pollard (26) in the middle followed by Hardik Pandya (23) at the death, Mumbai would have struggled to cross the 140-run mark.
Carrying on his fine form from the previous game, Buttler dominated from the word go. He went after the fast bowlers relying on his instinct, which got him a few edges off Chris Morris to the boundaries after opener Parthiv Patel was dismissed cheaply by Rabada.
A bad call from Nitish Rana saw Mumbai lose Buttler while stealing a cheeky single. Samson's brilliant direct throw found the English batsman short of his crease.
The in-form Rana, too, fell early to a short one by Pat Cummins. The struggling Sharma again was snared by a leg-spinner when he tried to slog sweep Amit Mishra.
The big man Pollard had to curb his instincts and deal in ones and twos apart mostly. And, Hardik played a responsible knock at the end to guide the team to a competitive total.