New Delhi: Skipper Virender Sehwag slammed an explosive 73 and shared a scintillating 135-run opening stand with Mahela Jayawardene (55) to lead Delhi Daredevils to a crushing 37-run win over Mumbai Indians in the IPL 5 match at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Saturday.


Delhi put on board a mammoth 207 for five after electing to bat and then restricted Mumbai to 170 for nine to become the only team in the current edition to have scored wins against the same rival both at home and away.

If Delhi out-bowled them in the first leg, the troika of Sehwag, Jayawardene and Pietersen out-batted them in this encounter to help the hosts continue their domination at the top with 12 points eight games.

Mumbai lost their batting mainstay Sachin Tendulkar (7) in the very third over off Morne Morkel’s bowling, offering an easy catch to mid-off.

Rohit Sharma (12) was out in the next over and it became a tall-order for MI batsmen although Ambati Rayudu (62 off 39) and Dinesh Karthik (40 off 28 balls) tried their best with a 95-run fourth wicket partnership.

Once Shahbaz Nadeem (2/35) removed Rayudu and Kieron Pollard (16) in the 16th over, the match was over as a contest.

The day however belonged to the trio of Sehwag, Jayawardene and Pietersen who pulverized MI bowlers with some real power-hitting.

Sehwag who hit eight fours and four sixes added 135 runs for the opening stand with Jayawardene (55 off 42 balls as Mumbai Indian bowlers were sent on a leatherhunt.

Pietersen smashed an unbeaten 50 off 26 balls (6x4, 3x6) towards the end to beef up the total.

Sehwag and Jayawardene batted in contrasting styles yet got runs with consummate ease. While Sehwag made a mockery of the opposition bowlers with his power-hitting, Jayawardene was more intent on caressing the ball to the boundary.

Not to forget Pietersen who scored a 50 off only 26 balls and added 41 runs in only 2.4 overs with Ross Taylor (15) as Daredevils crossed the 200-run mark.

The onslaught started in the third over when Jayawardene decided to launch into Malinga hitting him for three boundaries. A lofted shot over mid-wicket, followed by one past backward square followed by square cut.

In the next over, Jayawardene hit a copybook cover drive and Daredevils were off the blocks. Sehwag who kept quiet after his first boundary then slashed RP Singh over point and lofted him for a straight six – his first of the innings.

A flurry of boundaries followed but the India opener was lucky when Dinesh Karthik missed a easy stumping chance off Robin Peterson bowling.

This was immediately after Sehwag went inside out to hit the left-arm spinner for a big six over long-on. Sehwag’s half century and team’s 100 came in the 11th over where Kieron Pollard was taken apart for 23 runs which included two fours and two sixes by Sehwag.

Earlier, Sindhu showed tremendous grit and maturity beyond her age as she made the fourth seed Chinese work for each point.

Nimble-footed Sindhu turned the heat on the Chinese early in the match and pushed her to commit errors as Jiang kept hitting the shuttle wide to allow the Indian to lead 11-7 in the first game.

Lagging 13-17, Jiang however clawed her way back with a couple of smashes and made it 17-17. Sindhu soon regrouped herself and reeled off three points to get to the game point. The Chinese saved one game point before Sindhu sealed it comfortably.

Stunned by the first game loss, Jiang rushed away to a 11-7 lead at the break. With Sindhu struggling with her strokes and committing unforced errors, Jiang pocketed the second game comfortably to bounce back in the match.

In the decider, Sindhu committed too many unforced errors to allow the Chinese open up a 1-7 lead. The 16-year-old Sindhu tried to mix her strokes and involved her rival in long rallies to narrow the gap to 14-16.

However, the more experienced Jiang held her fort and moved to 20-16. Sindhu saved a couple of match points but it was the Chinese who had the last laugh.


Delhi Daredevils:
Virender Sehwag (captain), Naman Ojha, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ajit Agarkar.

Mumbai Indians:
Aiden Blizzard, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh (captain), Robin Peterson, RP Singh, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Shukla.