Tuesday turned out to be a run-feast as all the four teams managed to get a lot on the scoreboard.
The 323 runs scored in Bangalore were outclassed by the evening match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils as the sides amassed a total of 374 runs in front of a packed house.
It wasn’t the start Ricky Ponting,who won the toss and elected to bat first,would have wanted as both he and Sachin Tendulkar were back in the pavilion without making an impression. The crowd was silent after Tendulkar’s run-out but what followed after that was indeed a visual treat.
Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik played one of the finest knocks in the IPl as the duo stitched a match-winning 131-run partnership. Delhi Daredevils’ bowling unit bolstered by Morne Morkel was made to look very ordinary as the fielders were on the leather hunt for most of the match.
Scott Styris on the duo- “Must’ve been some incredible batting from Dinesh Kartik and my ex Deccan boy @ImRo45 last night.”
Three Daredevils went for more than 10 runs per over as the Mumbai batsmen took them on and hit 10 big sixes in their innings. Karthik’s knock was a treat to watch as the right-hander timed the ball to perfection and operated with the precision of a surgeon.
Harsha Bhogle on Karthik’s effort- “long had a soft corner for dinesh karthik. very gifted cricketer. this was a special innings. ideally,a new beginning.”
Journalist Ayaz Memon joined the chorus- “Dinesh Karthik was in astonishing form again. His clean hitting could have been the envy of even Pollard; the orange cap of several others.”
Rohit was not too far behind as the elegant batsman did the majority of six-hitting as he launched five hits into the stands. The Daredevils looked a very ordinary unit,courtesy some extraordinary play by Mumbai.
One expected fireworks from the other dug out but the tourists were not upto the task and fell short by 44 runs. The Daredevils got off to a poor start as they lost opener Unmukt Chand in the first ball of the run-chase. Mahela Jayawardene,too,didn’t last long and was back early.
Stats check: 3 ducks in 7 innings for Unmukt Chand (including two golden ducks). His scores so far in the IPL – 0,2 (2011),18,18 (2012),0,23,0 (2013).
It seemed David Warner and Manpreet Juneja will pull of a huge upset but Warner couldn’t bat through as the aggressive southpaw made the long walk back after a brisk 61.
After that,it was a mere formality to complete the match. The tail did wag but their wag was not good enough for this total. Yet to register a win,Daredevils’ unit will have to get their act right in the next match.