MUMBAI, April 9: Some big hitting by Dinesh Karthik (86, 48 balls, 14 fours, two sixes) and Rohit Sharma (74 not out,50 balls, four fours, five sixes) helped Mumbai Indians recover from one for two to finish its 20 overs at 209 for five in the Pepsi Indian Premier League derby against the Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
After winning the toss, Mumbai Indians was quickly on the backfoot, losing the wickets of openers, skipper Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar in the first two overs. Ponting was lured by Irfan Pathan to drive to captain Mahela Jayawardena at mid-off off the final delivery of the first over. And in the next over, Dinesh Karthik sent back Tendulkar after playing an off-drive, Jayawardena swooped on the ball and effected a run out with a direct hit.
After that, it was the Mumbai Indians batting that held centrestage. Karthik and Rohit Sharma shared a 132-run third-wicket stand off 79 deliveries. Karthik was the dominant partner but after his fall to Morne Morkel in the 15th over, Rohit Sharma stole the thunder with lusty blows. He was assisted by Ambati Rayudu (24, eight balls, two fours, two sixes).
The Delhi Daredevils faces an asking rate of 10.5 runs an over.
Delhi Daredevils made three changes to the side that played the first two games this season. Kedar Jadhav was picked as a middle-order batsman and would keep wickets in place of Naman Ojha while left-handed batsman and leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis replaced Johan Botha and paceman Morne Morkel took Andre Russell’s spot in the XI.
Mumbai Indians has two points from as many games while Delhi Daredevils is looking for its first win in three starts.