East London: The Delhi Daredevils surged to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after crushing the Mumbai Indians by seven wickets on Friday.
Delhi’s sixth win in eight matches moved them one point clear of the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals. Mumbai are second from bottom in the table and in danger of missing out on the semi-finals.
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After skittling Mumbai for 116, the Daredevils scored 118 for three with seven balls to spare.
|Teams||Played||Won||Lost||No Result||Points||Net Run Rate|
|Chennai Super Kings||9||5||3||1||11||+1.28|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||9||5||4||0||8||-0.39|
|Kings XI Punjab||9||4||5||0||8||-0.52|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||9||1||7||1||3||-1.09|
Delhi’s victory was built around a third-wicket stand of 61 between AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan (17).
Delhi’s road to the top spot was paved in the first over of Mumbai’s dismal innings. AP
De Villiers hit an unbeaten 50 off 38 balls, the South African’s second half-century of the tournament standing alongside one century.
Delhi also received a solid start thanks to a first-wicket partnership of 42 between David Warner (21) and Gautam Gambhir (19).
Warner fell to off-spinner JP Duminy, who returned the economical figures of one for 15 off four overs.
After winning the toss and electing to bat Mumbai slipped to 33 for four following two run-outs and a wicket apiece for left-arm swing bowler Dirk Nannes and seamer Rajat Bhatia.
West Indies all rounder Dwayne Bravo and left-handed Indian batsman Abhishek Nayar (18) then shared a fifth-wicket stand of 57 before the former was caught behind off Nannes for 35.
Bravo’s dismissal sparked a collapse as Mumbai lost six wickets for 26 runs.
Bhatia returned career-best Twenty20 figures of three for 15.