Pretoria, South Africa: Man-of-the-match Virender Sehwag hit 50 and Gautam Gambhir added 47 to steer the Delhi Daredevils to a four-wicket victory over the Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match on Thursday.
Sehwag’s timely return to form saw him blast five boundaries and and two sixes in 27 balls at Centurion Park, sharing a second wicket partnership of 68 with Gambhir (47 off 38 balls) to set a platform for Delhi’s successful run chase after Mumbai scored 165-8 from its 20 overs.
Delhi openers Gambhir and David Warner (15) put on 36 runs for the first wicket before Warner went in the fourth over in a bizarre dismissal. In an attempt to hit the ball off Dhawal Kulkarni, the bat flew out of Warner’s hand and the ball was easily caught by Mohammad Ashraful at extra cover.
Gambhir, who hit seven boundaries, departed in the 12th over coming down the wicket to Lasith Malinga. He failed to make a decent connection and was caught at third man by Ashraful.
Offspinner Harbhajan Singh bowled brilliantly for Mumbai, mixing up his deliveries to keep the batsmen guessing and returned figures of 2-17 in four overs.
He too two wickets with successive balls in both the 15th and 17th overs.
First, Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had added 24 runs, failed to get a good connection and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Pinal Shah. Next ball, Singh bowled Sehwag with a fuller, turning ball.
Singh then returned in the 17th over to dismiss A.B de Villiers (6) and Rajat Bhatia (2).
But Amit Mishra (13 not out) maintained his composure to lead Delhi home with 15 balls to spare.
Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane had top-scored with 56 for Mumbai while captain Sachin Tendulkar added 46 to help Mumbai to 165-8.
Opening bowler Dirk Nannes was Delhi’s best bowler, bowling with pace and bounce to take 3-27 in four overs. He was well supported by seamer Pradeep Sangwan, who returned figures of 2-28.