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Sehwag’s Delhi blow Mumbai away again

NEW DELHI: The batting firepower Delhi have at their disposal seems unreal. It takes just one of the top three to fire and the team can easily cruise to a big total.

When all three sing in tandem, what transpires is the kind of massive total – 207/5 – the 39,000-strong crowd witnessed at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday.

Skipper Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardene and Kevin Pietersen clinically took Mumbai apart after Harbhajan Singh elected to field first. In Mumbai, Delhi gave their opponents an abject lesson in bowling while in the return encounter it was a batting masterclass.

The Mumbai reply never really took off. Aiden Blizzard (0), new Rajya Sabha nominee Sachin Tendulkar (7) and in-form Rohit Sharma (12) were all packed off in the first three overs. Ambati Rayudu (62; 39b, 5×4, 3×6) and Dinesh Karthik (40; 28b, 7×4) kept the visitors in the hunt till the 15th over with 69 still required.

But left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem’s twin strikes off Rayudu and Kieran Pollard (16; 9b) ended whatever little interest remained in the match. Mumbai managed to post 170/9 – substantially more than the 92 they had managed at home – but the 37-run defeat was a comprehensive one.

Earlier, the desperation was obvious in the struggling Mumbai outfit as they rushed their premier bowler Lasith Malinga back into action. The move seemed justified as Sehwag struggled to tackle the extra pace but Delhi found the answer soon after.

Jayawardene (55; 42b, 8×4) took it upon himself to tackle the threat of Malinga. There were no extravagant strokes but classical shots as the Lankan skipper smashed three glorious boundaries in Malinga’s second over.

From then on, Harbhajan looked devoid of any ideas. Sehwag (73; 39b, 8×4, 4×6) needed no second invitation and raced to his third successive fifty in IPL 5 with a huge six off Pollard. The West Indies all-rounder’s night turned sour as he landed awkwardly on his shoulder and injured himself in attempting to pluck a catch at point.

Sehwag and Jayawardene notched up 135 for the opening wicket in just 13.1 overs. Pietersen then carried on his rich vein of form, clobbering a 26-ball 50 (6×4, 3×6).

There was very little Mumbai could do to arrest this onslaught. Even with the addition of Malinga, the bowling attack looked out of depth. Their skipper Harbhajan Singh’s tally now reads one wicket for 206 runs in IPL 5.

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