Sehwag returns to form against Mumbai Indians (Lead)

May 21st, 2009 - 10:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Virender Sehwag Centurion, May 21 (IANS) Virender Sehwag returned to form with a brisk half-century ahead of the semi-finals as Delhi Daredevils defeated Mumbai Indians by four wickets in an inconsequential Indian Premier League match here Thursday.
Chasing 166, Delhi Daredevils were cruising along with Sehwag (50 off 27 balls) and Tillakaratne (24 off 14 balls) adding a quickfire 40 runs after Gautam Gambhir’s well-made 47, but Harbhajan Singh (4-17) revived Mumbai’s fortunes with a four-wicket burst.

Daredevils survived the mini collapse and reached the target with 16 balls to spare with Dinesh Karthik (13) hitting a four and six off Jean Paul Duminy.

Sehwag batted himself down the order allowing Gambhir and Australian David Warner to open the batting.

Gambhir and Warner scored 36 in 21 balls before the latter was dismissed by Dhawal Kulkarani.

Sehwag came and immediately blasted Kulkarni for three fours. Together with Gambhir, he added 78 runs before the left-hander was out to Lasith Malinga, three short of his half-century. His 38-ball innings had seven fours.

In-form Dilshan joined Sehwag and he hooked Malinga for a six in the same over.

Mumbai Indians raced to the target with Sehwag punishing Sanath Jayasuriya for an inside-out four and a straight six.

Dilshan seemed to be in a hurry to finish the match as he dispatched Malinga for a six and two fours in the next over.

Harbhajan’s next over turned the tables as Dilshan skied a catch attempting a slog-sweep.

Harbhajan bowled Sehwag, who hit five fours and two sixes, in the next ball but could not complete the hattrick.

The off-spinner was once again on a hattrick when he dismissed AB de Villiers and Rajat Bhatia in the 17th over.

Karthik settled the nerves when he finished the match in Duminy’s next over.

Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane hit 56 and captain Sachin Tendulkar 46 for Mumbai Indians.

Rahane stroked five boundaries and two sixes in 41 balls while Tendulkar cracked eight boundaries.

The two revived the innings after Mumbai was reduced to 3-28 in the fifth over.

Dirk Nannes was again Daredevils best bowler, taking 3-27 in four overs. He was well supported by seamer Pradeep Sangwan, who returned figures of 2-28.

Delhi finished at the top of IPL standings with 20 points from 10 wins, while Mumbai Indians lay at seventh position with 11 points.

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