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IPL 10, Match 45, Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians – Mumbai Indians Player Ratings

Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season.

Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians
Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians celebrates fall of Rishabh Pant’s wicket. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

When Pat Cummins was bowling the 17th over and Mumbai Indians had already put up 160 runs on the scoreboard, everyone in the commentary box thought that they should get to 200. Soon they came to the conclusion that if they manage to get to 200, it would be ‘Mission Impossible’ for Delhi Daredevils.

212 was not quite a ‘chaseable’ total on Feroz Shah Kotla ground, but at least some sort of fight and resilience was expected from the Delhi Daredevils. But in return, they chose to add to the humiliation of their fans, by getting ‘bundled up’ for just 5 and a half dozen runs.

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Delhi’s batting had no reply to the onslaught by Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, and Karn Sharma. Chasing a mammoth total of 212, they managed to engrave their name in the record books, by losing by the biggest margin in the IPL ever.

Here are the Mumbai Indians player ratings for the DD v MI encounter:

1. Parthiv Patel – 7/10

Parthiv Patel played a handy knock of 25 runs in 22 deliveries, giving the away team a good start. His innings comprises of 3 boundaries. He was not finding his usual flair in the beginning, which resulted in often-mistimed shots. He was out stumped by Amit Mishra while stepping down the track to hit a six. He did not read the googly, and Rishabh Pant made no mistakes behind the stumps.

2. Lendl Simmons – 9.5/10

What more can you expect? Whenever Simmons has been employed to do a job by MI, he has done no harm to his side’s reputation. Saturday was no exception, as Mumbai hardly missed Buttler in the opening of the innings. An innings that comprises of 5 boundaries and 4 sixes showed that he is no less than any big-hitting opener in the world. Scoring at a strike rate of over 150, he scored 66 runs, the same numbers runs scored by DD, in just 43 deliveries. He should have got 10 on 10, but the cheap way in which he handed his wicket to Corey Anderson is the reason why one mark has been cut off.

3. Rohit Sharma – 4/10

He did not do anything special with the bat, scoring just 10 runs in 6 balls. He gave away his wicket to Rabada after top-edging the bouncer right into the hands of short third-man Amit Mishra. He got 4 because of good efforts in the field, and a spectacular catch in slip to dismiss Samuels.

4. Kieron Pollard – 9/10

Once he covered his lips with duct-tape as an act of protest against the umpire. This time, he chose to cover the lips of all haters with the duct tape, who had been criticizing him. 63 runs of 35 balls, which includes 5 fours and 4 humongous sixes, one of which landed in the top tier of the Kotla Stadium, and a superb-as-usual effort in the field has earned him full marks. Amit Mishra may have nightmares tonight, and the reason behind this is the West Indian monster among men, Kieron Pollard. He was hitting sixes all over the park, as if Kotla was his backyard. We are up for more fireworks this season.

5. Hardik Pandya – 9/10

Another brilliant effort from the Indian youngster. He finished off the Mumbai Indians innings on a high note, scoring 29 runs in just 14 deliveries. Though Shreyas Iyer dropped his catch, but that does not take the credit away from him. He bowled just a one over and gave away a couple of runs, adding to his all-around performance.

6. Nitish Rana – 2/10

Rana had nothing to do today with the bat. In the field, he got one opportunity, which after 2-3 fumbles, he grabbed comfortably.

7. Karn Sharma – 9/10

Karn Sharma was brilliant with the ball. He took the wickets of Marlon Samuels, Kagiso Rabada and the skipper Zaheer Khan. In 3.4 overs, he gave away just 11 runs. What is more surprising is that out of the 22 balls he has bowled, 14 were dots. He partnered Harbhajan Singh in the spin attack against Delhi.

8. Harbhajan Singh – 9.5/10

It was a night-spent-well for the veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh. Picking up the wickets of Karun Nair, Pat Cummins, and Mohammed Shami, he showed an ideal example of spin bowling. Maintaining a miser economy rate of 5.50, he bowled 15 dot deliveries in 4 overs.

9. Jasprit Bumrah – 8/10

Not much to cheer about for the Yorker-specialist of India, as the majority of work was done by the spinners. But in his single over, he managed to get his name on the list of wicket-takers, picking up the wicket of the dangerous and in-form Rishabh Pant. A slower short ball did the trick for him. Except that, he had no contribution in the game.

10. Lasith Malinga – 10/10

When Kieron Pollard was looking to settle the scores with the critics, Malinga too was in a mood to do so. Out of the 12 balls he had bowled, 10 were dots. And yes, he bowled in the Powerplay. He also picked up the wickets of Shreyas Iyer and Corey Anderson. That makes his 10/10 completely justifiable.

11. Mitchell McClenaghan – 7/10

He was the only bowler for Mumbai who was expensive. He gave more than 1/4th of the runs that Delhi managed to score. But he is the one who set the pace right from the beginning when he got inform Sanju Samson out in the very first bowl of the innings. After that, he chose to remain quiet and enjoy the onslaught by the rest of his talented colleagues.

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