After capturing the Indian Premier League trophy last season the Mumbai Indians
have slumped to their fourth defeat in four games after suffering a crushing six wicket defeat to Kevin Pietersen's Delhi Daredevils in Sharjah.
The Mumbai Indians possess a hugely talented side but their quality has simply not been in evidence so far. The bowlers are spearheaded by dangerman Lasith Malinga with experienced Zaheer Khan and Harbajhan Singh for back-up. The batsmen are no less talented with captain Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Mike Hussey the main dangers. However, the Indians are struggling to earn their first victory this year and curently sit bottom of the table.
Their latest game highlighted the problems they face as they were unable to post a competitive total against a side who have themselves struggled in the early stages of this year's competition. Only Pollard could muster a score over 30 and with a final run rate of just 6.25 from their 20 overs they were never going to be able to defend a score of just 125-6, even with Lasith Malinga in their bowling line-up.
In reply the Daredevils were never, at any stage, in trouble as they chased down their meagre target. Openers De Kock and Murali Vijay once again produced a solid foundation to the innings as they cautiously, but affectively, set about their target. With the quality of JP Duminy and Pietersen in their ranks they were unlikely to be fazed by such a run chase.
In fact they cruised through to victory, despite Rohit Sharma capturing the wicket of opener, and man of the match, Murali Vijay for a well made 40 and Lasith Malinga dismissing both JP Duminy and Dinesh Karthik. It was left to Kevin Pietersen to see his side home, with an unbeaten 26, with seven balls left. A comfortable margin in the Twenty20 format.
It is not too late for Mumbai to turn around what has been a very disappointing IPL so far but they will need to re-group and re-focus quickly before this campaign turns into a nightmare. After this victory the Delhi Daredevils will look to build on this performance, their second victory of the campaign, as they look to climb the table under captain, and talisman, Pietersen.
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