Lowest IPL total for Mumbai Indians is 87 allout against Kings XI Punjab which they were bundled out for in 2011 season at Mohali but today, at home, they disappointed more than 25 thousand die-hard fans who were buzzing at Wankhede stadium, going down badly against some really firey bowling from Delhi Daredevils..
Visitors didn't really cruise pass their negligible target either but 92 from 20 was never going to bother them much. In this seamers game, left arm spinner Shahbaz was named man of the match for his early two wicket haul which arrested initiative for visitors. here's how the story unfolded.
Working on their strategy for the season to blast out oppositions with fast bowlers and chase as often as they can, Delhi captain Virender Sehwag got lucky with the toss and invited Mumbai in. Irfan Pathan soon proved that there was enough encouragement for him on the surface for him to make life nightmare for South African imports Devi Jacobs and Richard Levi. Left arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was benefited by Irfan's swing from other end to dismiss both openers and then Ambati Rayudu sacrificed his wicket in preference to Rohit Sharma who was stroking the ball well but fell to fellow Mumbaikar Ajit Agarkar who himself was playing first game of the season. Allrounders Kieron Pollard and Dinesh Karthik were eaten up by Umesh Yadav before Harbhajan Singh counter attacked a 34 runs stand with Clint McKay. Bhajji's cameo soon came to an end and Mumbai were restricted below hundred mark, the lowest total of the season so far.
Delhi openers too struggled against the bounce and movement Mumbai seamers Munaf Patel and RP Singh extracted off the pitch but few nudges behind the wicket and lack of pressure of asking run rate always kept them ahead in the match, eventually finishing the match with 31 balls remaining, losing only 3 wickets.