Insipid batting from Mumbai coupled with a clinical performance from Delhi saw the former virtually relegated to the bottom half of the points table of the IPL 2 in South Africa.
Mumbai painted a rather sorry picture of themselves at Buffalo Park, East London, as they left out Sanath Jayasuriya, a move more out of desperation rather than logic, and dropped captain Sachin Tendulkar lower down the order. But they failed to get going and the result was an innings total that was perhaps more than what their woes suggested.
Mumbai found themselves at three down for thirty with Tendulkar back in the pavilion. Abhishek Nayyar tried to inject something into the uninspiring innings while Dwayne Bravo had the only innings of substance with thirty-five runs from thirty balls.
116 has not been the greatest of totals in IPL 2 season. However, Delhi once again saw the party of South African AB de Villiers and Sri Lankan Tillekeratne Dilshan to take them safely home despite the apparent closeness between runs and balls till the very end. Gautam Gambhir and David Warner played more cautious knocks at the top of the order and it was left to AB to carve out an innings with his half century to fashion the victory, which was really Delhi’s for the taking from the time Mumbai dropped Jayasuriya from their ranks.