Dinesh Karthik rescued Mumbai Indians from a potential batting crisis with a powerful half-century, helping Mumbai recover from a horrific start and claim a 44-run win, in the process sending Delhi Daredevils hurtling to a third consecutive loss in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013.
Rohit Sharma, who scored 74, proved an able ally as Delhi were buried under the mountain of 209 runs, the highest total in the tournament so far, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday (April 9). David Warner scored a half-century in Delhi's chase, but it was far from sufficient on the day as their batting crumbled yet again, even as Virender Sehwag continued to miss out on the action.
Opting to bat, Mumbai lost their openers within the first two overs. Ricky Ponting, the captain, fell to Irfan Pathan, before Sachin Tendulkar was run out, leaving Mumbai at 1 for 2. It was then that Karthik stepped up and blasted away, demoralising Delhi with each shot. Some bad bowling didn't help either, as Karthik continued with his good form and was especially efficient through the legside.