In a tournament that has seen a cocktail of explosive batting and exceptional bowling so far, Mahela Jayawardene (59 in 43 balls) played perhaps the classiest knock to date. But it was a fine mix of timing and fierce ball-striking from Virender Sehwag (95* in 57 balls) that brought the crowd to life as Delhi Daredevils cantered to a nine-wicket win with three overs to spare over Mumbai Indians, their first of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, bringing joy to over 30,000 fans who had trooped in to Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday (April 21) afternoon.
The match turned out to be far more one-sided than it looked at the halfway mark, especially after Rohit Sharma's 43-ball 73 had Delhi looking for cover. Mumbai scored 137 off their last 14 overs to finish with 161 for 4 in 20 overs, a competitive total, after opting to bat. They were indebted to Rohit, whose 96-run stand for the third wicket with Sachin Tendulkar (54 in 47 balls) set things up for Mumbai after the innings appeared to be going nowhere at 24 for 2 after the six Power Play overs. (Related read: Stats from the match)
A change of guard at the top of the order didn't help matters for Mumbai as Dwayne Smith, who opened with Tendulkar, fell cheaply in the quest for quick runs. Mumbai were in trouble then when Dinesh Karthik was unfortunately run out for just two runs. (Also see: Match in pics)