A very little was known about the batting credentials of a young fast bowler from South Africa, who made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut for Delhi Daredevils (DD) against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Saturday night. But henceforth, Kagiso Rabada will not only be looked upon as a young quick who terrorises batsmen across formats, but someone who can play a key role in spirited fightbacks with the bat — the first of which was witnessed at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Making his IPL debut, Rabada notched up his highest T20 score of 44, and in the process added a monumental 91 runs with compatriot Chris Morris. They did revive Delhi from an embarrassing situation, but then, winning the game proved to be too much to ask for. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 10, Match 25
Morris and Rabada’s gritty 91–run stand for the seventh wicket was not enough for the Delhi Daredevils (DD), who lost their 2017 clash against Mumbai Indians (MI) by 14 runs. Chasing a modest 143 to win, Delhi made a horrendous start, with Mitchell McClenaghan’s three-wicket burst reducing the visiting side to an embarrassing 24 for 6 inside the first seven overs. But Rabada showed tremendous skills as a batsman, middling the ball on most of the occasions but most importantly, he weathered the storm — a philosophy on which Delhi Daredevils’ mentor Rahul Dravid’s career thrived on. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 10, Match 25
In what should have been a comfortable chase for the Delhi Daredevils, the visitors slumped to 21 for 5 inside six overs, which all but sealed their fate. The procession began in the first over, when a needless single was attempted between Sanju Samson and Aditya Tare, which resulted in the dismissal of the latter with Hardik Pandya doing a fine job with a direct hit.
Samson was the next batsman to be dismissed, guilty of playing it on the up and straight to Rohit Sharma at mid-off. Samson was the first dismissal of Mitchell McClenaghan, who went on to take two more wickets in that spell.
Shreyas Iyer was the next batsman to be dismissed, making the error of poking on a delivery that should have been left alone. Iyer tried working around a short and wide ball on the leg side, off which he got a faint edge and Parthiv Patel did the rest.
Corey Anderson could not last longer than three balls, and one delivery that nipped back in trapped him in front of the wickets, hitting at the top of the backfoot. It was a correct decision as the ball would have clipped the bails on its way.
In what turned out to be a nightmare for the Delhi Daredevils’ batsmen, Rishabh Pant was caught at first slip for a third-ball duck as well. After resisting the Mumbai bowlers for a while, Karun Nair fell for cheap again when he played one on to his wickets off Hardik Pandya, leaving the Daredevils tottering at 24 for 6.
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Mumbai Indians 142 for 8 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 28, Kieron Pollard 26; Amit Mishra 2 for 18, Pat Cummins 2 for 20) vs Delhi Daredevils 128 for 7 in 20 overs (Kagiso Rabada 44, Chris Morris 52*; Mitchell McClenaghan 3 for 24, Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 21) by 14 runs.