IPL 2017, DD vs MI: 5 things that went wrong for Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils created unwanted history after collapsing for just 66 against Mumbai.
Batting first, the Mumbai Indians smashed their way to a total of 212/3 riding on half-centuries from the West Indian duo of Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard. The Mumbai bowlers came out all guns blazing and struck at regular intervals to dismiss the Delhi side for a humiliating total of 66.
There were many things that went wrong for the Daredevils over the course of the game. Let us take a look at five of them.
#1 Inability to restrict Mumbai Indians’ openers
Despite having a world class bowling unit consisting of the likes of Zaheer Khan, Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins, Delhi could not get rid of Mumbai’s opening duo. Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons added 79 runs for the 1st wicket in 52 balls and thus completely took the game away from the Daredevils right at the start.
It was Simmons who did the bulk of the scoring in the partnership as Parthiv played second fiddle, scoring only 25 runs in 22 balls. In his first game of IPL 2017, Simmons went hard right from the start as he smashed his way to a superb 66 runs in just 43 balls. The innings was star-studded with five fours and four towering sixes and completely took the life out of the Delhi bowlers.