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 IPL 7 | Match 16 | DD Vs MI

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Toss: MI and elected to bat first

Playing XIs:

MI: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Corey Anderson, Ambaty Rayudu, Michael Hussey, Kieron Pollard, CM Gautam, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga

DD: Quinton de Kock, Murali Vijay, Jean Paul Duminy, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Wayne Parnell, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Shami, Jaydev Unadkat

Mini Score Card

MI 125/6 (20) Run rate 6.25

Kieron Pollard 33* (30) | Jaydev Unadkat 2/29 (4)

CM Gautam 22 (18) | Wayne Parnell 1/17 (4)

DD 126/4 (18.5) Run rate 6.69

Murali Vijay 40 (34) | Lasith Malinga 2/17 (4)

Kevin Pietersen 26* (18) | Corey Anderson 1/16 (2)

Result: DD won by 6 wickets

Points: DD 2 (Total 4), MI 0 (Total 0)

Man of the match: Murali Vijay (DD)

Umpires: Aleem Dar | Vineet Kulkarni | AK Chaudhary (3rd) | K Bharatan (Reserve)

Match Referee: Graeme Labrooy

How they played the game:

Powerplay: MI 37 runs, 2 wickets | DD 37 runs 0 wickets

First 50 runs: MI 62 balls | DD 55 balls

50-100 runs: MI 44 balls | DD 33 balls

Extras: DD 11 (6 LB, 4 Wd, 1 NB) | MI 9 (2 LB, 2 Wd, 5 PEN)

Best Partnership

MI: 6th wicket – 40 runs off 30 balls between Gautam 22 (18) and Pollard 13* (12)

DD: 2nd wicket – 45 runs off 33 balls between Vijay 30 (17) and Duminy 14 (16)

Fours and SIXES

MI 10 Fours (3 by Gautam, 2 each by Pollard and Anderson, 1 each by Tare, Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh) | 3 SIXES (2 by Pollard and 1 by Harbhajan Singh)

DD 10 Fours (4 by Vijay and 2 each by de Kock, Pietersen and Jadhav) | 2 SIXES (1 each by Vijay and Pietersen)

Important facts of the match

  • 5 penalty runs awarded to DD when the ball struck the helmet at 4.1 overs

In the PIC: Ricky Ponting and Kevin Pietersen chatting with each other just before the start of the game.

Picture Courtesy: ESPN – Cricinfo 


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