Well, Delhi Daredevils were able to exact revenge for the humiliation they suffered at the hands off the Pune Warriors in their last match. As Mumbai Indians take on Kings XI Punjab at Mohali today, the question is “Will they be able to do a Delhi”? Delhi was out-classed by Sourav Ganguly’s dadagiri last time, yet they made up for the loss by winning their second encounter convincingly. It will be a test of Mumbai’s ability to bounce back despite a setback.
It would seem a pity that Mumbai lost despite JEC Franklin scoring 79 from 51 balls. Sachin Tendulkar did not seem bothered much despite a delivery hitting his injured finger during practice ahead of Sunday’s match and looked like would reverse Mumbai’s fortunes, but was run out. The rest of the team did not contribute much and the run flow was stemmed by Kings’ bowlers. That’s a worry for Mumbai when they play the same team they lost to a day ago: getting runs in the slog overs. Kings will be confident that they could wrench a win from one of the top contenders of this tournament without having their captain Adam Gilchrist to lead them. Shaun Marsh’s fine form also reassures them. What’s even more important is that they have players like N Saini and Mandeep Singh to give them solid starts. Their bowling was pretty okay, especially P Awana, who bowls with good pace and a tight line.
It was Sachin’s birthday on Tuesday. Had Mumbai won their match on Mond-ay, it would have been the perfect birthday gift in adva-nce. They can make up for it today, belatedly though.