Having already qualified for the semifinals, the Mumbai Indians jolted the Delhi Daredevils' hope for reaching the same goal on Tuesday by handing them a 39-run loss in a crucial Indian Premier League cricket game.
Batting first, MI gave the Daredevils a daunting target of 184 runs. Experimenting with its bench strength, MI picked Chandan Madan for the first time to begin the innings with Sachin Tendulkar.
Madan started off well with two boundaries in the first over. Mr. Inexplicable (Sachin) soon joined the party and scored 30 of 26 balls.
The discovery of the tournament, Saurabh Tiwary, knocked 38 of 28 balls with two sixes, but the day will be remembered for the amazing talent Kieron Pollard, who stole the limelight with his masterly knock of unbeaten 45 of just 13 balls with five massive sixes, and concluded the innings with 183 runs on the scoreboard.
David Warner and Virender Sehwag provided a flying start to the DDs, but no other batsmen could carry the momentum.
Sachin regained the spot for maximum run getter, pushing Jacques Kallis to the second spot.
This is the first time MI has reached the semifinals in three seasons.
DD needs to stop being consistently on the losing side as the forthcoming matches are going to be the knockout ones. This coming week will decide who are going to be the top four teams of the season.
By the way, defining Sachin as Mr. Inexplicable was quite easy for me, as whenever I think of him I usually run out of words. There is no word better for him than "inexplicable," as a whole dictionary could be invented to list all the adjectives suiting him.