West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons once again played a key role as Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs yesterday, to remain in the hunt for a play-off spot in the Indian Premier League.
And Rajasthan Royals’ 15-run loss to Kings X Punjab means that Rajasthan’s final game against Mumbai tomorrow in Mumbai will be crucial in determining the final team to qualify for the play-offs.
Playing at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai piled up 173 all out off 19.3 overs after being sent in, and then restricted Delhi to 158 for four. The victory carried Mumbai fifth in the standings on 12 points, with a single match left to play in the preliminary round. Simmons struck a measured 35 to follow up his maiden Twenty20 century earlier in the week. He faced 25 balls and counted five fours before he was caught in the deep off leg-spinner Imran Tahir. Simmons’ West Indies and T&T teammate Kieron Pollard made 11.
In reply, JP Duminy top scored with 45 from 29 balls while England stroke-maker Kevin Pietersen hit 44 from 31 balls but they still fell short.
Delhi have already been eliminated from play-off contention. In the other game yesterday, Kings XI made 179 for four before restricting Rajasthan to 163 for eight.
\\\ Mumbai Indians 173 (19.3 overs) (Lendl Simmons 35, Mike Hussey 56) vs Delhi Daredevils 158-4 (JP Duminy 45 n.o. Kevin Pietersen 44) —Mumbai won by 15 runs
\\\ Kings XI Punjab 179-4 (Shaun Marsh 40) vs Rajasthan Royals 163-8 (James Faulkner 35 n.o.; Akshar Patel 3/24) —Punjab won by 16 runs