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Hussey inspires Mumbai

Mike Hussey starred as Mumbai Indians added further misery to the 2014 season for Delhi Daredevils, winning by 15 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.

Hussey's hit a sublime 56 from just 33 deliveries and looked booked for a much bigger score until being narrowly run out, but by then the damage had been done.

In complete control from the start, the Australian former Test star played some wonderful strokes in a knock that included two sixes and seven fours, sharing in an opening stand of 87 with Lendl Simmons (35 off 25 balls).

Although the Indians stuttered along after the demise of Hussey, they still posted an above-average 173 on what was a good pitch, and despite skipper Kevin Pietersen responding with a streaky 44 to get his team off to a flyer, the Daredevils were always chasing a lost cause.

Mumbai had originally made two changes to their line-up, leaving out both Krishmar Santokie and Pragyan Ojha, and bringing in Harbhajan Singh and Marchant de Lange, who played his first game of the season.

However, Praveen Kumar was injured after the toss but before the start of play and so the Indians were allowed to replace him with Ojha. Delhi replaced Mayank Agarwal and Mohammad Shami with Shahbaz Nadeem and Siddarth Kaul.

It was eight overs before the Daredevils got the breakthrough, Simmons lofting a flighted delivery from Imran Tahir to Parnell at deep cover for a very valuable 35 from just 25 deliveries.

Troubled

Hussey was never seriously threatened before his run out, which ushered in a troubled second half of the innings for the home side.

The stage was set for Keiron Pollard, but despite smashing J P Duminy for a straight six off his first ball, he was soon on his way back to the dugout.

Left-armer Unadkat began to peg back Mumbai with the vital wickets of both Rohit Sharma (30) and Pollard (11) in the same over.

Tare countered briefly, with three boundaries in an eight-ball innings of 14, but he was the second of three further quick wickets to fall, the others being Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh, who both hit the ball straight to Vijay at long-off.

The collapse continued and eventually saw the Indians lose eight wickets for just 33 runs in 31 balls, so an innings that looked destined to total over 200 was cut short at 173. Much of the credit for that had to go to Tahir, whose 3-37 showed his propensity to bowl wicket-taking deliveries.

Pietersen led from the front in the Delhi run chase, riding his luck in hitting six boundaries and a six in his 44, before he was undone trying to switch-hit Harbhajan, who bowled him.

Dinesh Karthik, the other great hope for the Daredevils, soon followed his captain, bowled by de Lange while also trying to play a reverse-stroke.

Duminy and Tiwary came together with the score on 61-3 and proceeded to add 85 between them. While they were together there was an outside chance of victory, but the latter sliced an upper cut to Hussey off de Lange and, while Duminy's unbeaten 45 came at a strike rate of over 155, he and his partners ran out of time.