After the kind of dreadful start which Mumbai Indians got in their first league match against Delhi Daredevils, two wickets for one run, hardly anyone would have reckoned that Mumbai Indians would cross the 200 runs mark in their stipulated 20 over. After Sachin Tendulkar and Captain Ricky Ponting failed to live up to their expectations, Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma unleashed a barrage on the Delhi Daredevils bowling attack. During the partnership between Karthik and Sharma, Sharma looked subdued by the ballistic approach which Karthik had acquired. However, after Karthik’s dismissal on 86 runs, Rohit Sharma switched to top gear effortlessly, sounding good news for Mumbai Indians for this ipl schedule.
Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayadu played their cameo well to take the total of Mumbai Indians to a mammoth 209 runs in 20 runs, offering a staggering required run rate of 10.5 for Delhi Daredevils to win the match. Further, the presence of Lasith Malinga meant that the chase for Delhi Daredevils would never be easy. Some would have rated the ruthless power hitting of Karthik and Sharma as the highlight for this ipl 2013 match.
However, the moment of the match was provided by the captain of Mumbai Indians, Ricky Ponting. There have been unbelievable catches in the history of IPL, but the one which Ricky Ponting made happen was surely once in a decade catch. Further, the celebrations of this ipl 6 catch, involving Ricky Ponting and Harbhajan Singh, made for a cricket postcard as well.