Delhi Daredevils keep semis hopes alive

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> With the help of Dinesh Karthik's unbeaten knock of 56 runs, Delhi Daredevils have drubbed Mumbai by 5 wickets.

Updated: May 28, 2008 12:06 IST
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Delhi Daredevils have managed to keep their semi-final hopes alive as they drub Mumbai Indians by five wickets at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.

But this win does not cement their place in the semis. Chennai Super Kings have one more game while Mumbai Indians have to play two. If Chennai Super Kings lose their last match, then Delhi will qualify. If Super Kings win, then Mumbai Indians will have to win both their matches to qualify and eliminate Delhi.

This was the last chance for Delhi Daredevils to vouch for a place in top four teams. They started their chase of 177 runs on an alarming note. Sehwag (18) thrashed Pollock in the first over with 20 runs coming in it. But in the next over, Sehwag's statemate Ashish Nehra uprooted his stumps.

In-form Gautam Gambhir was removed by IPL debutant from South Africa, Andre Nel for 19 runs.

In the eleventh over, Dwayne Smith struck twice in his over and dismissed Shikhar Dhawan and Tillakaratne Dilshan off successive deliveries.

It looked it was all over for Daredevils but Tiwary (36) and Karthik stuck their nose and added 41 runs. But a small mix-up in between the wickets saw Tiwary run out. After his fall, Maharoof came to the crease and along with Karthik saw his side home.

Dinesh Karthik, who had a very dry run in the IPL, regained his touch when it mattered the most. He smashed his maiden T20 half-century and steered his side to victory. He was, rightly, adjudged as the 'Man of the Match'. Maharoof also chipped in with crucial 20 runs.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians posted a total of 176 runs at the loss of 8 wickets against Delhi Daredevils.

After early whipping by Jayasuriya and Tendulkar, Delhi bowler Yo Mahesh made a sensational comeback and picked four wickets.

He first got the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for 18 runs. An inside edge from Tendulkar castled his leg stump. Dwayne Smith was his next prey. Smith scored just 17 runs and added 37 runs with Jayasuriya.

Tendulkar's opening partner Sanath Jayasuriya, however, had other plans. His onslaught continued and he slammed 66 runs against Delhi Daredevils with six 4s and five 6s after put in to bat by the hosts.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra put and end to his assault. With his wicket, Mumbai Indians, faltered and lost another three wickets in hurry. Shaun Pollock added 16 runs before Maharoof bowled him out.

Yo Mahesh struck again in his second spell and removed Chitnis and Penal Shah in the same over.

Amidst all this hustle and bustle, middle-order batsman Robin Uthappa played a very important knock and remained unbeaten with 46 runs.

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