Visakhapatnam : Krunal Pandya bludgeoned a 37-ball 86 in his maiden IPL fifty before bowlers took charge as Mumbai Indians pounded Delhi Daredevils by a comprehensive 80-run margin to jump to the third spot here tonight. The 25-year-old Pandya combined well with opener Martin Guptill (48) in a 98-run stand, propelling his team to a commanding 206/4.
Mumbai lost Rohit Sharma (31) after a steady start but Pandya and Guptill came up with aggressive knocks to blow away the rival attack. Pandya hammered six sixes and seven fours in his knock before being bowled by Chris Morris towards the end of the innings.
The Mumbai bowlers then dished out a commanding show by bowling out Dardevils for 126 in 19.1 overs. Daredevils struggled to have partnerships as they kept losing batsmen. Quinton-de Kock was batting well from one end but his innings was brought to a halt when umpire ruled him out caught behind off Pandya. The responsibility to keep the chase going fell on JP Duminy and Rishabh Pant but Jasprit Bumrah dismissed them in consecutive balls to leave Daredevils gasping at 96/6 in 13 overs.
Brief scores: Mumbai 206/4 (Krunal Pandya 86, Martin Guptill 48; Chris Morris 2/34); Delhi Dardevils: 126 all out in 19.1 overs. (Q de Kock 40, R Pant 23, Morris 20; J Bumrah 3/13).