New Delhi: Talented left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla ran through the Delhi middle-order with a five-wicket haul as Mumbai bowled out hosts for 201 thereby taking a first innings lead of 66 runs in the final group league encounter being held at the Roshanara ground.
After Abdulla (five for 25) decimated Delhi, Mumbai scored another 74 runs losing two wickets in the process. The defending champions now enjoy a lead of 140 runs with eight wickets remaining.
Save captain Mithun Manhas (66,110 balls, 12x4) none of the Delhi batsmen showed any signs of taking any responsibility in a crunch match as they threw away their wickets.
It was Moondeep Mangela who started the slide today dismissing Shikhar Dhawan caught by Rohit Sharma. However Manhas and Mayank Tehlan (29, 63 balls, 2x4) added 77 runs for the fourth wicket as Delhi reached 150 for three. However the next seven wickets feel for just 51 runs with Abdulla taking five of them and Aavishkar Salvi taking the other two.
Salvi bowled one in the line of the stumps as Manhas went for a cut without having much room to execute it and the ball clipped the off-bail.
Abdulla then got Tehlan caught by Prashant Waghela as the others like Rajat Bhatia, Puneet Bisht, Pradeep Sangwan, Sumit Narwal followed the suit playing poor shots.
When Mumbai batted in the second innings, wicketkeeper-batsman Omkar Gurav (30, 71 balls, 5x4) and opener Sahil Kukreja (25 batting, 3x4) scored 58 runs for the first wicket before Gurav was caught by Bisht off Pradeep Sangwan`s bowling.
Prashant Waghela who played at No. 3 in place of Ajinkya Rahane failed for the second time in this match nicking one to Bisht off Narwal`s bowling.