Delhi Giants beat Mumbai Champs by six wickets in the second match of the Edelweiss 20s Challenge in the tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Monday.
Mumbai Champs could manage only 115/5 in 20 overs, thanks to some splendid spin bowling by left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza. The Giants romped home to victory led by some breathtaking batting by Abbas Ali.
The Champs opened the innings with the promising Dheeraj Jadhav and new recruit Sri Lankan S Jayantha. The pair started very cautiously against the fast bowling of Shane Bond.
The Champs failed to get any significant partnership going during their innings as Murtaza and Dale Benkestein bowled some tight overs in the middle of the innings, hardly giving the Mumbai batsmen any room to play their strokes.
In reply the Giants lost early wickets with both Monish Sharma and captain Marvan Atapattu back in the pavillion, by the 3rd over, slumping to 11/2.
This brought Abbas Ali to the wicket, who got into the act right away taking 16 runs of a Tino Best over. He along with Nic Pothas produced a solid partnership of 61 runs to take the Giants home in the 19th over.