DD vs MI: I’m good as a replacement player, jokes Lendl Simmons after Kotla heroics

first_imgWhenever Lendl Simmons returns from an injury layoff he makes it count no matter which team he is playing for – West Indies or Mumbai Indians. Coming in as a replacement for Jos Buttler at the top of the order, Simmons hammered 66 off 43 balls as Mumbai Indians posted 212/3 on the board and then bowled out Delhi Daredevils for 66 to win by 146 runs and record the biggest victory margin in IPL history on Saturday.Facing one of their remaining must-win matches after having eight points from 10 games, Delhi allowed Lendl Simmons and Kieran Pollard to hit blistering half-centuries as Mumbai posted a huge total of 212/3 in 20 overs at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here.The home side’s batting was even more horrific than their bowling as they were bowled out for 66 — one run short of matching their lowest total of 67, posted earlier this edition against Kings XI Punjab on April 30. It was the third lowest total in the history of IPL — the infamy belonging to Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders last month.Simmons was playing his first match for Mumbai this season but it never looked like he was out of the team as he kept hitting the boundaries and sixes from the onset.”I think I’ve been practicing hard. I’ve been hitting the gym, keeping my fitness up, waiting for the opportunity. It came today and I took it in both hands. I’m good as a replacement player, it’s been good for me,” Simmons said after being adjudged Man of the Match at the post-match press presentation.advertisementThe 32-year-old also spoke about his experiences of batting with Parthiv Patel and Pollard, with whom he shared 79 and 37-run partnerships respectively.”Batting in the Powerplay and with Parthiv is always good. My game plan is to see off the first two overs and then back my shots. At first it was a bit slow, but dew came on, and then the shots were easy to play.”Batting with Pollard is good, we are accustomed playing together. We didn’t have a total in mind, we just had a mind towards keeping the run-rate up and not losing wickets at crucial times,” Simmons added.Mumbai are the first team to qualify for the playoffs while Delhi still have an outside chance of making it to the next stage. Mumbai will next face Sunrisers Hyderabad in an away game on May 8th, while Delhi will travel to Kanpur to play against Gujarat Lions on May 10th.last_img

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