SHARJAH - Mumbai Indians have John Wright as their head coach, Anil Kumble as their team mentor, Jonty Rhodes as fielding coach, Sachin Tendulkar as an 'icon' and Robin Singh as assistant coach. Ricky Ponting was added to that list of illustrious names today, joining as an advisor. The expansion of the brains trust didn't result in a change in fortunes, as Mumbai went down for their fourth defeat in a row after their batting misfired yet again.

Delhi Daredevils may not have any superstar in their bowling ranks, but they combined to stifle Mumbai on a slow surface in Sharjah. Mumbai scores so far in this tournament have been 122 for 7, 115 for 9 and 141 for 7. To that sorry list, they added 125 for 6 today, again giving their bowlers too little to work with.

Things didn't go according to plan right from the start for Mumbai. The plan to push Rohit Sharma to the top of the order in place of the struggling Michael Hussey didn't work as Rohit was run-out by a Mohammed Shami direct hit in the second over. The ploy to have allrounder Corey Anderson at No. 3 seemed to be working a touch better as he hit two muscular boundaries, before finding man in the deep. Aditya Tare had already done the same.

Ambati Rayudu, an influential member for Mumbai in recent seasons, couldn't make an impact this time, poking around for a 21-ball 14.

Perhaps the biggest surprise in the Mumbai batting has been the absent form of the ultra-consistent Michael Hussey, who had another forgettable outing before being undone by a slower yorker from Jaydev Unadkat. Perhaps the time has come to drop Hussey. CM Gautam played sweeps and reverse-sweeps to make an enterprising 18-ball 22 and Kieron Pollard overcame a slow start to unleash a couple of monster sixes and lift Mumbai's run-rate above six.

Daredevils' spinners have been one of their weaknesses this season, but Shahbaz Nadeem and JP Duminy proved hard to get away on the sluggish pitch where the ball didn't come on to the bat. The lack of pace worked for medium-pacer Laxmi Shukla as well, and he troubled Pollard in particular.

Daredevils have a formidable top five, and the target of 126 was never going to be a problem unless there were plenty of early wickets. The openers, Quinton de Kock and M Vijay, provided a steady start with Vijay going on to top score with 40. Hussey took a stunner at point to dismiss de Kock, Lasith Malinga got rid of the in-form JP Duminy, and though there were a few anxious moments for Daredevils, Mumbai never really looked like posing a serious challenge. It gave Daredevils their second win in five matches so far.

Classy Ronaldo double eases Madrid past Osasuna


Real Madrid maintained their bid for an historic treble as two stunning strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo helped them to a comfortable 4-0 win over Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. The World Player of the Year opened the scoring early on with a dipping effort from the edge of the area and repeated the trick just after half-time with another rasping drive that found the top corner.

Sergio Ramos added a third shortly after and Dani Carvajal rounded off the scoring seven minutes from time with a looping header to move Real back to within three points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid with four games remaining. Real's focus now turns to trying to reach a first Champions League final in 12 years when they travel to face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their semi-final on Tuesday holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Ronaldo was starting his first league game for nearly a month due to knee and hamstring



R Sharma run out    4

A Tare c de Kock b Parnell    8

C Anderson c de Kock b Unadkat    13

A Rayudu c Shukla b Nadeem    14

M Hussey b Unadkat    10

K Pollard not out    33

C Gautam run out    22

Harbhajan Singh retired hurt    10

Z Khan not out    0

EXTRAS: (lb6, w4, nb1)    11

TOTAL: (6 wkts; 20 overs)    125

FOW: 1-10, 2-17, 3-39, 4-46, 5-63, 6-103

BOWLING: S Nadeem 4-0-19-1, M Shami 4-0-36-0, J Duminy 3-0-13-0, W Parnell 4-0-17-1, J Unadkat 4-0-29-2, L Shukla 1-0-5-0


Q de Kock c Hussey b Anderson    16

M Vijay b Sharma    40

J Duminy c sub b Malinga    19

K Pietersen not out    26

K Karthik c Rayudu b Malinga    2

K Jadhav not out    14

EXTRAS: (lb2, w2, pen5)    9

TOTAL: (4 wkts; 18.5 overs)    126

FOW: 1-34, 2-79, 3-103, 4-105

BOWLING: S Malinga 4-0-17-2, P Ojha 4-0-26-0, Z Khan 2.5-0-17-0, Harbhajan Singh 4-1-23-0, C Anderson 2-0-16-1, R Sharma 2-0-20-1

TOSS: Mumbai

MAN OF MATCH: M Vijay (Delhi)

UMPIRES: Aleem Dar (Pak), V Kulkarni (Ind)

TV UMPIRE: A Chaudhary (Ind)