Jason Roy delivers match-winning innings for Delhi Daredevils

Jason Roy delivers match-winning innings for Delhi Daredevils

Buoyed by an outrageous knock from Jason Roy which almost went awry in the final over from Mustafizur Rahman, Delhi Daredevils scampered to their first win of the season, beating Mumbai Indians in their backyard by seven wickets. Roy responded to the challenge of 11 needed off six balls by hitting Mustafizur for a four and a six, but swung and missed at the next three balls. While he shared a 50-run partnership with skipper Gautam Gambhir (15) for the opening wicket, the opener also stitched a crucial 69 and 60-run partnership with Rishabh Pant (47) and Shreyas Iyer (27) respectively.

Mumbai Indians powerful batting hands which includes Rohit Sharma, Elvin Lewis, Kieron Pollard and SuryaKumar Yadav failed to impress in the first two games of the league.

Mumbai Indians scored 194 for seven in 20 overs thanks mainly to good contributions from Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan. Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis laying a strong platform for the reigning champions. Pandya came to the ground on Friday evening in what was an optional training session, but looked a bit rusty.

Despite Bhuvneshwar's absence on Friday, youngster Sandeep Sharma filled in seamlessly as the hosts restricted Mumbai to just 148 in their 20 overs.

This annual feature had started in a small way by bringing in 300-400 school children in 2010 and over the last two seasons had swelled to around 18,000. Gambhir is one determined cricketer and would like to win against Mumbai to open their account in IPL 2018.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Kane Wiiliamson bats during VIVO IPL cricket T20 match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata India Sunday
Jason Roy delivers match-winning innings for Delhi Daredevils

Pant did not spare Dhananjaya, hitting him for two sixes and a four as Delhi grabbed 19 runs of the 10th over. Roy gets bat on ball this time from the outside half of the bat. Ishan Kishan also managed to harry the Delhi bowlers until he was bowled out.

The 30-year-old however, was in all praise for his bowlers. And by the time it was done, Mumbai were left ruing a batting slide as Delhi Daredevils chased down 195 off the final ball.

Spare a thought for the Mumbai Indians who have fallen narrowly short of victory in all three of their IPL fixtures so far.

Winning the toss, Gautam Gambhir elected to bowl first on a flat-batting track at the Wankhede stadium. Glenn Maxwell made a quick-fire 13 from six deliveries, but a brilliant outfield catch by Hardik Pandya got the better of the Aussie allrounder. With seven of the eight games in IPL11 being won by teams that batted second, Mumbai Indians have to really come out all guns blazing and outbat Delhi if they are to buck the trend. We haven't spoken too much about the last game.

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