Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians

Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians

His innings contained six fours and six sixes as Delhi secured their first win of the tournament. Mumbai's Hardik Pandya had no answer for the rampaging-Brit, the allrounder leaking 32 runs from his two overs and giving Roy the flawless start to capitalise on. But the Mumbai Indians batsman was confident that the team will bounce back.

However, his bowlers weren't quite up to the mark in the initial overs, with Suryakumar Yadav (promoted to the top of the order in a surprise move) and Evin Lewis smacking them out of the park to collect 84 for no loss in the Powerplay. In his next over, Tewatia foxed Lewis by floating up a googly and drawing the mis-hit that was caught at mid off. Ishan Kishan followed up with 44 off 23 at No 3, but there was next to nothing after that.

Both the openers, SA Yadav and E Lewis fired and scored 53 runs and 48 runs respectively giving Mumbai Indians the kind of start they were looking for. Chris Morris (17 not out) and Shreyas Iyer (0 not out) were at the crease. And yet, they fell short of the 200-run mark by six runs, losing five wickets off the last five overs, having collapsed from 158/2 after 15. The result did not go in our favour, so we don't want to discuss and complicate things. Put into bat first, Kolkata could only manage to post a modest 138/8 in 20 overs as the Hyderabad bowlers did not let them settle.

Rishabh Pant (47) then arrived in the middle to build a partnership of 69 with Roy until the 20-year-old was caught by Pollard as he chased a half-century, bellowing his frustration as he departed. His seven wickets, including the four scalps that he captured in a low-scoring tie against Sunrisers at Hyderabad last night, earned him the purple cap. And incredibly, Roy swung and missed not once, not twice, but thrice. English worldwide Jason Roy came out swinging for the rope, and would do so in a way that kept him around at the crease too.

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Delhi openers Gautam Gambhir and Jason Roy started the innings on the front foot against MI bowlers Hardik Pandya and Akila Dananjaya.

"I was thinking 160-170 would be a good target, but didn't happen", Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said.

I am hitting the ball well in the practice sessions and as the games are going on, I would really love if I can take it ahead and bat longer. "He (Rohit) didn't tell me a lot, just asked me to stick to the basics". The first game is between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at 4 PM while the second between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings will be played at 8 PM. Alarmingly for the defending champions, last night's defeat can't even be termed close unlike the previous two onewicket heartbreaks.

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