IPL 2018: Match 9, MI v DD: Delhi Daredevils Clinch Maiden Victory, Mumbai Remain Winless
It was a sensational innings from the blade of Jason Roy which eventually helped Delhi to chase down a stiff target of 195 in 20 overs.
Interestingly, the match went down to the wire and it was hard-hitting Roy, who finished off the job on the final delivery of the match.
With 11 required of the final over, Mustafizur Rahman conceded a four and a six, to begin with. However, he came back strongly and bowled three consecutive dot deliveries.
But, Roy managed to hold his nerve and complete the job with a stroke.
The Mumbai Indians went for a new opening batsman in the form of Suryakumar Yadav, who walked out in the middle with flamboyant Carribean batsman Evin Lewis.
The duo looked in sensational touch from the outset and started punishing the Delhi bowlers.
Boundaries kept flowing as both Surya and Lewis looked in complete command of proceedings.
Suryakumar began the charge and later Evin Lewis also came into the act. Their exceptional hitting ensured Mumbai reached a commendable 80 for no loss at the end of the first powerplay.
There was no stopping either of them. The Delhi bowlers were plundered all around the Wankhede Stadium.
The duo shared a 102-run partnership which came in very quick time. When Lewis was dismissed in the ninth over, Mumbai had already gone past the century mark.
The Windies southpaw struck 48 of 28 deliveries, an innings which was studded with four sixes and four boundaries respectively. Suryakumar was dismissed soon on the score of 53 of 32 deliveries. His innings included seven fours and a six.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan also began well and struck some delightful shots in the process. He scored 44 of 23 deliveries before being castled by Dan Christian.
Mumbai was sitting pretty on 166 two at that stage. However, there was a dramatic collapse in the last four overs which saw Mumbai losing five wickets for the addition of just 21 runs. Mumbai eventually managed to score 194 for seven in their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing a relatively big target to chase, Delhi also began fluently. Jason Roy, in particular, looked in sensational touch.
The Englishman struck some amazing shots to get his innings underway. Skipper Gautam Gambhir, on the other hand, looked a bit rusty and struggled his way through 15 of 16 deliveries.
The southpaw was undone by a brilliant off-cutter from Mustafizur in the sixth over.
Rishabh Pant joined Roy in the middle and the southpaw went on the rampage from the outset, The youngster smashed six fours and two big sixes during his knock of 47 of just 25 deliveries.
Roy, on the other hand, did about his business in an unfazed manner. He found the gaps on a consistent basis and never allowed the asking rate to creep up.
It was a couple of brilliant catches which eventually brought back Mumbai into the game. Firstly it was the catch of Kieron Pollard which sent back Pant to the pavilion. Pretty soon it was another blinder by Hardik Pandya which brought about Glenn Maxwell’s downfall.
Mumbai kept chipping away with the wickets. However, Jason Roy ensured Delhi was well in control of proceedings.
With 16 required off the last two overs, Jasprit Bumrah bowled a sensational penultimate over where he conceded just five runs to bring the calculation to 11 required off the last 6.
Mustafizur conceded a four and six in the first two deliveries to put DD in the driving seat. However, he bowled three consecutive dot deliveries which made the encounter more interesting.
In the end, Delhi Daredevils returned triumphantly by seven wickets.
Mumbai Indians 194/7 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 53, Evin Lewis 48, Daniel Christian 2/35)
Delhi Daredevils 195/3 in 20 overs (Jason Roy 91, Rishabh Pant 47, Krunal Pandya 2/21)
Delhi Daredevils won by 7 wickets (in the final delivery of the match)
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