Roy sparkles as DD snap losing streak in humdinger

MI got off to a splendid start of 84 without loss after the power-play of six overs which they improved to 102 through the opening wicket partnership of Suryakumar Yadav (53) and Evin Lewis (48).

Hardik bettered Pollard's catch when he covered a significant distance to his left from long-off to catch Glenn Maxwell. Other than their bowling, another concern for the hosts is the fitness of all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Yadav smashes a boundary in the first ball, Boult drops the catch of Lewis, 10 runs off the over. Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis squash Delhi Daredevils bowler.

Amid claims English players are called out to the Indian Premier League to play a merely supporting cast-type role, Jason Roy went some way to silencing those critics on Saturday.

"We were 10-15 runs short but still 180+ score is a good score on any ground. The comeback was awesome by the bowlers and hopefully we keep continuing doing the same things", said local lad Shreyas Iyer who scored a modest 20-ball 27 on the night but more importantly held fort at one end as Jason Roy (91*) steered the visitors to victory.

Mumbai: It was yet so near and yet so far for Mumbai Indians on their home turf at Wankhede. Roy gets bat on ball this time from the outside half of the bat.

The Next Stop: Delhi will get a chance to get consecutive victories when they meet Chris Lynn's Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday whilst the winless-Mumbai take on Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday to try and get the ball rolling for IPL 11.

In a superb move, Mumbai Indians made a decision to bring Rohit Sharma back to the middle-order after he failed to impose himself in the first two games of the season.

The New Zealand fast bowling spearhead hasn't had a particularly good outing in the first two games of IPL 2018, but he will be looking to make amends on a Wankhede pitch that will offer something to the quick bowlers. Mumbai lost two wickets off two balls and were on 166 for four after 16 overs.

Stanlake, Kaul and Sandeep Sharma picked up two wickets apiece, while Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with one wicket each. Krunal was the beneficiary on both occasions, as Delhi became 135 for 3 in 13.2 overs.

The 30-year-old however, was in all praise for his bowlers.

Ishan was on 25 off 11 balls with his captain Rohit Sharma on 7. They brutally punished Boult as 15 runs came in his second over, with Yadav hitting two fours and Lewis striking his first six. While Roy remained not out on 91 scored off 53 ball with six fours and same number of sixes, Iyer was unbeaten on a 20-ball 27 with three fours and a six.

  • Jon Douglas