Defending Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians continued their dismal start to the 2018 tournament with a seven-wicket to Delhi Daredevils. The SRH bowlers were supported admirably by their fielders, typified by two stunning catches from Manish Pandey, a former Knight Rider himself, the second of which helped remove the unsafe Andre Russell.
Roy put on a 50-run stand with skipper Gautam Gambhir for the opening wicket.
"Obviously nice to win three in a row, and this surface required some adapting, but the real highlight was our fielding tonight", Hyderabad captain Williamson said at the post match presentation. Some quick wickets at the back end restricted the home side, but it was those at the top who contributed the lion's share, the opening trio combining for 75 per cent of Mumbai's total score.
With one run required of the last four balls off The Fizz, a victory was looking inevitable for Delhi. Hold your position and whack the ball over the infield.' And that is exactly what Roy did before hugging Iyer and hopping in celebration only to realise midway that they still had to take the single to finish the formalities. "We believed that we could even after taking it to the last over", Iyer said.
Over 3: 40/0, In this over MI is on fire as they score 15 runs with the help of two 4's and a 6. But, on Friday, while we were coming back on the flight (from Hyderabad to Mumbai), and in the bus to the hotel they said they'd love if I'd open the innings as I have played a lot of cricket here (at the Wankhede) and I was the most experienced.
The last over was heart-stopping with Delhi needing 11 to win and getting 10 following a four and a six off Mustafizur Rehman by Roy off the first two balls. "I figured that if I gave myself some time I could cover it up".
"As a batsman, you would love to close down the chase at the earliest, but they bowled some really good slower balls and the last over, it was tougher for Jason to pick up". I usually like to take some time and build my innings.
But the hosts have in captain Ravichandran Ashwin a master tactician who happens to be a former Chennai player, and hence someone who will know best how to exploit the weaknesses of his ex-teammates.
But on paper, Bangalore have a strong batting line up what with their top four including Kohli, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum.