Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Delhi Daredevils Clock 1st Win of IPL Season

Delhi Daredevils player Jason Roy bats against Mumbai Indians during VIVO IPL cricket T20 match in Mumbai India Saturday Delhi Daredevils player Jason Roy bats against Mumbai Indians during VIVO IPL cricket T20 match in Mumbai India Saturday
Melinda Barton | 16 April, 2018, 04:48

Needing 11 runs from the last over, Roy sent the first ball to the cover fence and then flicked the next one over the long-leg rope.

Shami has turned out in all the three matches for DD and a team official said there's no question of his availability as it remains to be seen where there's also a court room battle in the offing.

All the three games that Mumbai Indians have played in the 11th edition of the IPL this far have been last over thrillers. Whether it was the extra bounce that Billy Stanlake possessed, or his pace, or that they wanted a boost in the middle from Narine, there was a change at the top with Robin Uthappa, who came in at No.3 in the first two games, to open the batting, with Nitish Rana in next.

"We were 10-15 runs short but still 180-plus is a good score on any ground", Suryakumar said. DD dropped opener Colin Munro and their most potent asset Chris Morris to make way for English opener Jason Roy and Aussie pacer Daniel Christian.

While their five-wicket defeat to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's CSK in a nail-biting game was more down to misfortune, SRH rolled over the purple brigade with bat and ball barring the 12 overs from KKR's spinners which made the modest chase of 139 look hard.

Toss: Delhi Daredevils won the toss and chose to BOWL first. Somehow, Roy stole one run from the final ball helping Delhi win their first match in the IPL this year.

The home side scored 194 for 7 in their 20 overs with Suryakumar Yadav hitting 53 off 32 balls.

Williamson and Shakib eased the nerves - Williamson notching his 18th T20 fifty from 43 balls and Shakib passing 4,000 runs in the format - and even though they fell towards the death, Yusuf Pathan (17no of 7) pulled Russell over deep square for the match-winning six with an over to spare.

On opening the innings Yadav said it was decided yesterday.

Instead, Mumbai Indians managed to put up only 194 on the board despite a quickfire 23-ball 44 from the young Ishan Kishan. If Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is fit then it would be too harsh to keep Sandeep Sharma out of the squad given his fantastic 2-25 in the last game. Kieron Pollard also failed miserably and went for a golden duck.

Pollard and Hardik took spectacular catches in the deep to dismiss Pant and Glenn Maxwell (13), respectively. Rishabh Pant stepped in at No.3 and complemented Roy. Roy-Pant were dominating the Mumbai bowlers with Hardik Pandya, Akila Dananjaya and Mayank Markande being hit all over the park. It was Williamson who looked more comfortable against the KKR bowlers.

Roy made it a memorable day for himself making an unbeaten 91 (53b, 6x4, 6x6, strike rate 171.69). Earlier, Mumbai looked poised for a sizeable total only to lose their way in the last five overs of the innings.