A defeat on the penultimate ball against Chennai Super Kings, followed by a defeat on the last ball against SunRisers Hyderabad kept MI away from a victory. The misfortune continued for Mumbai as they lost to Delhi Daredevils in an encounter that stretched to the last ball yet again.
Suryakumar Yadav: It's disappointing to come out with nothing after 3 games but we all know that a few bad games won't take us out. It's a long tournament and we just need one game to get the momentum back. #ESAMatchday #CricketMeriJaan #MIvDD #MumbaiIndians— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 14, 2018
This match would be remembered for a lot of unconventional decisions. 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. MI skipper Rohit Sharma promoted Surya Kumar Yadav at the top of the batting order and dropped himself at NO. 4. Akila Dananjaya made his IPL debut in this match as well.
After being put in to bat, Mumbai got off to a dream start with each of their top 3 batsman scoring big and scoring quickly. Suryakumar Yadav (53) grabbed his opportunity to open the innings with both hands as he reached a well compiled half century. Windies opener Evin Lewis(48) finally came to his own and was part of a hundred run partnership with Yadav which personified carnage on the cricket field.
Both openers were scalped by spinner Rahul Tewatia (4-36-2). Later, Daniel Christian (3-35-2) and Trent Boult (4-39-2) also chipped in with a couple of wickets each. Young Jharkhand keeper Ishan Kishan further stepped on the gas with a 21 ball 43 (SR: 191.30) in a fifty run stand with skipper Rohit Sharma (18).
15 boundaries in the powerplay, just 2 in the last five overs… Daunting total but Mumbai Indians would still be disappointed with 194.. No dew factor, top surface.. Delhi should fancy this chase … Markande will be key.. Mazaa Aayega #MIvDD— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) April 14, 2018
Despite being 166-3 in the 16th over, MI could not nail the finish as they did not get the expected support from the lower order.
With a star studded bowling line up including T20 stars Mustafizur Rahman and Jasprit Bumrah and a 194-run total to defend, odds were heavily stacked in favour of Mumbai. However, Jason Roy (91*) made his intentions very clear from the outset. After Captain Gautam Gambhir (15) was dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman (4-25-1), Rishabh Pant (47) and Roy launched an attack on the MI bowlers in a 69-run stand.
After Pant got out to Krunal Pandya (3-21-2) off a brilliant catch by Kieron Pollard at long-off, Roy got involved in another partnership with Shreyas Iyer (27*) to take DD close to victory.
With one run required of the last four balls off The Fizz, a victory was looking inevitable for Delhi. However, Rahman bowled a hat-trick of dot balls to bring down the equation to one required of the last ball.
Roy miscued a hoik on the last ball but managed to scamper for a single nevertheless, taking DD to their first victory in this year’s IPL.
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