IPL: Roy powers in Delhi victory over Mumbai

Delhi Daredevils

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. If DD's impressive batting order of Gautam Gambhir, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell and Shreyas Iyer perform well, the team could see at adding to their tally of victories at Wankhede. Hardik Pandya, who had twisted his ankle in the tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings, reclaimed his regular spot at the expense of Pradeep Sangwan.

Opener Roy made a mockery of a listless Mumbai bowling attack as he hammered six fours and as many sixes in his 53-ball knock to help Delhi overhaul a 195-run target to earn their first win of the season.

Spare a thought for the Mumbai Indians who have fallen narrowly short of victory in all three of their IPL fixtures so far.

In the end, it was Jason Roy's innings which headlined DD's remarkable win against the defending champions.

He finished with 91 not out in 53 balls (6x4, 6x6) and the match went right to the wire with DD scoring the winning run on the last ball. "The comeback was wonderful 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.

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It was the day of the fearless hitters at a venue where, on seven occasions in the history of the league, match aggregates close to 400 runs have been posted. Mumbai's Hardik Pandya had no answer for the rampaging-Brit, the allrounder leaking 32 runs from his two overs and giving Roy the flawless start to capitalise on.

But Mumbai lost Rohit (18), Krunal Pandya (11) and Hardik Pandya (2) in quick succession, as Delhi bowlers made a strong comeback in middle and death overs. A similar fate was in for the Mumbai Indians, who also had experienced two losses from their two games.

The onslaught on the spin duo allowed DD to take a safer route against Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman and Krunal Pandya. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was horribly inaccurate and did not flight the ball, while Shami and Dan Christian bowled lengths that allowed the batsmen room.

Even if one of the three bowlers had enjoyed a better day, Mumbai would have won by some distance.

The Delhi bowlers have also been below par and need to get their act together to register a win. MI skipper Rohit Sharma promoted Surya Kumar Yadav at the top of the batting order and dropped himself at NO. 4. Pant departed for 47 in 25 balls.

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