The 2 teams that were without a victory in the IPL 2018 thus far were head to head at the Wankhede Stadium for the 9th match of the league. Mumbai Indians were yet again involved in a game that went down to the last ball and it was the turn of Delhi Daredevils to snatch the victory from them.
Flourish from the MI openers
Gautam Gambhir won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first. The decision backfired in the beginning as the MI openers Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav began with an explosion on a surface that was a paradise for batting. The duo was in no mood to spare anyone and the ball kept traveling to the boundary ropes on a regular basis.
The fifty was up in just the 4th over and the score reached 84 without loss after the powerplay. It seemed as if the score will end up well past 200 by the end of the innings. The DD bowlers were taken to the cleaners as literally none of them had any impact in the early overs.
The 2 overs after the powerplay applied the brakes a little and yielded just 8 runs. Rahul Tewatia then came to the fore and dismissed both the openers. While Lewis scored 48 off 28 balls, Suryakumar departed after scoring 53 off 32. Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan then took the matters into their own hands and kept the charge going.
The Turning Point
The skipper was a little subdued in his approach but Ishan was going hammer and tongs. The score read 158/2 after 15 overs and MI were well on course for a massive score. But then occurred the incident that turned the game around for DD. Ishan went for a reverse lap against Daniel Christian but missed a full toss that disturbed the woodwork.
Kieron Pollard walked into bat and the very next ball, he had to walk back too. Christian bowled a good length delivery to which Pollard walked forward and across. The ball kissed the thigh pad of the batsman and deflected onto the stumps and Pollard was sent back without troubling the scorers.
The momentum of the innings got hampered big time and to add to the misery, Rohit also got out soon. The last 4 overs went for only 27 runs and witnessed the wickets of the Pandya brothers. The score was halted to 194/7 at the end of 20 overs which was at least 20 runs short of what MI should have achieved.
Jason Roy powered DD through
The opener Jason Roy took full toll on the MI bowlers from the outset while Gautam Gambhir struggled for timing. Gambhir was removed Mustafizur Rahman in the 6th over but it proved to be a blessing in disguise as Rishabh Pant accompanied Roy in taking apart the bowlers.
The score crossed 100 in the 10th over and DD were cruising towards the victory. The dismissal of Pant for 47 in the 12th over and Glenn Maxwell’s wicket that followed soon didn’t impact the chase much as Shreyas Iyer played an explosive cameo. There was a slight mishap in the final over but Jason Roy’s 91 off 53 balls made sure the visitors got on the board with a 7 wicket victory.
Delhi Daredevils won the toss and opted to bowl first
Mumbai Indians: 194/7 in 20 overs
Suryakumar Yadav 53 (32), Evin Lewis 48 (28)
Daniel Christian 35/2 (3), Rahul Tewatia 36/2 (4)
Delhi Daredevils: 195/3 in 20 overs
Jason Roy 91* (53), Rishabh Pant 47 (25)
Krunal Pandya 21/2 (3), Mustafizur Rahman 25/1 (4)
Delhi Daredevils won by 7 wickets
Player of the Match: Jason Roy