IPL: Jason Roy's unbeaten 91 helps Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians

Henrietta Brewer
April 16, 2018

England's Jason Roy took his place and lead the Daredevils to victory in the final over of the match, producing an innings of 91 not out from 53 balls.

Bhunvneshwar Kumar (3-26) was the pick of an impressive bowling unit on his return from injury, though Shakib and towering Australia seamer Billy Stanlake, who found real pace and carry, also impressed with figures of 2-21.

First on Saturday, MI's West Indian left-hander Evin Lewis and the in-form local talent Surayakumar Yadav showed their mettle against seamers Roy, Pant and Hardik Pandya and spinners Akila Dananjaya and Mayank Markande. With one ball remaining in the match and the scores level, the superb Surrey star lofted the ball high over the tight ring of fielders, and gave Delhi their first win of the tournament.

After Yadav (53 off 32 balls) and Lewis (48 off 28 balls) posted the century stand, their good work was continued by Ishan Kishan (44 off 23 balls). Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard departed off consecutive deliveries, the latter bowled off the first ball, and the Pandya brothers shortly after that never allowed MI to get away in the final overs of the innings. We wanted momentum by taking early wickets but we couldn't.

After putting on a 50-run stand with Gambhir, Roy took the back seat as Rishabh Pant smashed 47 off 25 balls.

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. The only hiccup for Daredevils was the cheap exit of Glenn Maxwell in the 14th over. At the end, anyway, I am going to cover up and finish the game and that's what I told myself. The 27-year-old cleared the field six times and struck as many boundaries to flatten the Mumbai attack. With a mere single needed off four balls, Mustafizur did something Mumbai Indians hadn't done a lot off till then. And incredibly, Roy swung and missed not once, not twice, but thrice. However, Rahman bowled a hat-trick of dot balls to bring down the equation to one required of the last ball. Iyer got together with Roy for a crisis chat before the last delivery of the game, and told the English batsman to keep his shape.

"I was thinking 160-170 would be a good target, but didn't happen", Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said. So they said number 3 as the position I'd be batting.

"In the last couple of games, things have not gone according to plan with both bat and ball, particularly in the back end".

"I thought the spinners last night were outstanding".

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