Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians in last ball thriller

IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians in last ball thriller

Daredevils' debutant Jason Roy smacked an unbeaten 91 and another thunderstorn from Rishabh Pant (47 off 25) handed the visitors their first win of this season at the shell-shocked Wankhede Stadium. In all T20s, he has scored 15 runs off five balls against Pradeep Sangwan, 37 off 15 against Mitchell McClenaghan, and 13 off four against Mustafizur Rahman - all this while only being dismissed once. There are others who are struggling a little including the Delhi Daredevils and the Mumbai Indians who have sadly lost two of the games played by them. Strategic Timeout!4:30pm: Mumbai Indians 87/0 after 7 overs Excellent start for Rahul Tewatia, gives away three runs off the over.

Sunrisers, in contrast, are riding high at the top of the table with two wins from two while Kolkata felt the keen edge of Sam Billings' blade to lose to Chennai after an opening win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on the back of Sunil Narine's 17-ball half-century.

Despite Bhuvneshwar's absence on Friday, youngster Sandeep Sharma filled in seamlessly as the hosts restricted Mumbai to just 148 in their 20 overs.

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Markande was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Mustafizur Rahman took three and Jasprit Bumrah claimed two.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians batting finally clicked with Suryakumar Yadav leading the way with a whirlwind fifty as the defending champions posted a formidable score.

Mumbai have lost two tight games, one of which they had no business losing. Mumbai Indians had set themselves for a total around 240, but could only reach 194 because of a poor finish with the bat. However, Rahul Tewatia brought Delhi back into the game by sending Suryakumar and Evin back to the stands.

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IPL 2018 Live, MI vs DD: Hardik Pandya is a doubt for Mumbai Indians. The team will need its bowlers, including Amit Mishra, Trent Boult and Mohammed Shami, to up their ante in order to put up a strong fight. The pitch had a good smattering of grass that had been rolled in, and both captains expected it to be good for batting.

Pant did not spare Dhananjaya, hitting him for two sixes and a four as Delhi grabbed 19 runs of the tenth over.

Asked about Hardik Pandya, who had twisted his ankle, Bond said: "We did not want to risk him for this game". He is hitting the ball hard irrespective of who delivers the ball. Out of the 18 balls bowled, seven deliveries either went to the boundary or over it. Yadav and Lewis hit a 4 and 6 respectively.

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Today, two of the IPL matches will be played, since Saturday happens to be a weekend. Delhi needed one-run off the final ball and Roy connected it and completed the run to ensure that his side won, with Shreyas Iyer (27 not out) at the other end.

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