When Mumbai Indians' campaign was starting just about a week ago, their main weakness was being seen as the lack of a standout spin-bowling option.
However, his bowlers weren't quite up to the mark in the initial overs, with Suryakumar Yadav (promoted to the top of the order in a surprise move) and Evin Lewis smacking them out of the park to collect 84 for no loss in the Powerplay.
Mumbai's batting line-up which boasts of attacking players like skipper Rohit Sharma, West Indians Elvin Lewis, Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav has failed to fire in unison in the first two games. It seemed like the battle signal; Karthik turned to Russell in the next over and Shakib took his last three balls for 14. 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. "We were 10-15 runs short but still 180+ is a good score on any ground", said Yadav, who became the leading run-getter at this stage of the tournament.
Hardik Pandya conceded 21 runs in his second over as Roy hammered him for two consecutive sixes over long on and square-leg respectively, and followed it with a four. When Lewis departed, Ishan Kishan (44) stepped up to keep the runs flowing at the Wankhede Stadium. Furthermore, the fans didn't expect such a start from the team who have put up a good squad together. According to our predictions, Kolkata Knight Riders have more chance to win the game tonight. The Daredevils opted to replace one Durban-born batsman with another, and did it work wonders for them!
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After skipper Gautam Gambhir's departure off the first ball of the sixth over, Roy's presence gave Daredevils the feeling the target could be reached. Hardik Pandya who was doing fielding at Mid-off came running and took the catch. And on this occasion, Roy should deserve as much credit for Delhi getting their first points on the board as the bowlers. It is evdent from the fact that they managed to take both the matches into the final over.
In the build-up, this was a clash between an established powerhouse and a team full of promising talent; in reality, it was a scrap between two sides searching for their first win in the season. However, there was something more important that Delhi discovered on Saturday: Self-belief.
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