In the battle of two desperate franchises rummaging to taste their first victory in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Daredevils (DD) stood up stronger and finally opened their account in IPL 2018 with a nervy last-ball win over Mumbai Indians in Mumbai. Rohit Sharma’s side now has become the most suffered side in the IPL with three straight defeats, all in the final over to boot, and find themselves stuck at the bottom of the table.

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Jason Roy has been the star of the show for Delhi. Especially after being included in the side at the expense of Colin Munro, Roy showed how valuable he can be with a sizzling display during the chase. The right-hander fired the Wankhade with his magnificent 91 off 53 balls, a knock that included six fours and as many sixes, to help Delhi pull off a tricky chase.

The major architects of Delhi’s winning script;

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Jason Roy and Rishabh Pant. Roy, playing in place of Colin Munro, showed what he was capable of with a fiery start, bossing a fifty-run opening stand with Gautam Gambhir. When Roy was joined by Pant, the pair quickly proceeded to take the game away from the hosts. Pant pulled out a number of unorthodox shots, using the slog, sweep and reverse sweep to put the Mumbai spinners off their lines and lengths. Roy was the more brute force, striking clean to easily find the boundaries.

Pant was dismissed after a scintillating 47 off 25 balls, but Roy ensured he kept going. It was an innings of not only great hitting but also shouldering responsibility when the likes of Glenn Maxwell failed to finish the game off. With Delhi’s innings threatening to slide down in the fashion that Mumbai’s did, Roy stood firm to pave his team’s path to victory.

DD & their successful plan;

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Mayank Markande may have had a superb IPL so far, but Delhi, seemingly, had him sorted out. The legspinner came to the attack after the powerplay only but the duo of Pant and Roy smashed every possible trick of him. Out of the 18 balls bowled, seven deliveries either went to the boundary or over it. Off his three overs, DD plundered 42 runs. Similar treatment was seen to be out to IPL debutant Akila Dhanajaya. The Sri Lankan gave away 47 runs off his four overs.

The onslaught against the spin duo allowed DD to take a safer route against Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman and Krunal Pandya. The trio bowled superbly to keep Mumbai in the hunt, but with three other bowlers, including Hardik Pandya, having a bad day, Delhi got rid of their losing streak.


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