IPL 2018 | Bowlers comeback in death was 'superb', says Shreyas Iyer

Carrie Guzman
April 16, 2018

After losing the first one to Chennai Super Kings and the second to Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians managed to do the same in their third clash of Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) - this time against Delhi Daredevils.

MI got off to a splendid start of 84 without loss after the power-play of six overs which they improved to 102 through the opening wicket partnership of Suryakumar Yadav (53) and Evin Lewis (48). But, on Friday, while we were coming back on the flight (from Hyderabad to Mumbai), and in the bus to the hotel they said they'd love if I'd open the innings as I have played a lot of cricket here (at the Wankhede) and I was the most experienced.

Delhi opener Jason Roy hit an unbeaten 91 off just 53. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eleventh season, Pandey is yet to get his willow speaking but the swashbuckling fielder has dazzled with his fielding efforts. Starting with MI, their top-order failed in both their games during which they descovered a special bowler in leg-spinner Mayank Markande, who is leading the top wicket-takers chart in the early stages of the tournament.

Roy hit Mustafizur Rahman's first two deliveries for a four and a six to tie the score, but then missed connecting the next three balls to reduce the equation to one needed off the last ball. You can bowl against any batsman in any condition. "But we knew if we stayed till the end we would finish the game", said Shreyas.

Roy is one of 11 England players in this year's IPL.

He finally took a single off the final ball to help Delhi complete a thrilling seven-wicket win against Mumbai.

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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.

This is Mumbai's third successive defeat and leaves captain Sharma and the team under pressure.

Team India's all-rounder Hardik Pandya is counted as one of the finest fielders of cricket world and he has taken many wonderful catches in his career.

Bhuvneshwar's breakthrough and a tidy two-run over by Stanlake had KKR struggling for 23/1 in four overs before Lynn and Rana seized the momentum in two overs off Siddharth Kaul and Rashid Khan who leaked 14 and 12 overs respectively in their first overs.

For Daredevils, in-form batsman Jason Roy will be the side's biggest strength.

Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult also chipped away with the wickets of Rohit (18) and Hardik Pandya (2) to curtail Mumbai's total below 200.

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