Mumbai: Shreyas Iyer praised the fight back of Delhi Daredevils (DD) bowlers after the early mauling they got from Mumbai Indians (MI) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 on Saturday. “It was a key partnership between you (Pant) and me”. Poor economy, no discipline in bowling, some sloppy fielding and sub-par captaincy made Delhi win the match easily.
Roy put on a 50-run stand with skipper Gautam Gambhir for the opening wicket.
The two outfits are among the three existing franchises to have never won the IPL and will be aiming to get their name on the trophy this year.
The Aussie Pack: Aussies featured only on Ricky Ponting’s side for this match, Dan Christian seeping 35 runs from his three overs but picking up two vital scalps back-to-back. How often do we see a opening batsman play till the last ball to finish a game?
He started to sway away, and even took his eyes off the ball but some how at the last instant, even as the ball was nearly a blur behind him, his instincts and quick hands took over. Mumbai’s Hardik Pandya had no answer for the rampaging-Brit, the allrounder leaking 32 runs from his two overs and giving Roy the ideal start to capitalise on.
In the process, Rahul Tewatia and Glenn Maxwell slipped in seven overs – the first six of which costed only 38 runs in return of two wickets.
Needing 11 off the final over, Roy hit a cover drive for four in the first ball followed by a six over fine leg. However, Rahman bowled a hat-trick of dot balls to bring down the equation to one required of the last ball. Roy was efficient in using his feet to meet the pitch of the ball, as well as using the depth of the crease while shifting back.
And as it turned out, Delhi Daredevils accelerated in the game via the middle overs – with the bat and the ball – a period which proved to be the gamechanger in the match. “Think I should buy Manish some beers after this”, he said after receiving the award. The misfortune continued for Mumbai as they lost to Delhi Daredevils in an encounter that stretched to the last ball yet again. I said I didn’t mind batting anywhere as I am flexible.
“Sunrisers have some good bowlers, and on a given day you have to gauge who isn’t bowling well and then go after him”. Depends on player to player.
Rana hit Stanlake firmly just wide of Pandey, who showed wonderful reaction to grab it on the second attempt and give SRH the breakthrough in four balls after play resumed.
But on paper, Bangalore have a strong batting line up what with their top four including Kohli, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum.