Preview: Holders Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Daredevils (DD), both winless so far, will be eager to crack a win and register their first points when they clash in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday. Roy was beaten the next three balls and DD now required 1 off 1. Suryakumar from Mumbai Indians is hitting the ball mercilessly hard. The trio bowled superbly to keep Mumbai in the hunt, but with three other bowlers, including Hardik Pandya, having a bad day, Delhi snapped their losing streak.
Delhi have sent back the risky openers.
Both the batsman cleared the boundary ropes easily as runs began to flow thick and fast. Trent Boult and Mohammad Shami both are being punished without discrimination.
The first real chance for Delhi to get the breakthrough came in the second over. Surya, who hit seven fours and a six, unsuccessfully reviewed the decision. The duo wrecked havoc and helped MI go past 50-run mark in just 3.4 overs. The slump in last five overs may haunt Mumbai here.
Delhi came back strongly when legspinner Rahul Tewatia (2-36) dismissed both openers in successive overs.
On a day when the bowlers satisfied their notoriety by confining MI to 147-8, SRH's accomplished batsmen almost discarded the match as in the long run it was the last wicket combine of Deepak Hooda and No 11 Billy Stanlake who mixed home. They need 35 runs of the last four overs.
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 Kieron Pollard brought MI back into the game with a stunning diving catch at long-off as Pant went back to the pavilion with the visitors at 119/2. However, Mumbai lost too many wickets in the last five overs to captalise on the great start.
Skipper Rohit Sharma, who had demoted himself at No 4 today, could only score 18 runs off 15 balls with 2 boundaries only. Roy was severe on Markande, as the purple cap holder conceded 27 runs in his first two overs.
Pant did not spare Dhananjaya, hitting him for two sixes and a four as Delhi grabbed 19 runs of the 10th over.
Replacing Colin Munro at the top, Roy smashed an unbeaten 91 off 53 balls with six fours and six sixes as he anchored Delhi to 195-3 off 20 overs in reply to Mumbai's 194-7. Shikhar Dhawan and Mumbai Indians' favourite, Mayank Markandey, was the actual hero of the match because Dhawan made a fighting 45 runs, while Mayank Markande got four-wickets in his spell.