Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

IPL 2018: Winless Mumbai, Delhi clash in key game

IPL 2018: Winless Mumbai, Delhi clash in key game

So much so that the cricket fans right from the Mumbai Indian supporters to the Chennai Super Kings worshippers are glued to their television sets. Mustafizur Rahman, Mumbai's end-overs specialist, had the ball. Moreover the inconsistent Jasprit Bumrah has made the Mumbai Indians a changed side altogether. Against Kings XI Punjab he scored freely and was looking good against Rajasthan as well, but wasn't able to go on to make a big score. Delhi have a quality team and with players like Gautam Gambhir, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Moris, there is talent and quality and the team just has to believe in themselves.

The form book hasn't been too kind for Delhi Daredevils batsmen but it can all turn around very quickly in the IPL; Gautam Gambhir's team will be mindful of that.

While Suryakumar was slick and innovative - he found the third-man boundary with a late uppercut off Trent Boult and the deftest glide to a yorker from Mohammed Shami - Lewis used his strength to punish Daredevils' poor lengths. He hoicked over midwicket and lofted over the infield and, by the end of the Powerplay, Roy had 37 off 18 balls.

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It will be the ninth match of season 11 where the Mumbai Indians face Delhi Daredevils today. Roy was severe on Markande, as the purple cap holder conceded 27 runs in his first two overs.

Ishan Kishan came in at No.3 and impressed with his batting with a quick 44 in 23 deliveries. After a brief warm-up, Pandya was right on the money as he bowled nearly three overs to Evin Lewis. "Obviously we were expecting around 220 but the bowlers restricted them well in the middle and we really bowled well in patches". Yadav and Lewis hit a 4 and 6 respectively. Over the years, Mumbai has been guilty of being poor starters in the tournament. Lewis, who was on 5 runs at that time, went for a slog sweep off Nadeem's delivery only to see the ball finding the top edge and going just over Boult's head as he ran backward to take the catch. With MI's opening partnerships being 7 and 11 in the first two games, they gambled sending Yadav to open the innings with Lewis and he adapted well to the situation. Rishabh Pant (42 off 21) and Jason Roy (56 off 29) have kept Delhi on the track after Gambhir's departure.

On a day when the bowlers lived up to their reputation by restricting MI to 147-8, SRH's experienced batsmen nearly threw the match away as eventually it was the last wicket pair of Deepak Hooda and No 11 Billy Stanlake who scrambled home.

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