IPL 2018: Roy's daredevilry carries Delhi

Do nail-biters like Sunrisers Hyderabad versus Mumbai Indians hint at IPL being fixed?

Do nail-biters like Sunrisers Hyderabad versus Mumbai Indians hint at IPL being fixed?

In another match today between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils, MI lost which they have never won any of the IPL 2018 matches so far.

Replacing Colin Munro at the top of the order, Roy smashed an unbeaten 91 off 53 balls with six sixes and six four as he anchored Delhi to 195-3 off 20 overs in reply to Mumbai's 194-7. Leggie Mayank Markanade was taken to task by Roy and one down Rishabh Pant (47 off 25 balls), who also played his role to perfection.

Hosts Mumbai lost to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad by identical one-wicket margins in close encounters while Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi finished second best to Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in their first two outings. The move proved a masterstroke early as the opening partnership yielded 102-runs from nine overs and had the Daredevils scrambling for solutions. A few games with no wins doesn't take away anything.

Mustafizur Rahman was left to defend 11 off the final over; Roy took 10 of those from the first two balls, but was beaten off the next three to bring it down to one from one.

"I was thinking 160-170 would be a good target, but didn't happen", Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said. Mumbai have failed to win their opening game for 6 seasons now and their record at the start of the season remains dismal.

Gambhir can heave a sigh of relief after their batting combination clicked following some experimentation in the first two matches.

As DD look to climb up the table, KKR will be keen to arrest their slide and they will have to do a lot of soul-searching - first and foremost would be to get their batting organised. In some matches, the luck didn't go our way but obviously all of us are hitting the ball really well.

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.

Williamson's innings was laced with 4 fours and one six while Shakib hit 2 fours and a six during his knock as the duo shared 59-run stand for the fourth wicket to guide their team. A four and a six ensued leaving just the solitary run to get from the remaining four balls.

"Obviously nice to win three in a row, and this surface required some adapting, but the real highlight was our fielding tonight", Hyderabad captain Williamson said at the post match presentation. "We believed that we could even after taking it to the last over", Iyer said. We have some players who can just start heavy.

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