Mumbai once again finish on the wrong end of a nail-biter. They will certainly look back at the last six overs, where they capitulated with the bat. Their bowling, barring Mustafizur and Bumrah’s second spell, was ordinary. Rohit is also under pressure to get runs on the board. Jason Roy was magnificent with the bat and showed nerves of steel under pressure. Delhi are up and away. As for Mumbai, they have been here before and know more than any other team the formula to turn things around from here.

Rohit Sharma: Disappointing not to finish the [last few games] games. We had a good score on the board. We could have bowled smarter and used the slower balls better, but credit to Jason Roy. We got off to a great start with the bat, but didn’t capitalize towards the end. [When asked about the dropped catches] There is room for improvement in the fielding department.

Delhi Daredevils win by 7 wickets Another heart-stopping finish. This time, Roy gets bat on ball and it goes over the infield and the batsman get the run that takes them over the line. Terrific contest that was a death-knell for the bowlers. Hope we get to see more of an even contest at Eden Gardens later in the day. Roy remains unbeaten on 91.

DD 194/3 in 19.5 Overs Three dot balls What drama! What a comeback from Mustafizur, deceiving Roy with a series off cutters. The Englishman tries to run it down to third man but fails each and every time. Do we have a super over on our hands? This is incredible and we have another last-ball finish.

DD 194/3 in 19.2 Overs SIX! Easy as it comes. Take a bow, Jason Roy. Mustafizur drifts one towards leg-stump and Roy is on it in a flash, flicking it over the fine leg fielder for a maximum. Mumbai bury their heads in their palms.

DD 188/3 in 19.1 Overs FOUR! Jason Roy creams a harmless wide delivery outside the off stump to the extra-cover fence. The batsman had all the time to free his arms.

DD 184/3 in 19 Overs What a over, just five runs off it. Incredible stuff from Bumrah, who deceives Roy and Iyer with a series of slow balls outside the off-stump. Once again, the India pacer makes a claim for being among the best white-ball exponents in the death overs. That was immense and could have possibly turned the match on its head. Mustafizur, in all probability, will bowl the last over.

DD 179/3 in 18 Overs 16 needed from 12 for Delhi. Once again, Iyer eases the pressure with a boundary of the last ball of the over. Otherwise, it was a solid over from Mustafizur. Just eight from it.

DD 171/3 in 17 Overs Two dropped catches from Mustafizur at short third-man. On both occasions, Shreyas Iyer was the batsman. Rohit and Bumrah wear a resigned look as they see the match slowly slipping away from them. Fizz, however, can make amends with his bowling. How will he respond?

DD 160/3 in 16 Overs Delhi need 36 from the last four overs. Mumbai need a big over after the break or they will see the match firmly slip away from them. Roy is struggling a bit with cramps but continues to get the odd six to ease the pressure. Iyer has acquainted himself nicely at the crease.

DD 148/3 in 15 Overs SIX! Shreyas Iyer also takes on Dananjaya, depositing the ball to the second tier. Tremendous bottom-hand work on that shot as Iyer breaks the shackles. It just looked like Mumbai had put the brakes on the scoring rate.

OUT! DD 135/3 in 13.2 Overs Another screamer of a catch from Hardik Pandya. Wow, phenomenal piece of athleticism, running nearly 20-metres to his left, diving full length and holding on to the ball. It looked very unlikely that Pandya could even get close when the ball was in the air. Mumbai are back in this. Maxwell was looking dangerous in the middle.
G Maxwell c H Pandya b K Pandya 13 (6)

OUT! DD 119/2 in 11.5 Overs What a catch by Pollard at long-off. The West Indian throws himself forward and catches it, making it look like a stroll in the park when it was far from it. End of an explosive knock by Pant. It could potentially be match-winning.
R Pant c Pollard b K Pandya 47 (25)

DD 113/1 in 11 Overs Jason Roy reaches his fifty with a cut shot, getting a couple of more runs. He then takes on Bumrah, lofting the ball over Kieran Pollard at mid-off for a boundary. Pollard came close to getting his fingertips on it with a full-length jump.

DD 104/1 in 10 Overs PANT IN SUPREME TOUCH! Using his feet and taking on Dananjaya’s spin, Pant is dealing in boundaries. 19 from the over as the left-hander gets two boundaries and hits a six that went into the top tier, back over the bowler’s head. Magnificent batting from these two, and the fifty partnership is up.

DD 85/1 in 9 Overs The chase is on! Another big over off Markande, 17 runs off it. The runs continue to come thick and fast for Pant and Roy, who belted a cracking straight six off the leggie, hitting it with the turn. Pant continues to milk boundaries, sweeping away to glory.

DD 63/1 in 7 Overs Pant is on the attack, taking on Markande and gets back-to-back boundaries. Roy has gone off the boil slightly. Delhi need a couple of big overs as the required run-rate has crept up towards the 11-run mark at this stage.

DD 50/1 in 5.1 Overs OUT! Mustafizur strikes and Gambhir’s scratchy stay the crease comes to an end. It was a slower bouncer from the pacer, the ball gets the top-edge of the southpaw’s bat and it’s a simple catch for Rohit Sharma in the ring.
G Gambhir c Rohit b Mustafizur 15 (16)

DD 50/0 in 5 Overs ROY takes on Pandya! 21 runs from the Pandya over. Back-to-back sixes for Jason Roy and he follows it up with a four back over the bowler’s head. His second six might have reached row-z on the leg-side boundary – it was a 96-metre six! It was exactly the over Mumbai wanted.

DD 29/0 in 4 Overs Mumbai have pulled things back with two excellent overs. Mustafizur is at his cunning best. With Rohit’s backing, the Bangladeshi pacer doesn’t give an inch and it’s just four from his first over. Bumrah gives away just two runs from his first over, rifling in his trademark yorkers. Roy and Gambhir had to drop anchor. Just six from the last 12 balls.

DD 23/0 in 2 Over ROY ON THE ATTACK! The England opener steps out and thumps Dananjaya for a monstrous six, almost clearing the park. He then wallops the off-spinner for a boundary, going over mid-off’s head. Just the start Delhi wanted.

DD 11/0 in 1 Over 11 from the first over and Delhi are up and away as Jason Roy gets his strong bottom hand to use straight away. Gambhir gets his first boundary with a leg-glance. Sandwiched between those two scoring shorts was a loud appeal from the bowler and the keeper for a caught behind down the leg side off Gambhir. The umpire says nothing doing, and rightly so – it came off the Delhi skipper’s pads.

Suryakumar Yadav is handed the orange cap. Who would have thought that at the start of the season?

MUMBAI FINISH AT 194/7 Yet another good over for Delhi, only seven runs taken off it. Mumbai were destined for a score in excess of 200 but some fine death-over bowling has ensured at Delhi stand a chance here. They, like opponents, need a flying start too.

OUT! MI 187/7 in 19.1 Overs Not a good return for Hardik Pandya as he too makes the long walk back. Trying to heave Boult over deep mid-wicket, the ball goes only as far as Shreyas Iyer, who pouches a fine take facing the sun. Rohit Sharma looks flabbergasted in the dugout as Delhi continue to chip away.
H Pandya c Iyer b Boult 2 (3)

Shami concedes just four runs from the 19th over.

OUT! MI 183/6 in 18.3 Overs Krunal Pandya goes after Delhi take a review. The batsman tries a paddle, gets an inside edge and Tewatia takes a safe catch at short-fine. Good call from Delhi, who continue to impress in the final overs.
K Pandya c Tewatia b Shami 11 (10)

MI 183/5 in 18 Overs Fine over from Boult, giving away only seven runs from it. Hardik Pandya is the new batsman at the crease. Delhi have pulled things back nicely here. Can they restrict Mumbai to less than 200?

MI 179/5 in 17.3 Overs OUT! Rohit Sharma holes out in the deep. Boult outwits the Mumbai skipper with a slow delivery, no timing or elevation on the shot for Rohit and it’s another simple catch for Roy. This time, at deep cover.

MI 166/4 in 15.5 Overs OUT! Pollard comes in, and departs. The West Indian gets a dreadful deflection off his pads and the ball clips the off stump. Christian on a hat-trick. Delhi get off to a dream restart after the break.
K Pollard b Christian 0 (1)

MI 166/3 in 15.4 Overs OUT! Ishan Kishan is out trying to go for a reverse sweep, missing a Dan Christian full toss. The southpaw played a little gem here and was dismissed minutes after taking the third-wicket stand past fifty.
I Kishan b Christian 44 (23)

MI 158/2 in 15 Overs Kishan’s carnage gathers momentum! The boundaries continue to arrive at a rapid pace for the southpaw, whose deft touches frustrate Shami. He got two more fours before the break was taken. Delhi might end up chasing close to 220 at the this rate.

MI 141/2 in 13 Overs Kishan on fire! Tewatia is now taken to the cleaners and Ishan Kishan plays two world class shots, depositing the ball over the ropes each time. Rohit is content returning the strike back to him at this stage. 19 of the over and there goes whatever little momentum Delhi had managed to gain in the last few overs.

Arjun Tendulkar | Image credit: Sandeep Shetty / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
Arjun Tendulkar | Image credit: Sandeep Shetty / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

MI 122/2 in 12 Overs Rohit Sharma is off to a flyer too. A drive and a cheeky dab to the vacant third-man fence sees the Mumbai captain get to a much better rhythm than the previous two games. He badly needs a big score here.

MI 109/2 in 10.2 overs OUT! Tewatia strikes again. There is a hint of turn and Surykumar misses the ball while attempting a sweep and the ball thuds into his pads. Huge appeal from Delhi and the umpire raises the finger. Mumbai take a review and replays showed that the ball was going to clip middle stump. Outstanding stuff from Suryakumar.
Suryakumar Yadav lbw b Tewatia 53 (32)

MI 107/1 in 10 overs Fifty for Suryakumar! What a knock it has been. Could it go on to be a turning point in the Mumbai batsman’s career in the IPL? He has been a picture of destruction and grace today and gets to his half-century with a brace. Ishan Kishan is the new batsman at the crease.

MI 102/1 in 9 overs OUT! Finally, Delhi can breathe easy. Tewatia strikes as Lewis decides to get greedy with the big hits. He goes inside out and the ball lands safely to the palms of Jason Roy, who is stationed at long-on. What a knock, what a partnership!
E Lewis c Roy b Tewatia 48 (28)

MI 92/0 in 8 overs Some respite for Delhi, finally. Just eight from the last two overs. Gambhir turns to spin at both ends through Tewatia and Glenn Maxwell. They take the pace off the ball and do not allow the batsmen any room. Lewis and Suryakumar go on the defensive.

MI 84/0 in 6 overs The onslaught continues! 18 from the over. Lewis goes berserk. Got to feel for Delhi at this stage as Dan Christian’s harmless, wide deliveries were dispatched to the boundary with utter ease. The over ended with an enormous maximum over long-on. Delhi need a miracle, and quickly.

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MI 66/0 in 5 overs Shami sent packing too. Suryakumar is playing like a man possessed. Short, full, slightly wide – it doesn’t matter. He effortlessly dispatched the first ball of the over to the stands and followed that with a couple of commanding pull shots, which fetched him boundaries. 14 from the over.

MI 52/0 in 4 overs SIX! Don’t ball short to Lewis. It took Mumbai only 22 balls for Mumbai to bring up their fifty and the West Indian is taking Nadeem to the cleaners. Lewis hammered a maximum to the second tier over fine-leg. We are witnessing an extraordinary onslaught.

MI 40/0 in 3 Overs The runs keep on coming. Suryakumar and Evin Lewis are dealing in boundaries. Lewis brought up the fist six of the match, tonking Trent Boult back over the sightscreen. Surya hasn’t gone for anything extravagant so far and is motoring along. In the midst of all this, Boult dropped Lewis at fine-leg – the sun was perhaps a distraction.

MI 15/0 in 1 Over Flying start for Mumbai. Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav are up and away. The over ends with the home side earning four leg-byes. Both the openers went after Boult, who was too full with his length, and brought up boundaries.


Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, Akila Dananjaya

Delhi Daredevils: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult

Toss: Gautam Gambhir opts to field first. Both teams ring in changes. Jason Roy in for Colin Munro and Dan Christian for Chris Morris. For Mumbai, Akila Dananjaya comes in place of Ben Cutting and Hardik Pandya returns after an injury. He replaces Pradeep Sangwan.

Winless title-holders Mumbai Indians and an equally sluggish Delhi Daredevils will be eager to notch up their first points when they clash in the Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

While Mumbai went down to Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad by identical one-wicket margins in edge-of-the-seat thrillers, Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi succumbed to Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in their first two games.

Mumbai’s batting line-up which boasts of attacking players like skipper Rohit Sharma, West Indians Elvin Lewis, Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav has failed to fire in unison in the first two games.

The hosts would especially hope for an end to the dismal run of skipper Rohit, who fell cheaply in both the games after a largely forgettable tour of South Africa and some modest run in the tri-series in Sri Lanka prior to the commencement of the T20 League.

Rohit’s form is crucial for Mumbai and with Lewis too not coming good, the opening partnership has been struggling to get going.

Mumbai could look at promoting Krunal Pandya up the order if his injured brother Hardik, who did not play in the game against Sunrisers last night, again misses Saturday’s match.

Delhi, on the other hand, also possess top batsmen but they too haven’t been able to perform to their potential till now. Expectations will be high from local boy Shreyas Iyer, apart from captain Gambhir, Rishabh Pant, Aussie Glenn Maxwell, Englishman Jason Roy and Kiwi Colin Munro.