IPL 2018 Preview: Mumbai Indians desperate to get over final hurdle

Woman molested during IPL match at Wankhede Stadium

Woman molested during IPL match at Wankhede Stadium

Disappointed at not seeing his team through after scoring his first fifty for Mumbai Indians, and his second IPL fifty ever (the first came for Kolkata Knight Riders two years ago), Yadav said: "We were 10-15 runs short but still 180-plus is a good score on any ground". Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis plundered 84 off the Powerplay, but a slump in which five wickets fell for 21 allowed them to get only 194, a below-par total on a belting batting pitch. Suryakumar was the second batsman to depart falling to Tewatia.

"Sunrisers have some good bowlers, and on a given day you have to gauge who isn't bowling well and then go after him". The former India opener is also KKR's all-time leading run-getter and was instrumental in turning the Eden Gardens as his team's fortress during his tenure. MI finally managed to post a total of 194/7.

Rahul Tewatia, Trent Boult, Daniel Christian and Mohammed Shami may have been expensive, but with each of the bowlers taking crucial wickets, Delhi were able to restrict the hosts.

The Final Over: With 11 runs required for victory, Mustafizur Rahman had ball in hand with Roy looking to complete the job for Delhi. However, with the former's failures in the previous games, Gambhir and Co may have run out of patience and made a decision to give the English opener a chance.

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Daredevils debutant Jason Roy led the chase with an unbeaten 91 - he faced the first and last ball of the chase - and was supported by Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer as the visitors left the Wankhede with their first points in the bag. Off his three overs, DD plundered 42 runs. Hardik Pandya, Mayank Markande leaked runs like water. Iyer got together with Roy for a crisis chat before the last delivery of the game, and told the English batsman to keep his shape.

Mumbai Indians, despite a commendable performance in the first innings, could not create any magic with the ball and faced their third consecutive loss sending them straight to the last standing position amongst all the teams.

Opener Roy made the mockery of a listless Mumbai Indians bowling attack as he hammered six fours and as many sixes in his 53 ball knock to help Delhi overhaul the home team's 194/7 for their first win of the season. We'd hoped for a super over but Roy finished it with a skied shot at long off to score a single and give DD a win. However, along with that, the unit also needs to handle their nerves well given that they've lost all the three matches after dragging it to a nail-biting finish. We just need (to win) one game, then the momentum will be built from there.

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