England opening batsman Jason Roy made a stunning debut for Delhi Daredevils in their last-ball, seven-wicket victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
As it turns out, the game was a cracking one with Delhi chasing down Mumbai's target of 195 off the last delivery, following cameos from young Indian batsmen Rishabh Pant (47) and Shreyas Iyer (27 not out).
At the end of a terrific run chase, the skirmish between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils delivered what everyone at the Wankhede Stadium had waited for; an edge-of-the-seat thriller. 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.
On being asked how challenging the transition was given that his role was to finish off games for this former side Kolkata Knight Riders, Yadav stated: "I don't mind opening the innings because I have played most of my cricket here and I know how the new ball behaves". He batted more than me so obviously he had better idea about the wicket. So we wanted to force him to do a mistake and I did that in the Big Bash as well.More news: Zinedine Zidane sick of Real Madrid 'robbery' jibes after Juventus game
Mumbai's bowling coach Shane Bond said that the team needs to learn how to win the close matches.
Gambhir can heave a sigh of relief after their batting combination clicked following some experimentation in the first two matches. The team has ensured that David Warner's absence is not really felt although they've faltered a tad bit with their batting.
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Bhuvneshwar's breakthrough and a tidy two-run over by Stanlake had KKR struggling for 23/1 in four overs before Lynn and Rana seized the momentum in two overs off Siddharth Kaul and Rashid Khan who leaked 14 and 12 overs respectively in their first overs. "(Roy is) a class player ... we're a risky side if we keep going like that".
Pant did not spare Dhananjaya, hitting him for two sixes and a four as Delhi grabbed 19 runs of the 10th over.
Talking about Markande, he said that the bowler is impressive in the field.
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