Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in IPL match

Alicia Farmer
April 16, 2018

I am very happy.

Mumbai Indians scored 194-7 after a 102 run opening partnership between Suryakumar Yadav (53 off 32) and Evin Lewis (48 off 28).

During the first inning and before the start of the second inning the match was interrupted a couple of times due to rain. Suryakumar Yadav (53) grabbed his opportunity to open the innings with both hands as he reached a well compiled half century. "It was defendable. When we started fielding we wanted momentum and early wickets but we couldn't get back". They batted really well and did not give us a chance in first 10-12 overs. Some quick wickets at the back end restricted the home side, but it was those at the top who contributed the lion's share, the opening trio combining for 75 per cent of Mumbai's total score. But, we know as it has been done in the past as well, a few games down doesn't take away anything. "Maximum time you will see that if spinners take two-three wickets in the middle period, they are doing an exceptional job for the team".

Delhi's favourite is Kiwi T20 specialist Colin Munro at 13/5, ahead of Gautam Gambhir at 3/1. "It's great to be on the board". But now we have played three and won one. Local boy Rishabh Pant, who smashed a 25-ball 47 against Mumbai Indians, will also be a vital cog in the wheel. Glenn Maxwell's (13) stay at the crease was cut short with Hardik taking a stunning catch. He batted more than me so obviously he had better idea about the wicket.

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The chase itself had its tense moments, especially at the death. In the last 14 overs, Daredevils conceded only 110 runs. They brutally punished Boult as 15 runs came in his second over, with Yadav hitting two fours and Lewis striking his first six.

Needing 11 in the last over, Roy smas-hed a boundary and a six off the first two deliveries of Musta-fizur Rahman. Jason had trouble picking it up earlier. "Even in the last over Jason found it hard to pick. I just asked him to hold your position and just smash the ball". Depends on player to player.

The Mumbai players will be keen to put an inspired display for their 21,000 young fans (kids from municipal schools), who will be cheering for them as part of Reliance Foundation's Education and Sports for All initiative.

But on paper, Bangalore have a strong batting line up what with their top four including Kohli, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum.

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