The body language and the approach with which the Delhi Daredevils trained on the eve of their match against hosts Mumbai Indians, it was evident that the visitors plan to outbat the home team when the two meet in their IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium, here, on Saturday afternoon.
Deepak Hooda struck a six off the first ball before Ben Cutting bowled a wide.
Mumbai promoted Suryakumar Yadav to open the batting for the first time in this seven-season IPL career, and Delhi got Jason Roy, making his franchise debut, to pair with Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order. Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya contributed just 31 off 28 balls, and Kieron Pollard was bowled off his first ball, as Mumbai fell at least 25 runs short of their predicted target after being 84 for no loss in the Power Play overs. Rohit Sharma, the Pandya brothers and the lower order could only chip in with low scores as Mumbai Indians were restricted to 194 for 7. For MI Suryakumar Yadav scored the maximum runs - 53 on 32 balls whereas, DD's Jason Roy bagged 91 runs on 53 balls for his team. Pandya came to the ground on Friday evening in what was an optional training session, but looked a bit rusty. Glenn Maxwell was their best bowlers in terms of economy with three overs for 21, but everyone else went for atleast 9 an over.
After being placed at 158 for 2 at the end of 15 overs, the Mumbai batsmen could only muster 35 runs in the last five overs, losing five wickets as well. Gambhir seeking a win today.
But he couldn't connect the next three balls and somehow got bat on ball off the last to get the winning run.
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Conte swiftly responded by hauling off the disappointing Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta for Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud. The Blues looked like they were heading for another defeat after going two goals down just after the hour mark.
Pant did not spare Dhananjaya, hitting him for two sixes and a four as Delhi grabbed 19 runs of the tenth over.
The two hit it off as the former KKR man, sans his cheeky taps and scoops, blasted Delhi's bowlers to smash a half-century in a blazing century stand. 50 comes up for Yadav in 29 balls.
The team management will have high expectations from Aaron Finch, who missed the opening match against Delhi Daredevils and failed with the bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The venue of the match is at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Spare a thought for the Mumbai Indians who have fallen narrowly short of victory in all three of their IPL fixtures so far. Delhi needed one-run off the final ball and Roy connected it and completed the run to ensure that his side won, with Shreyas Iyer (27 not out) at the other end. Hardik Pandya, who had twisted his ankle in the tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings, reclaimed his regular spot at the expense of Pradeep Sangwan. In both the games MI lacked big partnerships.