IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians swept by unbridled Roy

IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians swept by unbridled Roy

Roy duly stepped up, working well with a trio of partners to lead the charge and reach Delhi's target with the final ball, earning their first win as the Indians' misery goes on.

Hyderabad (SRH) displayed another good performance as they beat Kolkata (KKR) by five wickets to register their third successive win and maintain their top position in the 2018 IPL standings on Saturday. With 11 needed in the final over, Englishman Roy hammered Mustifizur Rahman for four and a six, before playing out three dot balls.

Earlier, a splendid bowling show spearheaded by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, coupled with a brilliant fielding display, helped Sunrisers restrict KKR to a modest 138/8 in a rain-interrupted first innings.

The belief was strengthened when Rishabh Pant went after leg-spinner Mayank Markande and scored a 25-ball 47 with half a dozen 4s and two sixes.

Williamson and Shakib eased the nerves - Williamson notching his 18th T20 fifty from 43 balls and Shakib passing 4,000 runs in the format - and even though they fell towards the death, Yusuf Pathan (17no of 7) pulled Russell over deep square for the match-winning six with an over to spare. Whereas, Delhi never had a chance of holding the trophy and is gunning to win the coveted title under veteran opener Gautam Gambhir's guidance.

Delhi made Mumbai bat first, and openers Suryakumar Yadav (53 off 32) and Evin Lewis (48 off 28) made a great start.

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Opening the innings with Gambhir, Roy looked absolutely composed as he toyed with the field. Lewis smashed four fours and as many sixes. With a mere single needed off four balls, Mustafizur did something Mumbai Indians hadn't done a lot off till then.

Instead, Mumbai Indians managed to put up only 194 on the board despite a quickfire 23-ball 44 from the young Ishan Kishan.

Suryakumar made his 50 before being trapped lbw, with Kishan then picking up the baton and smashing seven boundaries - his stint ended by Dan Christian (2-35), who swiftly removed Kieron Pollard, next in, for a golden duck.

Pollard and Hardik took spectacular catches in the deep to dismiss Pant and Glenn Maxwell (13), respectively. "The comeback was superb by the bowlers", Shreyas Iyer was quoted as saying after the match. Mumbai Indians have now lost this season off the penultimate ball against Chennai Super Kings, last ball against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and last ball against Daredevils.

Speaking about the tense finish Iyer said "As a batsman, you would love to close down the chase at the earliest, but they bowled some really good slower balls and the last over, it was tougher for Jason to pick up".

About his own batting, Iyer said he has of late become choosy at the beginning.

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