MI vs DD and SRH vs KKR on Saturday

Bessie Dean
April 14, 2018

Preview: Holders Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Daredevils (DD), both winless so far, will be eager to crack a win and register their first points when they clash in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.

There was plenty of drama before Jason Roy gave the finishing blow to a pulsating Vivo-IPL match, lifting Bangladesh's left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman over cover for Daredevils' first win in three matches. Though he scored the runs off just 25 balls there was less slogging and more sensible play.

After being put to bat, the strategy of opening the innings with Yadav - instead of captain Rohit Sharma - and Evin Lewis worked wonderfully well, as they gave Mumbai a flying start with a 102-run-stand.

Sunrisers, in contrast, are riding high at the top of the table with two wins from two while Kolkata felt the keen edge of Sam Billings' blade to lose to Chennai after an opening win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on the back of Sunil Narine's 17-ball half-century. Just three overs to go. Lewis smashed four fours and as many sixes. His four overs are guaranteed and even though he was expensive in his last two outings, Boult is capable of running through batting orders, and delivering yorkers at the death.

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Despite the fact that Delhi Daredevils was the only team that lost a game chasing this season Gautam Gambhir made a decision to invite Mumbai to bat. Both have played two and lost two.

Hardik Pandya missed Mumbai's last match; he did not travel to Hyderabad having suffered a twisted ankle earlier. It was too late before Yadav was dismissed by Tewatia, who brought Delhi back into the game for a score of 53 to send him back to the pavilion. Rohit Sharma needs to play two down or needs to have the patience to play and stay at the wickets at least until the 12th over. Moreover the inconsistent Jasprit Bumrah has made the Mumbai Indians a changed side altogether.

Pant did not spare Dhananjaya, hitting him for two sixes and a four as Delhi grabbed 19 runs of the tenth over. Later, Daniel Christian (3-35-2) and Trent Boult (4-39-2) also chipped in with a couple of wickets each.

Openers Suryakaumar Yadav and Ewan Lewis, who had taken the rest of the bowling pack to the cleaners were kept quiet by Tewatia in the seventh over but their total was still a formidable 87-0. Out of the 18 balls bowled, seven deliveries either went to the boundary or over it. It is the third match for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018. The India all-rounder is capable of hitting towering sixes and has the knack of picking up wickets at crucial stages of the match, besides being an athletic fieldsman.

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