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IPL Cricket: Roy inspires Daredevils to extend Indians' misery

16 April 2018, 04:44 | Erica Roy

Jason Roy & Rishabh Pant

Jason Roy & Rishabh Pant

In reply, DD reached 195 for 3 in the last ball of their innings. However, along with that, the unit also needs to handle their nerves well given that they've lost all the three matches after dragging it to a nail-biting finish. With 11 needed in the final over, Englishman Roy hammered Mustifizur Rahman for four and a six, before playing out three dot balls.

Mumbai Indian's Suryakumar Yadav was surprisingly promoted to open the innings.

The debutant Roy, who was later named man of the match for his 59-ball 91, championed Delhi's chase to perfection. We wanted momentum by taking early wickets but we couldn't.

Skipper Dinesh Karthik will face a big test when a struggling Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with a resurgent Delhi Daredevils, led by double title winning former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir, in a much-anticipated IPL clash here tomorrow. Yadav completed his fifty before returning to the dugout as he scored 53 runs off 32 balls with 7 fours and a six, while Lewis scored 48 runs off 28 balls hitting 4 fours and 4 sixes. Somehow, Roy stole one run from the final ball helping Delhi win their first match in the IPL this year.

Iyer and Roy ensured that there was no further damage and finally took their side home.

"I really didn't think about it when I started playing the tournament", Yadav said when asked how hard it would be to wear the Cap till the end of the tournament. But by the time Pant was out, he had scored a precious 25-ball 47. Earlier, Mumbai looked poised for a sizeable total only to lose their way in the last five overs of the innings.

The home side never really got going following the break, paceman Stanlake striking in the first over after play resumed courtesy of a great catch from Manish Pandey at point.

Ishan Kishan came in at No.3 and impressed with his batting with a quick 44 in 23 deliveries. It was Williamson who looked more comfortable against the KKR bowlers. Rishabh Pant stepped in at No.3 and complemented Roy. Roy-Pant were dominating the Mumbai bowlers with Hardik Pandya, Akila Dananjaya and Mayank Markande being hit all over the park.

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.

Shakib Al Hasan and Kane Williamson also claimed impressive catches - Al Hasan dismissing Kolkata's top scorer Chris Lynn (49) one-handed off his own bowling - as Sunrisers restricted their opponents to 138-8 in Saturday's clash at Eden Gardens. So they said number four is the position where you'll be batting.

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