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. Rohit Sharma and Co are notorious for losing a spate of matches in the initial stages, only to play catch-up later on, and, as was the case in three previous editions, go on to lift the trophy. "The comeback was unbelievable by the bowlers and hopefully we keep continuing doing the same things", said local lad Shreyas Iyer who scored a modest 20-ball 27 on the night but more importantly held fort at one end as Jason Roy (91*) steered the visitors to victory.
Both the openers, SA Yadav and E Lewis fired and scored 53 runs and 48 runs respectively giving Mumbai Indians the kind of start they were looking for. Akila Dananjaya made his IPL debut in this match as well.
KKR showed defensive strategy early on to hold back their in-form opener Narine, a move that did not help much as their batting order did not seem convincing with U-19 World Cup victor Shivam Mavi coming in at No. 7.
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Opting to bowl after winning the toss, SRH's overseas duo of Billy Stanlake (2/21) and Shakib Al Hasan (2/22) put the brakes in the middle overs, triggering a collapse after a one-hour rain delay. Obviously (we) started not so well. But our bowlers restricted the score and really bowled well in patches. To make matters worse, 2 of their losses have been in front of their home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium.
Kuldeep and Chawla also kept it tight as their pacer bowlers kept leaking runs. He stressed on the need to be prepared to be bat at any position that the team management wanted him to. The pressure began to build on Mumbai thereafter, with Delhi not loosening their grip.
Captain Williamson made exactly 50 from 44 balls and Yusuf Pathan hit a huge six to win it with an over to spare, consigning KKR to back-to-back defeats. Included in the side at the expense of Colin Munro, Roy showed how valuable he can be with a sizzling display during the chase.
But Gambhir (15), failed to convert his start, as he gave a sitter to Rohit Sharma off Rahman. As Delhi Daredevils won the match by 3 wickets. His effortless lofted drives off the likes of Hardik Pandya (whom he was particularly merciless against) would've brought back memories of old Virender Sehwag in a Delhi jersey for fans in the national capital. Chasing a paltry target of 139, Sunrisers crossed the line in the 19th over without much drama. Once again the victory eluded them on the final delivery of the match. Or an Avesh Khan for that matter.