Jason Roy Masterclass Steers DD to First Win

In a Nutshell

Gautam Gambhir won the toss and chose to field first on a track he didn’t think would change much throughout the game. We went into the game with a couple changes – Jason Roy came in for Colin Munro and Dan Christian replaced Chris Morris. In hindsight, those were some inspired changes!

In the first innings, nothing went to plan in the first 15 overs, a lot did in the last five. In the second innings, everything did.

91* off 53. It was a masterclass in T20 batting from a man who has built a reputation for himself over the years - Jason Roy. Credit has to go to Rishabh Pant as well. His quickfire 47 off 25 put us in an extremely comfortable position in this big chase. It was our first win of the VIVO IPL 2018, and it was fitting that it came from a clinical display of power-hitting.

Spirited Bowling Comeback

Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis started positively with crisp cricketing shots as well as some admirable innovative ones. It was a forgettable first 6 overs for us, as Lewis and Yadav piled on the boundaries to score a staggering 84 for the loss of no wickets.

Rahul Tewatia and Glenn Maxwell put brakes on the scoring after the powerplay, giving away just 8 runs between them in the 7th and 8th overs. Despite that, at the first strategic time-out Mumbai were in a dominant position. Something had to go our way.

Tewatia tilted the scales in our favour with the wickets of both the openers after the time-out. Courtesy of Rahul, the 6 overs after the powerplay saw us give away just 38 runs and pick up two wickets.

With 149/2 from 14 overs, the launching pad was set for Rohit Sharma and co. However, Ishan Kishan departed after a quickfire 44 off 23 balls. Dan Christian turned the game on its head with two wickets off two balls, including Kieron Pollard for a first-ball duck. With 2.3 overs to go, MI lost the wicket of Rohit Sharma as well. This mini-collapse certainly cost MI an extra 15-20 runs in the death. We were making our way back into the game.

It was an incredible final five overs for us, as we gave away only 36 runs and picked up 5 wickets. Keeping in mind the start Mumbai had, they would have been disappointed at the score they ended up with. The momentum was with us going into the second innings. DD had their task cut out for them.

The Jason Roy Masterclass

Unsurprisingly, Jason Roy and Gautam Gambhir began proceedings for us. Roy came out all guns blazing, while Gautam found it difficult to connect his big hits.

The fifth over turned out to be extremely expensive for MI, with Roy smashing Hardik Pandya all around the Wankhede.

Gambhir perished in the next over, trying one big-shot too many. The first strategic time-out of the second innings was taken with us at 63/1 in 7 overs.

From overs 8 to 10, Jason Roy and Rishabh Pant smashed some really monstrous sixes to score 41 runs. In his first game this season, Roy showed no signs of rust. On the contrary, his timing and shot-selection was absolutely impeccable. Roy brought up his fifty in the 11th over and went on to score a match-winning and unbeaten 91.

The onslaught from Pant and Roy brought the required run-rate down to about 9 an over with 54 balls to go. Pant departed after a potentially game-changing innings of 47 off 25. Glenn Maxwell came in and launched a couple, but soon fell to a sensational catch from Hardik Pandya.

After 15 overs, our score stood at 148/3 with 47 left to get in 5 overs. Wickets notwithstanding, the run-rate was under control at all times. With four overs left in the chase, DD required just 35 runs.

After Roy and Iyer connected a couple more, we required just 16 off 12 deliveries. A miserly penultimate over from Jasprit Bumrah left us with 11 to get in the last over.

It was an entertaining encounter, and the final over was no exception. There was some unbelievable drama from both ends. Jason Roy hit one through the ropes and one over them from the first two balls, and Mustafizur Rahman foxed Roy with cutters to register three consecutive dots. In the end, Roy managed to chip one over cover for the final run.

It was a brilliant win. But, Gautam Gambhir will let the squad know that the job isn’t nearly done. He still has unfinished business, and the squad will do whatever they can to help him, Dilli, and themselves achieve it.

Brief Scores: MI 194/7 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 53 off 32, Evin Lewis 48 off 28, Dan Christian 2/35, Rahul Tewatia 2/36); DD 195/3 (Jason Roy 91* off 53, Rishabh Pant 47 off 25, Krunal Pandya 2/21)

Jason Roy Masterclass Steers DD to First Win

In a Nutshell

Gautam Gambhir won the toss and chose to field first on a track he didn’t think would change much throughout the game. We went into the game with a couple changes – Jason Roy came in for Colin Munro and Dan Christian replaced Chris Morris. In hindsight, those were some inspired changes!

In the first innings, nothing went to plan in the first 15 overs, a lot did in the last five. In the second innings, everything did.

91* off 53. It was a masterclass in T20 batting from a man who has built a reputation for himself over the years - Jason Roy. Credit has to go to Rishabh Pant as well. His quickfire 47 off 25 put us in an extremely comfortable position in this big chase. It was our first win of the VIVO IPL 2018, and it was fitting that it came from a clinical display of power-hitting.

Spirited Bowling Comeback

Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis started positively with crisp cricketing shots as well as some admirable innovative ones. It was a forgettable first 6 overs for us, as Lewis and Yadav piled on the boundaries to score a staggering 84 for the loss of no wickets.

Rahul Tewatia and Glenn Maxwell put brakes on the scoring after the powerplay, giving away just 8 runs between them in the 7th and 8th overs. Despite that, at the first strategic time-out Mumbai were in a dominant position. Something had to go our way.

Tewatia tilted the scales in our favour with the wickets of both the openers after the time-out. Courtesy of Rahul, the 6 overs after the powerplay saw us give away just 38 runs and pick up two wickets.

With 149/2 from 14 overs, the launching pad was set for Rohit Sharma and co. However, Ishan Kishan departed after a quickfire 44 off 23 balls. Dan Christian turned the game on its head with two wickets off two balls, including Kieron Pollard for a first-ball duck. With 2.3 overs to go, MI lost the wicket of Rohit Sharma as well. This mini-collapse certainly cost MI an extra 15-20 runs in the death. We were making our way back into the game.

It was an incredible final five overs for us, as we gave away only 36 runs and picked up 5 wickets. Keeping in mind the start Mumbai had, they would have been disappointed at the score they ended up with. The momentum was with us going into the second innings. DD had their task cut out for them.

The Jason Roy Masterclass

Unsurprisingly, Jason Roy and Gautam Gambhir began proceedings for us. Roy came out all guns blazing, while Gautam found it difficult to connect his big hits.

The fifth over turned out to be extremely expensive for MI, with Roy smashing Hardik Pandya all around the Wankhede.

Gambhir perished in the next over, trying one big-shot too many. The first strategic time-out of the second innings was taken with us at 63/1 in 7 overs.

From overs 8 to 10, Jason Roy and Rishabh Pant smashed some really monstrous sixes to score 41 runs. In his first game this season, Roy showed no signs of rust. On the contrary, his timing and shot-selection was absolutely impeccable. Roy brought up his fifty in the 11th over and went on to score a match-winning and unbeaten 91.

The onslaught from Pant and Roy brought the required run-rate down to about 9 an over with 54 balls to go. Pant departed after a potentially game-changing innings of 47 off 25. Glenn Maxwell came in and launched a couple, but soon fell to a sensational catch from Hardik Pandya.

After 15 overs, our score stood at 148/3 with 47 left to get in 5 overs. Wickets notwithstanding, the run-rate was under control at all times. With four overs left in the chase, DD required just 35 runs.

After Roy and Iyer connected a couple more, we required just 16 off 12 deliveries. A miserly penultimate over from Jasprit Bumrah left us with 11 to get in the last over.

It was an entertaining encounter, and the final over was no exception. There was some unbelievable drama from both ends. Jason Roy hit one through the ropes and one over them from the first two balls, and Mustafizur Rahman foxed Roy with cutters to register three consecutive dots. In the end, Roy managed to chip one over cover for the final run.

It was a brilliant win. But, Gautam Gambhir will let the squad know that the job isn’t nearly done. He still has unfinished business, and the squad will do whatever they can to help him, Dilli, and themselves achieve it.

Brief Scores: MI 194/7 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 53 off 32, Evin Lewis 48 off 28, Dan Christian 2/35, Rahul Tewatia 2/36); DD 195/3 (Jason Roy 91* off 53, Rishabh Pant 47 off 25, Krunal Pandya 2/21)

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