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Jason Roy delivers match-winning innings for Delhi Daredevils

16 April 2018

England opening batsman Jason Roy played a brilliant innings for Delhi Daredevils on Saturday to send Mumbai Indians to their third consecutive defeat in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

Rishabh Pant scored 47 runs with his willow. Having lost both their matches to King XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, it was crucial to win their 3rd match.

Suryakumar Yadav is the only batsman to be among runs and his role will be a key element for the team, especially if it loses early wickets.

As DD look to climb up the table, KKR will be keen to arrest their slide and they will have to do a lot of soul-searching - first and foremost would be to get their batting organised. "But we knew if we stayed till the end we will finish the game", explained Iyer. Obviously (we) started not so well. Shakib (27 off 21 balls) and Williamson departed in quick succession but by then they had done their job and Yusuf Pathan (17* off 7 balls) launched Andre Russell into the stands to hand his former employers their second successive defeat.

It is why Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir paid tribute to his bowlers first. Chris Lynn did look unsafe scoring 49 runs (including 1 six and 7 fours) off just 34 balls, but apart from him no one could weave any magic. After Pant fell, Glenn Maxwell came and attacked in his six-ball knock before being brilliantly caught by Hardik Pandya at long-off. To make matters worse, 2 of their losses have been in front of their home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium. Roy remained unbeaten on 91 while Gambhir would fall with 15 runs to his credit. He stressed on the need to be prepared to be bat at any position that the team management wanted him to.

"I was thinking 160-170 would be a good target, but didn't happen", Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said.

In the build-up, this was a clash between an established powerhouse and a team full of promising talent; in reality, it was a scrap between two sides searching for their first win in the season.

"I used to be careless with my shots a few years".

Interestingly, with five quality bowling options, SRH did not even feel the absence of their ace bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the last match and steered to victory. With 11 needed in the final over, Englishman Roy hammered Mustifizur Rahman for four and a six, before playing out three dot balls.

His innings contained six fours and six sixes as Delhi secured their first win of the tournament. He eventually got Delhi over the line, much to the relief of the dugout.

Jason Roy delivers match-winning innings for Delhi Daredevils