Roy sparkles as DD snap losing streak in humdinger

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After being put to bat, the strategy of opening the inning with Yadav, instead of captain Rohit Sharma, and Evin Lewis worked wonderfully well, as they gave Mumbai Indians a flying start with a 102-run-stand. If DD's impressive batting order of Gautam Gambhir, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell and Shreyas Iyer perform well, the team could see at adding to their tally of victories at Wankhede.

With the availability of Hardik Pandya, it will be a huge plus for the Mumbai Indians and are not expected to make much changes to their playing XI. Though Roy smashed a four and a six off the first two deliveries, Mustafizur bowled three consecutive dots balls. Shami were hacked to near-death as openers Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis blazed to 66 without any loss with one over still left in the powerplay.

Speaking about the tense finish Iyer said "As a batsman, you would love to close down the chase at the earliest, but they bowled some really good slower balls and the last over, it was tougher for Jason to pick up".

Besides Gautam Gambhir, Rishabh Pant has shown himself to be one of the more reliable batsmen in the DD ranks, and batting in the top three means he gets to face a bulk of the bowling.

On Thursday evening, the Sunrisers beat Mumbai Indians in a nail-biter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Mumbai's Hardik Pandya had no answer for the rampaging-Brit, the allrounder leaking 32 runs from his two overs and giving Roy the ideal start to capitalise on. Krunal Pandya was hit hard by Pant but Kieron Pollard took a beauty of a catch straight down the ground in deep.

Among the bowlers, leg-spinner Mayank Markande has initially taken the IPL by storm and has been brilliant in the two games.

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Mumbai Indians is all set to confront an equally struggling Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in match 9.

In a superb move, Mumbai Indians chose to bring Rohit Sharma back to the middle-order after he failed to impose himself in the first two games of the season.

Stanlake, Kaul and Sandeep Sharma picked up two wickets apiece, while Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with one wicket each.

The 19-year-old left-hander hit two sixes and a four off Rahul Tewatia as Mumbai garnered 19 runs from the over.

MI's Yadav, promoted in the order, admitted that his side fell a few runs short of what they should have achieved. In trying to go for another big hit off Teewatia, Lewis holed out to long off for a power-packed 48 off 28 balls including four fours and as many sixes.

Bowling: HH Pandya 2-0-32-0, Dananjaya 4-0-47-0, Bumrah 4-0-27-0, Rahman 4-0-25-1, Markande 3-0-42-0, KH Pandya 3-0-21-2.

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