Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

IPL 2018: Desperate defending champions Mumbai manage to lose another one

IPL 2018: Desperate defending champions Mumbai manage to lose another one

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.

Gambhir can heave a sigh of relief after their batting combination clicked following some experimentation in the first two matches. But now we have played three and won one. Iyer and Roy ensured that there was no further damage and finally took their side home.

The Aussie Pack: Aussies featured only on Ricky Ponting's side for this match, Dan Christian seeping 35 runs from his three overs but picking up two vital scalps back-to-back.

The Mumbai Summit: The reigning champions shuffled their order with Rohit Sharma (18) demoting himself down to No.4, Suryakumar Yadav (53) joining West Indian Evin Lewis (48) at the top of the order. "But we knew if we stayed till the end we will finish the game", explained Iyer. Jason Roy did that to pedantic perfection last evening at Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai Indians's new spin sensation Mayank Markande was taken for 42 in three overs, Sri Lankan mystery tweaker Akila Dananjaya disappeared for 47 in four, and Hardik Pandya's two overs cost 32 runs. However, irrespective of the contrast in statistics between the two the teams as compared to the last season, MI and DD both have had a torrid start in the 11th season of IPL as they have lost their first two games.

"Sunrisers have some good bowlers, and on a given day you have to gauge who isn't bowling well and then go after him". And with him bleeding in the powerplay, Mumbai Indians were without a pacer to turn to in the middle overs. "We did not start that well with the ball, but we brought it back extremely well, and then with the bat", Roy told Pant in an interaction for IPLT20.com. Somehow, Roy stole one run from the final ball helping Delhi win their first match in the IPL this year.

Somehow, he got his bat up in a position to ramp it up and over to thirdman boundary. "I figured that if I gave myself some time I could cover it up". I usually like to take some time and build my innings.

But on paper, Bangalore have a strong batting line up what with their top four including Kohli, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum.

The Mumbai players will be keen to put an inspired display for their 21,000 young fans (kids from municipal schools), who will be cheering for them as part of Reliance Foundation's Education and Sports for All initiative.

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