MI v DD: Old foes face off to chart new course

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MI v DD: Old foes face off to chart new course

Mumbai Indians (MI) are the defending champions and were the table toppers in previous edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), while Delhi Daredevils (DD) stood at 6th in the tally last season. "I just told him to hold your position, you are hitting the ball really well, so don't try to be cheeky and all and you can easily clear the boundary".

Gambhir can heave a sigh of relief after their batting combination clicked following some experimentation in the first two matches.

That partnership was finally ended in the ninth over as Lewis, having just taken Mumbai into three figures, slogged to Roy at long off. It fell upon Shreyas Iyer to support Roy to complete the job.

With one run required of the last four balls off The Fizz, a victory was looking inevitable for Delhi.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma didn't open for the home side with Suryakumar Yadav stepping in for the skipper along with Evin Lewis. We knew that if we take it to the last over, we were going to win the game.

For Mumbai Indians, their batting line up is not up to its full strength as not even one of their batsman has scored a half-century in their two matches so far.

With 11 needed from the final over, Roy hit a four and a six off the first two deliveries before a single over cover sealed a seven-wicket win in Mumbai.

For Daredevils, in-form batsman Jason Roy will be the side's biggest strength.

Saturday was the Bengali New Year and although Shakib missed out on celebrating in his homeland Bangladesh, Kolkata is a really good place for celebrating the Bengali New Year as well.

After skipper Gautam Gambhir's departure off the first ball of the sixth over, Roy's presence gave Daredevils the feeling the target could be reached.

"As the situation demands, you have to be ready at any number you bat and all the players have to be on their toes", Iyer said.

The cheapest over in the Powerplay cost 10 runs, and Mumbai's 84 was their best score after six overs in the IPL.

Bhuvneshwar's breakthrough and a tidy two-run over by Stanlake had KKR struggling for 23/1 in four overs before Lynn and Rana seized the momentum in two overs off Siddharth Kaul and Rashid Khan who leaked 14 and 12 overs respectively in their first overs. I usually like to take some time and build my innings.

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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