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

Simon Moss
April 16, 2018

The two outfits are among the three existing franchises to have never won the IPL and will be aiming to get their name on the trophy this year. A quick single and the job would have been done, but Mustafizur did not allow one of the most successful strikers of the day to connect the next three balls. It was the third successive loss for Mumbai and they remain without a point after three matches. SRH's bowlers put in another disciplined bowling performance to restrict another team for a below-par total (138), which their batsmen chased down with an over to spare despite another hiccup, not like the one they suffered against Mumbai Indians, though.

It was a blistering start for MI as Suryakumar (53 in 32 balls) and Lewis (48 in 28 balls) raced to a 100-run partnership. Yadav and Lewis hit a 4 and 6 respectively. Ishan Kishan followed up with 44 off 23 at No 3, but there was next to nothing after that.

Jason Roy's 53-ball 91 helps Delhi chase down Mumbai's 194.

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Vandana took the field with bandage on her forehead and immediately made an impact as India got three consecutive penalty corners. Manish, on the other hand, lost 2-3 to local favourite Harry Garside, again on a split decision.

Shreyas Iyer (27*) might collect a fair amount of flak for his strike-rate at the death but in the end the Daredevils scored a much needed win at the third time of asking.

The IPL returned to the Pink City after 2013 but rain played spoilsport for the major part, forcing D/L method to come into play after the hosts were 153/5 in 17.5 overs when it started drizzling. "We were 10-15 runs short but still 180+ is a good score on any ground", said Yadav, who became the leading run-getter at this stage of the tournament. We wanted momentum by taking early wickets but we couldn't. "They batted really well and did not give us a chance in first 10-12 overs", Suryakumar told reporters. It was an innings of not only great hitting, but also shouldering responsibility when the likes of Glenn Maxwell failed to finish the game off. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who missed SRH's last game, returned figures of 3/26. But what wonders a few dot balls can do in this format, even against someone batting in his 90s. The visitors will also be banking on Mujeeb Ur Rahman's spin which was lethal in the win over Delhi. He smashed six boundaries and a whopping six sixes in his assault, ramping up his aggression once he passed a half-century and with the game on the line. Roy didn't let that stop him and he continued to keep the runs ticking. "The comeback was fantastic by the bowlers and hopefully we keep continuing doing the same things", said local lad Shreyas Iyer who scored a modest 20-ball 27 on the night but more importantly held fort at one end as Jason Roy (91*) steered the visitors to victory. "I said I don't mind opening the innings because I have played most of my cricket here and know how the new ball behaves".

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