Cricket

Roy masterclass ends Daredevil losing streak

2018-04-14 16:56
Jason Roy (Gallo)

Mumbai - England opening batsman Jason Roy made a stunning debut for Delhi Daredevils in their last-ball, seven-wicket victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. 

Replacing Colin Munro at the top, Roy smashed an unbeaten 91 off 53 balls with six fours and six sixes as he anchored Delhi to 195-3 off 20 overs in reply to Mumbai's 194-7. 

It was Mumbai's third successive loss in the last over in this year's IPL. 

Delhi won the toss and opted to field first, with openers Suryakumar Yadav (53 off 32) and Evin Lewis (48 off 28) giving hosts Mumbai a rapid start. 

"We thought they were 20-30 runs short," said Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir. "(Roy is) a class player ... we're a dangerous side if we keep going like that." 

Roy featured in three half-century stands to lead the run-chase as he achieved the win by hitting seamer Mustafizur Rehman for a four, six, three dot balls and then a single off the last delivery. 

After putting on a 50-run stand with Gambhir, Roy took the back seat as Rishabh Pant smashed 47 off 25 balls. 

Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya took spectacular catches in the deep to dismiss Pant and Glenn Maxwell (13), respectively. 

But Mustafizur dropped Shreyas Iyer (27 not out) twice in the 17th over at short third man before conceding 11 runs in the last over as Roy put on an unbroken 60-run stand with Iyer. 

Earlier, Yadav justified his elevation to open for Mumbai instead of captain Rohit Sharma when he shared a century stand with Lewis. 

Delhi came back strongly when legspinner Rahul Tewatia (2-36) dismissed both openers in successive overs. 

The 19-year-old Ishan Kishan scored a rapid 44 off 23 balls, but his dismissal in the 16th over hurt Mumbai. It lost five wickets for 21 runs - collapsing from 166-2 to 187-7 - with Daniel Christian clean bowling Kishan and Pollard off successive deliveries. 

Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult (2-39) also chipped away with the wickets of Rohit (18) and Hardik (2) to curtail Mumbai's total below 200. 

"Disappointed not to finish one of those three games," Rohit said of the three straight defeats for Mumbai. "We are not consistent in terms of how we want to take the innings through, not able to finish off games."

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