IPL 2018: Match 9, MI vs DD - Who Said What

IPL 2018: Match 9, MI vs DD – Who Said What

"We are not consistent in terms of how we want to take the innings through," disappointed Rohit said.

Jason Roy & Rishabh Pant
Jason Roy & Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It was yet another last ball thriller and loss for Mumbai Indians (MI) as Jason Roy stood between them and the win at the Wankhede Stadium. Delhi Daredevils heroically chased down the target of 195 runs off the last ball of the innings but the game was under their control in the second half itself. However, it was some sensible death bowling from the home side that brought the game down the wire only to break the hearts of the sea of the blue present at the venue.

After losing the toss, MI got off to a blazing start courtesy their openers Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis tore apart the hapless bowling of the visitors. They added 102 runs in less than 10 overs as it seemed like Mumbai will post more than 220 on the day. Even Ishan Kishan smashed his way to 44 off just 23 deliveries which helped his side set up for a big finish. But DD came back stunningly in the last five overs as they conceded only 36 runs and scalped 5 wickets. MI eventually posted 194 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.

The chase began with Jason Roy taking the attack to the opposition even as Gautam Gambhir failed to connect the ball. But Rishabh Pant played magnificently well as the duo kept Delhi ahead in the game. But his wicket followed by Glenn Maxwell’s didn’t help their cause as MI came back in the reckoning even as Roy opened his arms again in the final overs. Few lusty blows off their key bowlers meant the game was always in favour of DD. But it went to the last over thanks to a sensational penultimate over from Jasprit Bumrah.

The first couple of deliveries of the last over went for 10 runs as Delhi required only a solitary run off 4 balls. But the drama was yet to unfold with Mustafizur Rahman bowling 3back-to-back dot balls. However, Roy kept his cool and played the last ball over the in field to hand Mumbai yet another defeat as Daredevils got off the mark in the season.

Man of the Match, Jason Roy said:

Was a good knock, but we came together as a team and showed what we’re capable of. Brought it back nicely wit the bowlers, took it right to the last game unfortunately. It’s a great place to bat, most stadiums around India are good places to bat.

Delhi Daredevils captain, Gautam Gambhir said:

Boult, Shami, tremendous effort, we thought they were going to get 230, we restricted them to 190. We thought they were 20-30 runs short. That itself was a positive. He’s(Roy) a class player. We’re a dangerous side if we keep going like that.

Mumbai Indians captain, Rohit Sharma said:

Disappointed not to finish one of those three games. It was a slower pitch, we could have used the slower ball. Credit to Jason, a chanceless innings. Games like this happen. Very good start, couldn’t capitalise in the last five overs.

We are not consistent in terms of how we want to take the innings through, not able to finish off games. We’ll learn from this and come back. There is room for improvement with our fielding.