It wasn't obviously a great ploy but desperate times call for desperate moves.
Mumbai's find of the season so far, the legspinner Mayank Markande, had his first rough night in the IPL. Yet their 2018 IPL journey has been all about a similar frustrating end - defeat: one to a last wicket and two to last balls. 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. Needless to say, the freshness is still alive even completing 11 seasons.
As it turns out, the game was a cracking one with Delhi chasing down Mumbai's target of 195 off the last delivery, following cameos from young Indian batsmen Rishabh Pant (47) and Shreyas Iyer (27 not out).
Of the seven matches they played at home in 2017, the Royal Challengers managed to win just one. We thought they were going to get 230.
KKR had reached 52-1 from the seven overs before a rain delay, during which Robin Uthappa (3) was given out caught behind to Bhuvneshwar on review, and Rana became the first man in this year's event to hit Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for six. So a team can help the players who were just sitting idle on the bench. MI found themselves in the middle of the two approaches, of attack and caution, with neither results achieved. Incidentally, they have won four of their last five matches against Delhi with the 146-run victory previous year being the highest in IPL. It was priceless - given the match-situation, the assistance for spinners and Maxwell's credibility as a bowler.
Despite losing the toss, Rohit Sharma was not fussed about batting first because conditions were ideal: a true pitch, fast outfield and short boundaries. Trent Boult delivers yet another expensive over.
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Catches win matches! It is often that the bowler gets al the applause for scalping wickets but the credit should also go to the fielders for pulling off brilliant catches in the field. With 16 needed off the last two overs, Bumrah bowled an exceptional penultimate over conceding only five.
And then came the time to pay th price for some other the defending champions took. He eventually got Delhi over the line, much to the relief of the dugout. Hardik was without a back-up pacer, a role he fits in better at the moment. The bowling, in comparison, has shown improvement.
Jason Roy, stole victory from the jaws of defeat for the visiting side.
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MI have been undefeated against DD in their last three encounters.