Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians

Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians

Chris Lynn did look unsafe scoring 49 runs (including 1 six and 7 fours) off just 34 balls, but apart from him no one could weave any magic. The English batsman looked in good touch but skipper Gambhir departed for 15 with Mustafizur Rahman bagging the wicket. While he shared a 50-run partnership with skipper Gautam Gambhir (15) for the opening wicket, the opener also stitched a crucial 69 and 60-run partnership with Rishabh Pant (47) and Shreyas Iyer (27) respectively. Rohit showed a peculiar lack of urgency, Kieron Pollard was bowled for a golden duck, and even the Pandya brothers - Krunal and Hardik - were kept quiet. Glenn Maxwell's (13) stay at the crease was cut short with Hardik taking a stunning catch.

Alongside Shreyas Iyer, Roy made a push for home.

While their five-wicket defeat to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's CSK in a nail-biting game was more down to misfortune, SRH rolled over the purple brigade with bat and ball barring the 12 overs from KKR's spinners which made the modest chase of 139 look hard. For MI Suryakumar Yadav scored the maximum runs - 53 on 32 balls whereas, DD's Jason Roy bagged 91 runs on 53 balls for his team. But the latter order batsmen failed to sustain the tempo and the total fell well below what the openers had promised. However, irrespective of the contrast in statistics between the two the teams as compared to the last season, MI and DD both have had a torrid start in the 11th season of IPL as they have lost their first two games.

Despite being 166-3 in the 16th over, MI could not nail the finish as they did not get the expected support from the lower order. But soon after that, Rahul Tewatia applied the brakes and send Lewis back, who was caught by Jason Roy at mid-off.

Siddharth Kaul was their most expensive pacer, conceding 37 runs in four overs but overall the three leaked 84 runs in a combined 12 overs compared to KKR's 79 in just seven overs.

Tewatia then trapped Surya in front of the wicket as Mumbai lost two quick wickets. Surya, who hit seven fours and a six, unsuccessfully reviewed the decision.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians hold the edge as they have a better record against Delhi Daredevils but it does not guarantee a win as the Twenty20 format has scant respect for form and fame. But the rain didn't play a spoilt sport and good for the fans that the entire match went through.

Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson was a standout in the Sunrisers Hyderabad match against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, in which he scored a half-century.

"He can just go and express himself".