Openers Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav helped Mumbai Indians (MI) get off to a flying start during their home game against Delhi Daredevils in the match number nine of Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018).
Leg-spinner Mayank Markanade was taken to the cleaner by Roy and Rishabh Pant (47 off 25 balls), who also played his role to perfection.
The bottom two teams of this year's IPL i.e, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils will face each other in the ninth match of IPL 2018. Rohit Sharma, the Pandya brothers and the lower order could only chip in with low scores as Mumbai Indians were restricted to 194 for 7. Yadav, slotted in as opener, struck 53 off just 32 balls and his partner Evin Lewis finally joined the IPL party with a bellligerent 48 off just 28 balls. Thus, Mumbai will continue to remain rain free, however, humidity will be on the high and temperatures will range in the early 30s, resulting in some discomfort to the players. He smashed four fours and as many sixes during his stay.
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After being placed at 158 for 2 at the end of 15 overs, the Mumbai batsmen could only muster 35 runs in the last five overs, losing five wickets as well. To make matters worse, 2 of their losses have been in front of their home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium. Spinner Rahul Tewatia applied the brakes and send Lewis back, who was caught by Jason Roy at mid-off. Going by statistics, Mumbai does seem upper hand over Delhi as the latter has only been able to register one victory at the Wankhede. Mumbai Indians had a very good start, but lost wickets in the last few overs.
The onslaught on the spin duo allowed DD to take a safer route against Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman and Krunal Pandya.
Stanlake, Kaul and Sandeep Sharma picked up two wickets apiece, while Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with one wicket each. Both teams had their big positives in the spin bowling department with Mayank Markande for Mumbai and Rahul Tewatia for Delhi and will be expected to continue with their great form. Roy put the game to rest with a four and six off the first two balls, but keeping with the trend of the game, the next three deliveries were dots. Out of the 18 balls bowled, seven deliveries either went to the boundary or over it. In his next over, Tewatia foxed Lewis by floating up a googly and drawing the mis-hit that was caught at mid off. The India all-rounder is capable of hitting towering sixes and has the knack of picking up wickets at crucial stages of the match, besides being an athletic fieldsman. He has hit 41 off 20 as of now and is scoring more runs with Lewis on the other side of the pitch.