IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils - 5 talking points

Siddarth Kaul Rohit Sharma SRH MI Hardik Pandya

Delhi Daredevils (195-3) opened their account in IPL 2018 as they chased the highest ever IPL total at the Wankhede Stadium defeating Mumbai Indians (194-7) by 7 wickets. Yadav smashes a boundary in the first ball, Boult drops the catch of Lewis, 10 runs off the over.

Meanwhile, Delhi Daredevils also has good batting line-up including Gautam Gambhir, Rishab Pant, Aussie Glenn, Maxwell, Jason Roy and Colin Munro.

In a superb move, Mumbai Indians made a decision to bring Rohit Sharma back to the middle-order after he failed to impose himself in the first two games of the season. Earlier, the Mumbai Indians ploy of opening the innings with Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis worked well as the duo put on a 102-run stand.

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After a brief struggle to get going, Delhi capain Gautam Gambhir fell topedging Mustafizur Rahman to Rohit Sharma at shortmidwicket. Ishan Kishan also managed to harry the Delhi bowlers until he was bowled out. Roy struck 10 runs in the first two balls but missed to get the bat on next three. Yadav out! 53 runs (32) lbw Rohit Sharma comes to crease, just four runs off the over.

Stanlake, Kaul and Sandeep Sharma picked up two wickets apiece, while Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with one wicket each. "If I keep my routine and those small small processes right, this (pointing to his Orange Cap) will come someday", said the 27-year-old Mumbai batsman.

The Delhi Daredevils have been much better in the bowling department compared to their batting performance which has let them down in their previous games. Even so, suffering narrow defeats, Mumbai Indians might opt for Hardik Pandya which depends on his recovery for today's match. But the visitors did not look too convincing in a modest chase against Mumbai Indians last night before pulling off a one-wicket victory off the last ball, a first in IPL history. However, good death-bowling ensured that they contained the home side to under 200 runs in the 20 overs. With seven of the eight games in IPL11 being won by teams that batted second, Mumbai Indians have to really come out all guns blazing and outbat Delhi if they are to buck the trend.

Mumbai Indians: Mystery pinner Akila Dananjaya makes his IPL debut replacing all-rounder Ben Cutting while the charismatic Hardik Pandya returns to the eleven after missing out on the away game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In both the games MI lacked big partnerships.

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