Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis laying a strong platform for the reigning champions. The likes of Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell should perform to sustain that argument and to provide their team a victory in this year's IPL. Both the teams did not have their expected start this season with both facing a loss in their opening matches. Jason Roy took Wankhede by storm with his unbeaten knock of 91 that saw 6 fours and 6 sixes.
First on Saturday, MI's West Indian left-hander Evin Lewis and the in-form local talent Surayakumar Yadav showed their mettle against seamers Roy, Pant and Hardik Pandya and spinners Akila Dananjaya and Mayank Markande. But soon after that, Rahul Tewatia applied the brakes and send Lewis back, who was caught by Jason Roy at mid-off.
On a day when the bowlers lived up to their reputation by restricting MI to 147-8, SRH's experienced batsmen nearly threw the match away as eventually it was the last wicket pair of Deepak Hooda and No 11 Billy Stanlake who scrambled home. 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.
Winning the toss, Gautam Gambhir elected to bowl first on a flat-batting track at the Wankhede stadium. Roy struck 10 runs in the first two balls but missed to get the bat on next three. So much so that the cricket fans right from the Mumbai Indian supporters to the Chennai Super Kings worshippers are glued to their television sets.
It will be the ninth match of season 11 where the Mumbai Indians face Delhi Daredevils today. Both the batsmen were scalped by Krunal Pandya. While Roy picked the ball and hit it cleanly, Gambhir on the other end struggled to get it off the middle of the bat.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has simply been a class act with the ball while Siddharth Kaul has been a revelation in the pace department. The right-hander slammed 32-ball 53 and hit seven fours and a six. Pollard was bowled off the next delivery and suddenly Delhi had the momentum going into the innings break.
One the other hand, the Knight Riders' last match was on Tuesday, providing them ample time to prepare for the clash.
MI's Yadav, promoted in the order, admitted that his side fell a few runs short of what they should have achieved.
Ishan was on 25 off 11 balls with his captain Rohit Sharma on 7. In trying to go for another big hit off Teewatia, Lewis holed out to long off for a power-packed 48 off 28 balls including four fours and as many sixes.