Suryakumar Yadav felt that Mumbai Indians were at least 10-15 runs short of their predicted target after being 84 for no loss in the Power Play overs in their Indian Premier League game against Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday (April 14). He, however, felt that 194 for 7 was a defendable target.
Promoted to open the batting for the first time in his seven-season IPL career, Suryakumar made 53 off 32 balls, but once he, Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan fell, Mumbai lost five wickets for 21 runs to squander momentum. Delhi’s chase was built around Jason Roy’s unbeaten 53-ball 91 and the partnerships of 50, 69 and an unbroken 60 he shared with Gautam Gambhir, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. They won by seven wickets off the last ball of the match.
“We were 10-15 runs short but still 180-plus is a good score on any ground,” Suryakumar said. “It was defendable when we started. While fielding we wanted momentum and to take early wickets, but we could not get back. They batted really well and did not give us a chance in the first 10-12 overs.”
Suryakumar admitted it was “a little disappointing” to have lost all their three matches Mumbai have played so far, but he was confident of the team making a comeback. “We know it has been done in the past as well, a few games don’t take away anything. It’s a long tournament, we just need one game, then the momentum will be built from there.”
Roy, who made his franchise debut, was happy to have contributed to Delhi opening their account. “It’s great to be on the board. Obviously (we) started not so well. But now we have played three and won one. We did not start that well with the ball, but we brought it back extremely well, and then with the bat,” Roy told Pant in an interaction for IPLT20.com. “Each batter came with positive intent and looked to hit boundaries. I am very happy. It was a key partnership between you (Pant) and me.”
Delhi’s positive intent came across when they promoted Pant to No.3 after Gambhir fell in the sixth over. It proved decisive as Pant hit six fours and two sixes in his 25-ball 47, which allowed Roy to be steady at his end. After Pant fell, Glenn Maxwell came and attacked in his six-ball knock before being brilliantly caught by Hardik Pandya at long-off. It fell upon Shreyas Iyer to support Roy to complete the job.
Iyer, who remained unbeaten on 27 off 20 balls, said that the shuffle in the batting order did not affect him much. He stressed on the need to be prepared to be bat at any position that the team management wanted him to.
“As the situation demands, you have to be ready at any number you bat and all the players have to be on their toes,” Iyer said. “You have to get the best results at any position you are told to bat at. In some matches, the luck didn’t go our way but obviously all of us are hitting the ball really well.
“I used to be careless with my shots a few years. This year I have worked on that,” he added. “I figured that if I gave myself some time I could cover it up. I was sure that I would finish the game.”
Iyer, who termed the win against Mumbai “great”, said that they were expecting to chase “a score around 220”, but was happy with how the bowlers pulled things back.
The chase itself had its tense moments, especially at the death. With 16 needed off the last two overs, Bumrah bowled an exceptional penultimate over conceding only five. Iyer failed to score off the last two balls of the 19th over, but said that he and Roy were confident of scoring the necessary 11 runs in the final over.
Roy hit Mustafizur Rahman’s first two deliveries for a four and a six to tie the score, but then missed connecting the next three balls to reduce the equation to one needed off the last ball. He eventually got Delhi over the line, much to the relief of the dugout.
“I wasn’t forcing anything. As batsmen, we would like to finish it as soon. Jason had trouble picking it up earlier. We believed that we could even after taking it to the last over,” Iyer said. ”If it’s your day, you can totally smash every ball. Depends on player to player. I usually like to take some time and build my innings. We have some players who can just start heavy. We figured that one of the top four have to stick around and finish.”