Riding on opener Jason Roy's (91 not out) scintillating knock against three-time champions Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils registered their maiden win in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede stadium yesterday.
Vital partnerships Roy had partnerships of 50 with captain Gautam Gambhir, 69 with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (47 off 25), and an unbeaten 60 for the fourth wicket with Iyer.
Roy duly stepped up, working well with a trio of partners to lead the charge and reach Delhi's target with the final ball, earning their first win as the Indians' misery goes on.
He may have started his maiden appearance at the top of the batting order in Twenty20s with a memorably fifty at his home ground, but Suryakumar Yadav wasn't thrilled with his effort.
On being asked how challenging the transition was given that his role was to finish off games for this former side Kolkata Knight Riders, Yadav stated: "I don't mind opening the innings because I have played most of my cricket here and I know how the new ball behaves".
There was plenty of drama before Jason Roy gave the finishing blow to a pulsating Vivo-IPL match, lifting Bangladesh's left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman over cover for Daredevils' first win in three matches. Starting with MI, their top-order failed in both their games during which they descovered a special bowler in leg-spinner Mayank Markande, who is leading the top wicket-takers chart in the early stages of the tournament.
It was the third successive loss for MI and they remain without a point after three matches. The Mumbai batsman did not disappoint as he scored a half-century but admitted that his side were a few runs short of match-winning total. SRH won the toss and choose to field first.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have got off to a great start in the IPL this year. When the last ball was being bowled I thought we could have taken it to the super over.
MI batted first in both the matches yet they lost, while DD got to defend and chase in either of their games so far.
Head to head: Mumbai lead 11-9 in the 20 matches played against Delhi. "We're a unsafe side if we keep going like that", he added.
Pant did not spare Dhananjaya, hitting him for two sixes and a four as Delhi grabbed 19 runs of the 10th over.
The Mumbai players will be keen to put an inspired display for their 21,000 young fans (kids from municipal schools), who will be cheering for them as part of Reliance Foundation's Education and Sports for All initiative. "The comeback was superb by the bowlers", said Iyer.