IPL: Struggling KKR look to get together against buoyant Delhi

Delhi Daredevils player Shreyas Iyer bats against Mumbai Indians during VIVO IPL cricket T20 match in Mumbai India Saturday

He faced the first and last balls of the Delhi Daredevils chase; both brought him singles, the latter handing Mumbai Indians their third successive defeat of IPL 2018. Leggie Mayank Markanade was taken to task by Roy and one down Rishabh Pant (47 off 25 balls), who also played his role to perfection. Mumbai's Hardik Pandya had no answer for the rampaging-Brit, the allrounder leaking 32 runs from his two overs and giving Roy the ideal start to capitalise on.

Gautam Gambhir has seen Suryakumar Yadav flourish under him at Kolkata Knight Riders, but now representing different franchises, Gambhir saw his former teammate promoted to open the innings and score a 32-ball 53 that set the tone for the Mumbai Indians.

The Mumbai Summit: The reigning champions shuffled their order with Rohit Sharma (18) demoting himself down to No.4, Suryakumar Yadav (53) joining West Indian Evin Lewis (48) at the top of the order. But, we know as it has been done in the past as well, a few games down doesn't take away anything.

"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. Bhuvneshwar Kumar of SRH took 3 wickets. However, along with that, the unit also needs to handle their nerves well given that they've lost all the three matches after dragging it to a nail-biting finish. DD's only win at this venue against MI came way back in 2012.

Despite losing the toss, Rohit Sharma was not fussed about batting first because conditions were ideal: a true pitch, fast outfield and short boundaries.

Let us have a look at the possible reasons for Mumbai Indians' slow start in this years' IPL.

For KKR, Sunil Narine picked up 2 wickets while Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson and Piyush Chawla all getting one wicket each.

In the build-up, this was a clash between an established powerhouse and a team full of promising talent; in reality, it was a scrap between two sides searching for their first win in the season. With 16 needed off the last two overs, Bumrah bowled an exceptional penultimate over conceding only five.

Mumbai opted to bat first and posted a competitive total of 194, although they lost 7 wickets in the process. "We believed that we could even after taking it to the last over", Iyer said. However, while we were coming back on the flight yesterday, they (captain and team management) said they would like it if I opened the innings as I have played a lot of cricket here (at Wankhede) and that I was the most experienced player.

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