SRH celebrate their first ever IPL win at Eden Gardens against KKR

Kieran Pollard hits out

SRH registered its third straight win in the season to consolidate their position at the top of the points table while KKR suffered its second successive defeat and are now placed fourth. Roy responded to the challenge of 11 needed off six balls by hitting Mustafizur for a four and a six, but swung and missed at the next three balls.

Head to head: Mumbai lead 11-9 in the 20 matches played against Delhi.

Mustafizur nearly took the tie into super over after bowling three dot ball and with 1 run needed of final delivery, Roy managed to get bat on ball to hit the winning run. With one needed off one, Roy swung again and this time made enough contact to clear the infield on the off side and ensure his outstanding debut for Daredevils did not have a Super Over. He then smashed a towering six and a four off Akila Dhananjaya as Delhi raced to 23/0 in two overs. Billy Stanlake who played all the three games fared decently well with the ball. "The comeback was fantastic by the bowlers and hopefully we keep continuing doing the same things", said local lad Shreyas Iyer who scored a modest 20-ball 27 on the night but more importantly held fort at one end as Jason Roy (91*) steered the visitors to victory. Kieron Pollard also failed miserably and went for a golden duck.

MI Squad: Lewis, Rohit, Kishan, Suryakumar, Krunal Pandya, Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Markande, Bumrah, Dananjaya, Mustafizur. It fell upon Shreyas Iyer to support Roy to complete the job. Openers Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav scored 53 and 48 runs respectively and also notched up an 84-run partnership in the powerplay. "They batted really well and did not give us a chance in first 10-12 overs".

The home side scored 194 for 7 in their 20 overs with Suryakumar Yadav hitting 53 off 32 balls. The batting line up did chip in by chasing the total but it was the bowlers, who have managed to pull the reins on the opposition on both occasions. Yadav welcomed Mohammed Shami with a six and followed it with two fours as he made a mockery of the listless Delhi attack. But soon after that, Rahul Tewatia applied the brakes and send Lewis back, who was caught by Jason Roy at mid-off. However, Daniel Christian, with two wickets, brought things under control for DD to restrict Mumbai to a below-threatening score.

KKR had reached 52-1 from the seven overs before a rain delay, during which Robin Uthappa (3) was given out caught behind to Bhuvneshwar on review, and Rana became the first man in this year's event to hit Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for six.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians hold the edge as they have a better record against Delhi Daredevils but it does not guarantee a win as the Twenty20 format has scant respect for form and fame.

Kolkata: In a fresh injury blow to Kolkata Knight Riders, young pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti was on Saturday ruled out of the remainder of IPL season due to a foot injury.



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