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Roy takes Daredevils home in last-ball thriller against MI

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

smashed an unbeaten 91 as Daredevils defeated hosts Indians by seven wickets in a last-ball thriller in the here today.

Opener Roy made a mockery of a listless Indians bowling attack as he hammered six fours and as many sixes in his 53 ball knock to help overhaul the home team's 194/7 for their first win of the season.

It was the third successive loss for MI and they remain without a point after three matches.

With 11 needed in the final over, Englishman Roy hammered Mustifizur Rahman for four and a six, before playing out three dot balls. needed one-run off the final ball and Roy connected it and completed the run to ensure that his side won, with Shreyas (27 not out) at the other end.

Roy and conjured up a 50-run stand for the first wicket. Roy made his intentions clear hitting a four off Hardik Pandya. He then smashed a towering six and a four off Akila Dhananjaya as raced to 23/0 in two overs.

Hardik Pandya conceded 21 runs in his second over as Roy hammered him for two consecutive sixes over long on and square-leg respectively and followed it with a four.

But Gambhir (15), failed to convert his start, as he gave a sitter to off Rahman.

Leggie was taken to task by Roy and one down Rishabh Pant (47 off 25 balls), who also played his role to perfection.

Pant did not spare Dhananjaya, hitting him for two sixes and a four as grabbed 19 runs of the 10th over. But Kieron Pollard brought MI back into the game with a stunning diving catch at long-off as Pant went back to the pavilion with the visitors at 119/2. Glenn Maxwell's (13) stay at the crease was cut short with Hardik taking a stunning catch.

and Roy ensured that there was no further damage and finally took their side home.

Earlier, Indians batting finally clicked with Suryakumar leading the way with a whirlwind fifty as the defending champions posted a formidable score.

After being put to bat, the strategy of opening the inning with Yadav, instead of Rohit Sharma, and worked wonderfully well, as they gave MI a flying start with a 102-run-stand.

After (53 off 32 balls) and Lewis (48 off 28 balls) posted the century stand, their good work was continued by (44 off 23 balls). But the latter order batsmen failed to sustain the tempo and the total fell well below what the openers had promised.

and Lewis made their intentions clear by smashing a four each in the first over off They brutally punished Boult as 15 runs came in his second over, with hitting two fours and Lewis striking his first six. then welcomed with a six and followed it with two fours as he made a mockery of the listless attack.

MI raced to 84/0 after the powerplay, their highest score in history in the first six overs. But soon after that, applied the brakes and send Lewis back, who was caught by at mid-off. Lewis smashed four fours and as many sixes.

Tewatia then trapped Surya in front of the wicket as lost two quick wickets. Surya, who hit seven fours and a six, unsuccessfully reviewed the decision.

But lost Rohit (18), Krunal Pandya (11) and Hardik Pandya (2) in quick succession, as bowlers made a strong comeback in middle and death overs.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 20:20 IST
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