In the end, it was Jason Roy's innings which headlined DD's remarkable win against the defending champions.
Suryakumar Yadav justified his promotion as opener with some elegant stroke play as Mumbai Indians raced to their fastest 50 in IPL in the fourth over. Roy, who replaced off-colour Colin Munro in the XI, answered skipper Gautam Gambhir's call. DD needed 11 off 6 and it was on Mustafiz to deliver the impossible. It isn't out of the question that a middle-order batsman wins this market on a fairly low total, after early Mumbai wickets.
The last over was heart-stopping with Delhi needing 11 to win and getting 10 following a four and a six off Mustafizur Rehman by Roy off the first two balls. He also picked up the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya.
Chasing a mammoth 195, Delhi were off to a flier even after a rusty looking Gambhir was dismissed. Then MI lost their third consecutive thriller as Roy connected the swing and the ball soared over the semicircle of off-side fielders.
It was a poor day in the office for MI's best bowler Mayank Markande who finished expensive, giving away 42 in three overs.
MI's opening duo added 102 runs for the first wicket just in nine overs. In the process, Roy also notched up his maiden IPL fifty.
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Under the cosh now, the three-time victor - which has been forced to make a few changes because of an ankle-related injury to all-rounder Hardik Pandya and the non-availability of Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins - is hopeful of fielding its best eleven against the Daredevils. But Kieron Pollard brought Mumbai back into the game with a stunning diving catch at long-off off Pant - the visitors were at 119/2 at that stage. Had Mustafizur Rahman caught two chances at short third man off Shreyas Iyer in the 17th over, the result might have been different, because with 16 required off 12 balls, Bumrah sent down an excellent 19th over that cost just five. Evin Lewis and Surya put up a century stand, setting to propel MI past 200. MI's scoring was affected and the run-rate plummeted. Mumbai's batting heights came in phases, and during those phases, nearly every Delhi bowler was punished.
DD Squad: Gambhir, Roy, Iyer, Pant, Maxwell, Shankar, Christian, Tewatia, Nadeem, Shami, Boult.
Mumbai post 194/7 in their 20 overs.
While Mumbai Indians had got plundered the Delhi bowling attack in the first innings owing to the quickfire knocks from openers Suryakuamr Yadav (53) and Evin Lewis (48), Roy returned the favour in fine style as he ripped through the Mumbai bowling attack.
Asked about last night's match going down to the wire with the victory coming off the last ball, Rashid said such things happen in T20 cricket and it was a learning experience for his team.