IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik defends sending Shubman Gill at No 7

IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik defends sending Shubman Gill at No 7

What time will Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match start?

It is possible that Mumbai Indians aren't buying any of the "close defeats" hype. Their start against Daredevils, however, was anything but slow.

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

#1 Rohit Sharma's formRohit has been out of form in the first three games. Rohit dropped himself down the order, and Suryakumar partnered Lewis at the top for the first time. Jason Roy did that to pedantic perfection last evening at Wankhede Stadium. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was horribly inaccurate and did not flight the ball, while Shami and Dan Christian bowled lengths that allowed the batsmen room.

Delhi needed one off the final ball and Roy hit it over the top and completed the run. Yadav and Lewis hit a 4 and 6 respectively. Suryakumar was the second batsman to depart falling to Tewatia.

Ishan Kishan came in at No.3 and impressed with his batting with a quick 44 in 23 deliveries. After posting a huge total of 195 runs on board, the bowlers failed to pick up wickets, which costed the home side their first win of the tournament.

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With one run required of the last four balls off The Fizz, a victory was looking inevitable for Delhi. Neither their balling line up made a lasting impression. Roy neutralised that as well with brute force to clear the boundaries.

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. Jason Roy was Delhi's star with the bat. In case he sits out, Mumbai will be tempted to opt for birthday body Jean-Paul Duminy instead of Ben Cutting and continue with Pradeep Sangwan who had replaced Mitchell McLenaghan in the last match.

Daredevils were coasting towards the target, but hit a bump at the end.

Gambhir, who was associated with KKR since 2011, has better knowledge of the conditions and he will be keen to make a point against his former franchise, who did not retain him this year. With 11 needed in the final over, Englishman Roy hammered Mustafizur Rahman for four and a six, before playing out three dot balls.

KKR showed defensive strategy early on to hold back their in-form opener Narine, a move that did not help much as their batting order did not seem convincing with U-19 World Cup victor Shivam Mavi coming in at No 7.

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