After losing the first one to Chennai Super Kings and the second to Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians managed to do the same in their third clash of Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) - this time against Delhi Daredevils.
He finished with 91 not out in 53 balls (6x4, 6x6) and the match went right to the wire with DD scoring the winning run on the last ball. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eleventh season, Pandey is yet to get his willow speaking but the swashbuckling fielder has dazzled with his fielding efforts.
Needing 11 off the final over by Mustafizur Rahman, Roy crashed the first delivery - wide outside off- to the cover boundary, and swung the next, down leg delivery, over backward square-leg boundary for a six. Delhi batsmen did what Mumbai batsmen failed to do.
"We were 10-15 runs short but still 180-plus is a good score on any ground", Suryakumar said.
Catches win matches! It is often that the bowler gets al the applause for scalping wickets but the credit should also go to the fielders for pulling off brilliant catches in the field.
The two outfits are among the three existing franchises to have never won the IPL and will be aiming to get their name on the trophy this year. So we wanted to force him to do a mistake and I did that in the Big Bash as well. Hold your position and whack the ball over the infield.' And that is exactly what Roy did before hugging Iyer and hopping in celebration only to realise midway that they still had to take the single to finish the formalities.
Delhi, on the other hand, their captain Gautam Gambhir is the one who has done something with bat and rest others have not put up enough runs to show.
In three matches with Gujarat Lions last season, Roy scored 59 runs; on Saturday, he needed only 33 balls to better that tally. "We did not start that well with the ball, but we brought it back extremely well, and then with the bat", Roy told Pant in an interaction for IPLT20.com.
However, despite that tough effort of both brothers, team Mumbai Indians had to lost their third match back to back. It proved decisive as Pant hit six fours and two sixes in his 25-ball 47, which allowed Roy to be steady at his end.
Hardik Pandya takes a diving catch to dismiss Glenn Maxwell. Replacing New Zealander Colin Munro in the XI, the England batsman ended 91not out off 53 balls, with six fours and six sixes as Daredevils chased 195 for the loss of only three wickets.
Alongside Shreyas Iyer, Roy made a push for home.