Sports Desk : England opening batsman Jason Roy made a stunning debut for Delhi Daredevils in their last-ball, seven-wicket victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3-26 and captain Kane Williamson hit 50 to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad past Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets at Eden Gardens for the first time.
Hyderabad sits on top of the table with three wins from three games, while Mumbai has suffered a third successive loss in the last over.
Replacing Colin Munro at the top of the order, Roy smashed an unbeaten 91 off 53 balls with six sixes and six four as he anchored Delhi to 195-3 off 20 overs in reply to Mumbai’s 194-7.
Delhi made Mumbai bat first, and openers Suryakumar Yadav (53 off 32) and Evin Lewis (48 off 28) made a great start.
Yadav justified his elevation to opener over captain Rohit Sharma by the century stand with Lewis.
Delhi came back strongly when legspinner Rahul Tewatia (2-36) dismissed both openers in successive overs.
The 19-year-old Ishan Kishan scored a rapid 44 off 23 balls, but his dismissal in the 16th over hurt Mumbai. It lost five wickets for 21 runs — collapsing from 166-2 to 187-7 — with Daniel Christian clean bowling Kishan and Kieron Pollard off successive deliveries.
Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult also chipped away with the wickets of Rohit (18) and Hardik Pandya (2) to curtail Mumbai’s total below 200.
Roy featured in three half-century stands to lead the run-chase as he achieved the win by hitting seamer Mustafizur Rehman for a four, six, three dot balls and then a single off the last delivery.
After putting on a 50-run stand with Gambhir, Roy took the back seat as Rishabh Pant smashed 47 off 25 balls.
Pollard and Hardik took spectacular catches in the deep to dismiss Pant and Glenn Maxwell (13), respectively.
But Mustafizur dropped Shreyas Iyer (27 not out) twice in the 17th over at short third man before conceding 11 runs in the last over as Roy put on an unbroken 60-run stand with Iyer.
“We thought they were 20-30 runs short,” Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir said. “(Roy is) a class player … we’re a dangerous side if we keep going like that.”
Kolkata was 52-1 in seven overs when rain stopped play for an hour. The delay helped Hyderabad, who picked up wickets regularly and restricted the Knight Riders to 138-8.
“I was thinking 160-170 would be a good target, but didn’t happen,” Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said.
“Sunrisers have some good bowlers, and on a given day you have to gauge who isn’t bowling well and then go after him. We’ll have to turn around quickly.”
Bangladesh’s premier left-arm spinner, Shakib Al Hasan, got the key wickets of top-scorer Chris Lynn (49) and Sunil Narine in successive overs while big-hitter Andre Russell fell for only 9 to Billy Stanlake (2-21).
Although Narine returned and removed Hyderabad openers inside the first six overs of the batting powerplay, Williamson’s half century off 44 balls took his team to 139-5 with an over to spare.
“Nice to win three in a row,” Williamson said. “Nice to go over the line in this city.”