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Roy needed just 53 deliveries to score an unbeaten 91, hitting six sixes and six fours, as Delhi won by seven wickets at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium for their first win this term. The hopes from local boy Shreyas Iyer, apart from captain Gambhir, Rishabh Pant, Australian Glenn Maxwell, Englishman Jason Roy and Kiwi Colin Munro are much but the fireworks have been missing. Mumbai's Hardik Pandya had no answer for the rampaging-Brit, the allrounder leaking 32 runs from his two overs and giving Roy the ideal start to capitalise on.

Australia's Dan Christian claimed 2-35 and New Zealand's Trent Boult 2-39 as Delhi restricted Mumbai to 194-7 from 20 overs. "We know it has been done in the past as well, a few games don't take away anything". Although the equation was simple, the final run was not with the Bangladeshi quick bowling three dot balls in a row to leave Roy needing one run from the final ball with pressure mounting. "We can learn many things from this match, especially in the batting department", he said after the match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets - Dinesh Karthik (29 runs off 27 balls), Robin Uthappa (3 runs off 8 balls) and Shubhman Gill (3 runs off 9 balls) to restrict KKR to 138/8 in 20 overs. "With the recent T20 Mumbai Premier League success, I said let's take that challenge and responsibility and go ahead". The disappointment for MI started to come from the following batsmen. Having lost both their matches to King XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, it was crucial to win their 3rd match.

"Nice to win three in a row", Williamson said.

The home side never really got going following the break, paceman Stanlake striking in the first over after play resumed courtesy of a great catch from Manish Pandey at point.

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Pant did not spare Dhananjaya, hitting him for two sixes and a four as Delhi grabbed 19 runs of the 10th over.

Talking of bowlers, local boy Mohammed Shami will be returning to the city for the first time after accusations of abusing and cheating his wife Hasin Jahan surfaced last month.

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. Kolkata Knight Riders play their next match against Delhi Daredevils on Monday.

As DD look to climb up the table, KKR will be keen to arrest their slide and they will have to do a lot of soul-searching - first and foremost would be to get their batting organised. We have some players who can just start heavy.

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