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It is evdent from the fact that they managed to take both the matches into the final over. Roy scored 91 not out off 53 balls, hitting six sixes. But the latter order batsmen failed to sustain the tempo and the total fell well below what the openers had promised.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewi, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, JP Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mayank Markande. The move proved a masterstroke early as the opening partnership yielded 102-runs from nine overs and had the Daredevils scrambling for solutions. "Obviously (we're) feeling phenomenal at the moment". In some matches, the luck didn't go our way but obviously all of us are hitting the ball really well. Jason Roy finished off the job DD bowlers had started with the highest score of IPL 2018 thus far.

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Talking about Markande, he said that the bowler is impressive in the field.

SRH registered its third straight win in the season to consolidate their position at the top of the points table while KKR suffered its second successive defeat and are now placed fourth. The match brought the spectators right on the edge of their seats. But we were optimistic in our thinking and believed in ourselves and made a decision to take it to the last over. "We know it has been done in the past as well, a few games don't take away anything". Suryakumar Yadav (53) grabbed his opportunity to open the innings with both hands as he reached a well compiled half century.

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Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Sunil Narine proved to be the best batsman for the team but not enough to secure it a win with bowling figures of 2/17. "We were 10-15 runs short but still 180+ is a good score on any ground", said Yadav, who became the leading run-getter at this stage of the tournament. It was defendable when we started in fielding.

Kumar (3/26) - returning to the team after recovering from a sore back - was ably supported by pacer Billy Stanlake (2/21) and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (2/21) also taking two wickets. "They batted really well and did not give us a chance in first 10-12 overs", Suryakumar told reporters.

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With this match SRH continues to be on top of the standings with 3 victories in 3 matches and KKR stands at number 4 with just 1 victory out of 3 matches they played. However, while we were coming back on the flight yesterday, they (captain and team management) said they would like it if I opened the innings as I have played a lot of cricket here (at Wankhede) and that I was the most experienced player.