"The comeback was wonderful by the bowlers and hopefully we keep continuing doing the same things", said local lad Shreyas Iyer who scored a modest 20-ball 27 on the night but more importantly held fort at one end as Jason Roy (91*) steered the visitors to victory.
After back-to-back defeats, Karthik-led KKR will be desperate for a revival, while Delhi will hope to continue their momentum after snapping a two-match losing streak in style against Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis plundered 84 off the Powerplay, but a slump in which five wickets fell for 21 allowed them to get only 194, a below-par total on a belting batting pitch. We knew that if we take it to the last over, we were going to win the game.
Needing 11 in the last over, Roy smas-hed a boundary and a six off the first two deliveries of Musta-fizur Rahman. I told them I don't mind batting anywhere as I am flexible, so they said number 3 is the position where I'll be batting.
He bowled with great discipline and variety, tying the KKR batsmen down and taking the early wicket of Robin Uthappa. "With the recent T20 Mumbai Premier League success, I said let's take that challenge and responsibility and go ahead".
Mumbai have had an even worse start than Delhi, having lost all 3 of their matches to Chennai, Sunrisers and now, Delhi. "They batted really well and did not give us a chance in first 10-12 overs", Suryakumar told reporters. It was defendable when we started fielding.
Another worry for Mumbai, who have not batted well in the first two matches, is the injury to India all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
For KKR, Sunil Narine picked up 2 wickets while Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson and Piyush Chawla all getting one wicket each. 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.
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. Thank god we are on the winning side.
Roy, who made his franchise debut, was happy to have contributed to Delhi opening their account. "The comeback was superb by the bowlers", said Iyer.
The Mumbai players will be keen to put an inspired display for their 21,000 young fans (kids from municipal schools), who will be cheering for them as part of Reliance Foundation's Education and Sports for All initiative.