In the sort of identity crisis that only a tournament like the IPL can spur, Unmukt Chand came out to bat for his former team at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla decked out in a Mumbai Indians jersey. The folks manning the big screen at the ground had their wordplay polished and ready. Mumbai se aaya mera dost (My friend has come from Mumbai) was the message on the screen, also a doff at a popular Bollywood ditty.
Mitchell McClenaghan had taken a wicket in his first over and had given away just two runs off the bat. He was getting good bounce and carry but at the other end was Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Daredevils' leading run-scorer this season. The early wicket didn't throw the young batsman off and he struck two successive boundaries in McClenaghan's second over - the first of those was a slap through wide mid-on for four. The next ball was short and wide outside off. Iyer stood up and helped it along its way for a flat six over backward point.
Despite a few edges that went to the boundary, the only way Mumbai Indians looked like getting Iyer out was if the batsman triggered the dismissal. That's exactly what happened in the 17th over when Iyer, attempting an AB de Villiers-like lap shot, shuffled across his stumps, only to find his leg stump uprooted by a Lasith Malinga yorker.
The painful slide
JP Duminy did his bit for Delhi Daredevils with an unbeaten 78 that steered the side to a formidable 190 and he followed that up with great commitment on the field. First, a slide near the boundary that saved a certain four off Parthiv Patel's bat but left the Daredevils captain wincing in pain as he jarred his knee. Then, he got under a skier off Lendl Simmons and held on despite the tumble to end a promising opening partnership.