In the MI vs SRH game, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to Mumbai by 13 runs and registered its 3rd consecutive loss in this edition of IPL. The Mumbai players were surgical as they played a tight game and didn’t let the opposition chase 151 runs.
MI wins toss, Sharma and de Kock starts firing
MI skipper Rohit Sharma decided to bat first on a pitch that he termed sluggish during the toss. The skipper opened the MI batting with South African Quinton de Kock. Both de Kock and Sharma looked to be in the fine form.
MI Skipper Rohit Sharma becomes leading Indian six-hitters in IPL
Skipper Sharma who had forgettable innings in the past couple of outings decided to go after the SRH bowlers. Meanwhile de Kock also started slamming boundaries one after the other in the opening over itself. In the next over, it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar who took a beating as skipper Sharma slammed him for a huge six. With that six, Sharma became the leading Indian six-hitters in IPL with 217 maximums.
MI Races to 50/0, SRH strikes back
By the end of the powerplay, MI had raced to 50 without a single wicket loss. However, the strategic timeout worked out in SRH’s favour as Sharma tried hitting Vijay Shankar at midwicket but deposited the ball in the hands of Virat Singh. Sharma however played a fine inning of 32, making up for the underwhelming performances he had given in the past few IPL games.
De Kock tries to get a move on, fields fielder
Suryakumar Yadav came to the middle and hit a huge six off Vijay Shankar, making it seem that MI was going to continue on its momentum. However, Shankar got his revenge as he made Yadav give him a simple catch in return. On the other end, de Kock started to appear jittery and at one point, he wildly threw his bat on Rahman’s ball and found a substitute fielder.
Pollard changes gear, Ishan Kishan scores 12 off 21
Meanwhile aggressive West Indian Kieron Pollard tried to get a move on and tried to hit boundaries that had just dried up. He slammed one huge six off Rahman and tried to shake off the rust. However, Kishan on the other end was riddled and confused. The young player played an excruciatingly slow inning of 12 off 21 and was soon sent back to the dressing room by Rahman.
MI inning ends at 150/5
Hardik Pandya, who’s usually seen striking the ball hard, also came and went as a wind scoring just 7 runs. Meanwhile, Pollard kept the runs for the hunt on hit SRH star pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for a couple of sixes in the last over, taking MI’s final total to 150/5.
Bairstow-Warner starts slow, then goes berserk
Chasing a surmountable target of 150 runs, the otherwise quickfire duo of Bairstow and Warner got off to a sedate start. The duo could only add 5 runs in the first 12 deliveries. But Bairstow soon roared and smashed Trent Boult 3 boundaries and a maximum in a 18-run over.
His magic rubbed off on Warner too as Warner decided to go after Milne and hit him for a glorious boundary. Bairstow also joined the party and slammed Milne for another boundary.
Bairstow dismissed hit-wicket, Boundaries dries up
But in a self-destructive manner, Bairstow himself ended his smashing knock as he was sent back as hit-wicket on a Krunal Pandya delivery. After Bairstow’s dismissal the boundaries dried up quickly. Rahul Chahar sealed the deal for MI as he got Manish Pandey dismissed at long off.
Warner dismissed thanks to Pandya’s fielding
Meanwhile Warner who was still holding on steady finally ended the dry-spell of boundaries that lasted for 3 overs and hit Chahar off for a six. However, he too was sent back to the dressing room run-out thanks to Pandya’s exceptional fielding.
MI demolishes SRH’s middle and lower order
MI were surgical by the end, demolishing the middle and lower order of SRH to inch closer to victory. Rahul Chahar dismissed both Virat Singh and Abhishek Sharma in one over. Meanwhile Vijay Shankar tried to give SRH fans some hope as he hit Krunal Pandya for multiple sixes in the 16th over.
By the end though MI were more proactive in its efforts as Hardik Pandya threw the ball back to the crease as Abdul Samad was just short of reaching the crease. Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were dismissed by Trent Boult in back-to-back 2 deliveries.
SRH’s chase ends at 137, 13 runs short of target
In the 19th over, Vijay Shankar who was keeping SRH alive in chase also perished as Hardik Pandya dismissed him. The final over saw Boult scalping the wickets of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed to end SRH’s inning at 137, just 13 runs short of the target.