Sunrisers Hyderabad middle order continued to miss out as spinner Rahul Chahar and stimulator Trent Boult shaped the Mumbai Indians to a 13-point victory in their IPL game on Saturday. Defending 150, Chahar (3/19) smothered the middle order before Boult (3/28) polished the tail as SRH was knocked out for 137 in 19.4 overs. Going to bat MI got off to a good start, but Vijay Shankar and Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed two wickets apiece as SRH stemmed the flow of points in the middle of the overs. However, Kieron Pollard managed to lift MI to 150 for 5 using a 22-ball 35 that included two sixes of the last two balls in their innings.
Chasing 151 for a win, Jonny Bairstow smashed a 35 from 22 balls to give SRH an exciting start, while David Warner also had a 36 of 34, but once the duo were back in the hut , the middle order failed to return to the front.
Returning to the top with his opening partner Warner, Bairstow amassed 18 points from Trent Boult in the third with the help of three fours and a six. Adam Milne was then treated with the same disdain, sending him off for two highs and a four as he bled 19 points.
Krunal Pandya then received the ball but the result was the same as he conceded 13 points with Bairstow and Warner crushing a six and a four respectively as SRH amassed 55 in 5 overs.
Bumrah then played a tight game, but Warner sent Milne for a six as SRH hit 57 for no power-play loss. Lady Luck finally smiled at MI when Bairstow hit the wicket as he looked for a hand on Krunal.
Chahar then took out Manish Pandey (2), while Hardik’s direct throw found Warner short as SRH slumped to 91 for 3.
Chahar gave SRH a double blow in his last game, sacking Virat Singh (11) and Abhishek Sharma (2) – both playing their first games of the season. Vijay (28 of 25) snapped two sixes off Krunal to keep SRH in the chase, but continued to lose his partners as Abdul Samad (7) was sent packing by Hardik with another direct throw, then Boult produced a perfect Yorker to get rid of Rashid. (0).
Vijay also perished in the following as SRH fell short again. Earlier, Rohit Sharma (32 of 25) and Quinton de Kock (40 of 39) scored 53 on the power play after going for the stick, but Vijay (2/19) and Afghanistan turn Mujeeb’s duo ( 2/29) and Rashid Khan (0/22) brought the Sunrisers back into the game.
Rohit completed 4000 races in T20 as a skipper and also broke Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record of hitting the most six by an Indian in the tournament. The 33-year-old now has 217 sixes in the IPL, one ahead of Dhoni.
He occupies third place overall after Chris Gayle (351) of the Punjab Kings and AB de Villiers (237) of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
With Rohit and de Kock looking in full swing, it looked like MI would score a big score. However, MI quickly slipped to 71-2 with Vijay Shankar dismissing Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav (10) in his two overs.
As the MI skipper collapsed on Virat Singh on the sixth, Suryakumar was caught and played on the ninth. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb then tightened the screw on MI as the well-tuned de Kock then perished mid-wicket deep.
With MI at 107 for 3 of 16 overs, Pollard clubbed one in the middle of the wicket, but Mujeeb quickly fired Ishan Kishan (12 of 21) with wicket keeper Bairstow taking a fabulous catch.
New man Hardik Pandya and Pollard were unable to produce their trademark as the old one hid towards Virat in the depths. Pollard, who was abandoned by Vijay in the 19th, finished things off with a bang, crushing Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s last two balls for two sixes.
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