Mumbai Indians (MI) registered another win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday, April 7. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to bowl first. Asked to bat first, Mumbai had a rather slow start with their openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. Both added 21 runs in 3.4 overs before Rohit’s dismissal. They failed to build a stable partnership as Hyderabad bowlers’ did an excellent job by taking wickets. Mumbai were 97/7 after 18 overs. However, Pollard changed the situation as he scored 46* off 26 and guided Mumbai to 136/7.

Chasing 137, Hyderabad were looking for another blistering inning from their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. But this time they failed to contribute and departed within the powerplay. Later, Alzarri Joseph’s 6-wicket haul bundled Hyderabad within 96; registering a win by 40 runs.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Pollard’s power hitting in death overs

Asked to bat first, Mumbai Indians was struggling at 97/7 in 18 overs and apart from Kieron Pollard, other batsmen were on the dugout by then. But Pollard had some other plans. he took on Siddarth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the final two overs.

He smashed three sixes off Kaul in the penultimate over and managed 20 runs. In the final over, he hit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two boundaries and a six, managing 19 runs. He scored 39 runs in the final two overs. His heroics powered Mumbai to 136/7.

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An off-day for Hyderabad openers

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s run score or run-chase mostly dependent on the openers- David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. They had previous partnerships of 118, 110, 185 and 64 in the four matches.

Both of them started with that mindset only and put up 27 runs in the first three overs. To stop the run-flow, Rohit Sharma introduced Rahul Chahar in the 4th over where Chahar cleaned up Bairstow for 16 off 10. Bairstow hit an outside off delivery; resulting in a top-edge which landed in the hand of Bumrah at short third man region.

In the next over, Alzarri Joseph dismissed David Warner for 15 runs. For the first time in this season, both the openers got out within the powerplay. SRH reduced to 33/2 within the powerplay. From then, they never bounced back in the game.

Alzarri Joseph’s dream debut in IPL

West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph replaced injured Adam Milne in the Mumbai Indians’ squad and made his IPL debut yesterday, against Hyderabad. It is a dream debut for him no doubt. 

He dismissed Warner on the very first delivery. He picked up Vijay Shankar in his second over for 5. Later, he picked up Deepak Hooda and Rashid Khan in the consecutive deliveries in the 16th over and Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul in his final over and ended his spell with the figures of 3.4-1-12-6. His brilliant spell bowled out Hyderabad within 96 on board.

Once again Hyderabad’s middle-order failed to resurrect the innings after the openers’ early dismissal. They need to settle things early before the next game so that they could win.

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