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IPL- MI vs SRH: The defending champions pull it back in style

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This IPL the Chepauk has been known for these heists by teams bowling second. And the Mumbai Indians(MI) have generally been known for squeezing teams in the second half with the ball over the years. MI beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) by 13 runs and SRH are still waiting to open up at the points table.

MI won the toss and elected to bat, the first team to do so this IPL. The SRH chased for the 3rd time in a row this year but unfortunately couldn’t turn the game around. MI made one change in their side Adam Milne made his debut for MI and replaced Marco Jansen, while on the other hand, SRH made four changes to their side.

The SRH were amongst the top preferences for the playoffs, but they have lost 3 matches in a row, some of them were quite close but didn’t into their favour. Sunrisers have plenty of things to deal with, especially their middle-order issues that cease to end. Kane Williamson’s unavailability isn’t helping. They have to find a way sooner than later.

Mumbai Indians Innings:

The set duo for the five-time champions, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma opened the innings for MI. They both started off pretty well in the powerplay by making 53 runs but the very next over skipper Sharma got out to the local boy Vijay Shankar on a cross-seam delivery.

De Kock played an anchored innings till the 14th over of the innings, but on the other hand, wickets kept on falling. MI went very slow in their middle overs and were unable to score much.

The hard-hitter himself, Kieron Pollard came on to bat and took his team to a decent total. Pollard played a shot above the mid-wicket which proved to be the longest six of IPL-14 to Afghani spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rehman in the 17th over. At the end of 20 overs, MI scored 150-5.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Innings:

A new opening pair for SRH opened the innings, skipper David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. Chasing down a total of 151 in 20 overs, they both started off pretty well they scored 57 runs in the powerplay and both the batsmen were going hard on the bowlers.

A new opening pair for SRH

Soon after the powerplay, Bairstow got out to Krunal Pandya. SRH then started losing the momentum of the game and lost some quick wickets. Skipper Warner was timing the ball very well but unfortunately got run-out in the 12th over.

SRH played the best they could to take the game in their side, local boy Vijay Shankar was hitting hard in the death overs to take his team across the line but MI bowlers brought them back into the game, by taking 5 wickets in the last two overs.

MI bowlers win the game

MI vs SRH Notable Performances:

West Indian all-rounder, Kieron Pollard became the player of the match last night. He played a sensational match-winning knock for his team. He scored 35 runs off just 22 deliveries and remained not-out till the end.

After winning two matches in a row and contributing to the team’s victory, here is what Kieron Pollard had to say at the post-match presentation-

“The situation of the game (dictates the batting order). We always have to be padded up. It’s nice to see other guys also delivering, so not much pressure. Those runs at the end really helped us. It was good to see the team finding a way to scrap a win. Hopefully this can take us through. Of course, when it’s coming out well (in bowling), you want to but I’m happy doing what the team wants.”

And there can be no one much happier than the skipper himself, after winning two games in a row the Mumbai Indians are pulling it back in style. Here is what Rohit Sharma had to say at the post-match presentation-

“It was a great effort from the bowling unit. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. On that pitch, when you’re bowling well, it’s not easy. I thought it was a good score on that pitch. Polly has done it for so many years for us at the back end. We have the confidence in him. It’s all about him getting some time in the middle. Our fielding was really good tonight, that’s something we take pride in. Those run outs and also the catches.”

MI will next play DC on 20th April and SRH will play PBKS on the 21st at Chennai.

V Nichita
Media student, Aspirant Sports Journalist

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