Indian Premier League, 2019
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date & Time: 06 April 2019
RR: 5.43 | Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 40 runs
The table flips again! Saturday's double-header saw Chennai trump Punjab while Mumbai demolished Hyderabad defending a modest total. That sees Dhoni's side top the table for now, with 8 points from 5 matches. Hyderabad are in second while Mumbai slot into the top 4. Sunday's double header sees Bangalore host Delhi at 4 pm local, followed by the Rajasthan-Kolkata clash at 8 pm local. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
ALZARRI JOSEPH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 6/12. Smiles and says that this is a dream start. On his inclusion in the playing XI, Joseph says that he just looked to keep it simple and do the basics. On muted celebrations on the David Warner wicket, Alzarri says that he was more focussed on the team winning at that point of time.
Victorious Mumbai captain, Rohit Sharma, admits that he is very pleased with the result in the last 2 games. Coyly says that 136 was not a great score but the bowlers held their nerves and gave it their all. Is full of praise for the debutant Alzarri Joseph for bringing his confidence from the CPL and the Windies cricket team. Agrees that the Mumbai batsmen played rash strokes on a wicket which was very sticky. However, once they got to 136, he backed his bowlers to come and defend that. Also admits that the Mumbai think-tank did plan to exploit the brittle middle order of Hyderabad and once the openers were dismissed, Rohit was confident that his team could knock off the wickets in the middle overs as well. On Mumbai being slow starters, Sharma says that it is not an ideal thing at all and wants his team to be more consistent. Expects characters to step up, like Pollard and Alzarri did in this game.
Hyderabad skipper, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, says the dropped catches cost them big time. Mentions it could have been an easy chase but the runs from Pollard proved the difference. States taking catches is very important in this game but they failed to do so. Admits the openers failed today and the middle order did not come to the fore as well. Ends by saying the wicket was not a normal flat one but the score should have been chased down.
Earlier in the game, Hyderabad had the game under control having Mumbai at 97/7 after 18 overs. But the last 2 overs went for 39 and the hosts have ended up losing by 40 runs. Had Mumbai been restricted to 120 or below, Hyderabad could have ended up winning. Time for the presentation...
Coming to Hyderabad, this is what happens when your middle order is not that strong. They have been facing this issue for the last 2-3 years now, with the batting resting mainly on Warner, Williamson and Dhawan (till last year). This season, it has been mainly Warner and Bairstow. Can they find a way to get Shakib into the playing XI? Or maybe, do what Melbourne Renegades, an Australian T20 franchise, does with Mohammad Nabi. Use him at number 4 or 5. The middle order simply did not turn up tonight and it was very difficult for a set batsman to score on a sluggish pitch.
The crowd look stunned but let us be fair. They have seen what they don't get to see everyday. A fast bowler, tearing through the opposition (in this case their own home team) on a slow pitch. He got the big wicket early on - of David Warner and then, it was like just cutting a piece of paper with a scissor. However, 4 out of his 6 wickets came in the last 10 balls. Outstanding. From the other end, Behrendorff and Bumrah did their bit while Rahul Chahar impressed with a 2-fer.
Alzarri Shaheim Joseph. Remember the name. Just remember the name. A few weeks ago, this 22-year old kid stunned his country by turning out to play a Test match in the Caribbean, forgoing his mother's funeral. Here, on League debut, he has broken a record which lasted for 11 years. Take a bow.
Sandeep Sharma is the last man in.
Siddarth Kaul walks in at number 10, replacing Nabi.
Skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks in next.
STRATEGIC BREAK. Just when a partnership was brewing, it was cut short. Hyderabad are finding it tougher and tougher to get the boundaries and it will take something really remarkable to get home from here. Bumrah has 2 overs left - consider them not getting scored off much. So that means, the hosts would need to score somewhere around 40 in 2 overs to win this game. That is the effect of that Kieron Pollard onslaught. Meanwhile, here comes Rashid Khan.
Alzzari Joseph is back on!
Jasprit Bumrah is back on. 1-0-6-0 so far.
Mohammad Nabi walks in next.
Rahul Chahar is back on.
Yusuf Pathan walks in next. The game seems to be slipping away from the hosts...
Jason Behrendorff is back on.
STRATEGIC BREAK. Right then. What have we in store? A humdinger? Hyderabad are making a mess out of this.
Hardik Pandya is on now.
Krunal Pandya time.
Deepak Hooda is the new man in.
Manish Pandey comes out to bat.
Alzzari Joseph is on.
Vijay Shankar walks in at number 3, replacing Bairstow.
Rahul Chahar is on now.
Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase! The Mumbai team is seen in a huddle. They are now making their way out to the middle. The two Hyderabad openers, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner follow them. The left-hander will take strike and he will face Jason Behrendorff. He will be looking for some swing, let us see if he gets any. Here we go...