Hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) snatched a thrilling last-ball victory against Mumbai Indians (MI) at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Uppal, Hyderabad) on Thursday night.
The hosts’ side decided to field first after winning the toss. Due to losing their wickets in regular interval, Mumbai Indians only managed to score 147/8 in 20 overs.
In chasing, SRH suddenly lost their momentum after a very good start. The batting collapses seriously thread the match for the hosts. But Deepak Hooda’s responsible batting secured the last-ball victory for SRH.
Now, we will look at the hits and flops players of this match.
Rashid Khan (SRH) – While every SRH bowler was successful in this game, leg-spinner Rashid Khan was exceptional with the ball. His bowling figure was exceptional 4-0-13-1. Rashid provided total 18 dot balls in this game which is very impressive. Mumbai batsmen were hardly getting any chance to score against him.
Rashid Khan was the winner of Player of the Match award.
Mayank Markande (MI) – His sensational bowling brought back Mumbai Indians in the game. The leg-spinner had a bowling figure of 4-0-23-4 as he took a wicket in each over. SRH was on 56/0 (6 overs) when Mayank started to bowl and suddenly the hosts were 107/5 (13 overs) at the end of his spell. He dismissed both SRH opener Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan and then dismissed Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan.
Deepak Hooda (SRH) – The man who saved the match for the hosts. Chasing down the 148 runs, once SRH was struggling on 107/5. Hooda took the major responsibility to secure the match for his team. Despite the lower order collapse at the end, Hooda held his nerve and secured a thrilling last-ball victory for SRH. Hooda was not out at the end with 32 runs off 25 balls.
Mustafizur Rahman (MI) – The left-arm pacer almost brought the match for Mumbai Indians with his special 19th over spell. Where Jasprit Bumrah set the momentum with two consecutive wickets in the previous over, Mustafizur grabbed that condition and utilised that superbly.
Before that 19th over, SRH needed 12 runs off 12 balls with 3 wickets in hands. The left-arm pacer didn’t only concede just one run, he also picked up two important wickets and picturised the possibility of victory.
Mustafizur had the bowling figure of 4-0-24-3. He bowled in four different spells and while he conceded 20 runs (also picked up one wicket) in his first two overs, he came back strongly in the last two overs.
Ben Cutting (MI) – Ben Cutting totally failed in this game. While his bowling figure was 4-0-40-0, he failed to defend 11 runs in the last over.
The last over bowling was his special flop side in this game. It was not just his failure to defend that runs, his bowling was not also looking positive in any way. He conceded a sixer in the first ball which was full-toss and then he conceded a wide-ball. Just one run needed in the last ball but Billy Stanlake succeeded to hit a four for victory.
Rohit Sharma (MI) – Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma was not looking positive with the bat. Despite getting a chance as his catch was drooped in the very first over, Rohit scored only 11 runs off 10 balls. Rohit Sharma needs to take more responsibility with the bat to make successful the Mumbai Indians journey in this season.
His captaincy during the second innings powerplay was also not seeming positive. His bowling changes didn’t work at that period and that became very costly in this game.
Kieron Pollard (MI) – Again the experienced Mumbai Indian batsman failed to take the responsibility of the innings. While it was important for him to stay in the crease and rotate the strike, his unnecessary habit of taking big shots cost the innings hugely. Though he scored 28 runs off 23 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes at the important moment, the big-hitting habit became the reason for his dismissal too.