On Thursday night, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) clinched a thrilling-last ball home victory against Mumbai Indians (MI) at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Uppal, Hyderabad).
SRH sent MI for the bat first and then the hosts restricted the visitors for 147/8 (20 overs). In reply, SRH provided a good start but their batting collapse created a thrilling way to finish the match as SRH secured the victory in the last ball after losing nine wickets.
Now, we will briefly talk about some important reasons for Mumbai Indians’ defeat.
No real partnerships
There were no real big partnerships during Mumbai Indians innings, as their highest partnership was 38 runs for the fifth wicket between Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard. To put a good total on the board, at least one good partnership needed in an innings. But there was no such good partnership in the Mumbai Indians innings.
At the end of the match, Mumbai Indians were seeming like they felt at least 15-20 runs short which could be achievable with one good partnership.
Total 62 dot balls
Mumbai Indians faced 62 dot balls in their innings, which is huge in any level of T20 cricket as their half of innings spent with no runs. Amon those dot balls, SRH leg-spinner Rashid Khan provided total 18 dot balls out of his 4-over quota (4-0-13-0). Other SRH bowlers also succeeded to provide a good number of dot balls that always put the Mumbai team under pressure.
If Mumbai Indians added 15-20 more runs, the match would be run in the different way.
Powerplay during the SRH innings
SRH openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan utilised the powerplay superbly as the team scored 56/0 at the end of the six-over powerplay. While the match finished in the very close way, the better use of powerplay bowlers could definitely bring the different result in this game.
Comparing to the powerplay with Mumbai Indians innings, they scored 54/3 in the first 6 overs.
Also read: Match 7 (SRH vs MI) – Hits and Flops
Ben Cutting’s poor bowling in the deciding over
Ben Cutting had an off day in this game. While his bowling figure was 4-0-40-0, the right-arm pacer had a very good chance to become a hero. After Jasprit Bumrah’s superb 18th over (conceded 3 runs and took two wickets) and Mustafizur Rahman’s extraordinary 19th over (conceded 1 runs and took two wickets), SRH needed 11 runs in the last over and only one wicket was left in their account. It was a big chance for Mumbai Indians.
Rohit Sharma handed over the ball on Ben Cutting who failed to bowl positively in that over. After conceding six and wide in first two deliveries, SRH came closer to the match. The hosts needed one run in the final delivery to secure the victory and Billy Stanlake finished the game with a four.