Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians were playing in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Hyderabad won the toss and asked Mumbai to bat first on a slow pitch of Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Mumbai found them in a spot of bother immediately as their top-three went back in the hut inside the first 10 overs. Kieron Pollard tried his best to take Mumbai’s total to 136/7 in 20 overs.
In response, Hyderabad openers were poor with the bat and their openers failed to give them a 50+ opening stand for the first time in this season. Jonny Bairstow got out to Rahul Chahar while David Warner was cleaned up by Alzarri Joseph, who was breathing fire on debut. Joseph ripped SRH’s batting lineup apart and registered the best IPL figures. Hyderabad got all out for just 96 runs and handed Mumbai a 40-run victory. Have a look at the reasons behind SRH’s defeat.
Pollard’s powerful punch in death overs
Mumbai Indians was reeling at 97/7 in 18 overs and were on the verge to get concluded for a modest cricket. But Kieron Pollard was in some other mood as he unleashed his beast mode in death overs to score 39 runs in the final two overs. Pollard scored unbeaten 46 runs in just 26 balls, where he hit two fours and four towering sixes. This was his efforts which took Mumbai’s total to 136/7.
A rare failure of openers
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s success in this IPL season was the result of their talismanic openers. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow were giving them regular good starts but they failed to do that in the game against Mumbai. Bairstow was dismissed by Rahul Chahar for 16 runs while Alzarri Joseph dismissed Warner for 15 runs, which left SRH struggling at 33/2 inside the powerplay. Before this game, they scored at least 50 runs for the opening wicket.
Alzarri Joseph’s inspirational debut
West Indies’ young pace was the star for Mumbai during this win. Making his debut, Joseph bowled in-form David Warner on his very first ball. He dismissed five more batsmen to register the best bowling figures in the history of Indian Premier League. His spell of 3.4-1-12-6 crushed Hyderabad’s batting lineup for just 96 runs. Earlier, Sohail Tanvir of Pakistan held the record for best bowling figures in IPL.