In the ninth match of the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians faced Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Impressive death over bowling from Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah helped MI defend their below-par target of 151 and win the game by 13 runs.
After winning the toss Mumbai Indians elected to bat, a quickfire from Rohit Sharma (32) in the powerplay laid the foundation for the big total. After Rohit’s wicket, Quinton De Kock (40) continued the attack in the first innings and kept the scoreboard ticking before he fell prey to Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the 14th over. Mumbai kept losing wickets at regular intervals which brought down the run rate. Ishan Kishan wasn’t able to connect the ball throughout his innings as he scored 12 off 21 deliveries. Big hitters like Kieron Pollard (35) and Hardik Pandya were also struggling to connect the ball well due to the slowness of the pitch. Pollard kept pushing those singles and doubles until the last over when he finally managed to smash two sixes which helped MI reach the 150-run mark on the scoreboard.
In reply, Sunrisers Hyderabad was off to a flyer start with David Warner (36) and Jonny Bairstow (43) scoring runs easily against the MI bowlers. The opening pair gathered 67 runs before Bairstow was hit wicket in the eighth over. Hardik Pandya got rid of Warner with a direct throw at the stumps in the 12th over. After the first dismissal, SRH kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Hyderabad’s middle and lower middle-order collapsed and Vijay Shankar (28) was the only recognised batsman left at the middle in the death overs. Shankar managed to get runs to keep the chase alive but it wasn’t enough and his small fighting knock was ended by Bumrah when the all-rounder sliced the ball at long-on with Suryakumar Yadav completing the catch. Hyderabad needed 16 off the last six deliveries, Boult struck two wickets and sealed the game for Mumbai.
For Mumbai, Boult and Chahar pocketed three wickets each while Bumrah and Krunal Pandya grabbed one wicket each.