One of the close-fought encounters that saw Sunrisers squeeze home in the last ball thriller. Mumbai was the at the receiving end once again.
Termed as the ‘slow starters’ of the IPL tournament, Mumbai Indians lost two in two now. The first match was against the comeback kings. Mumbai was at the winning position, but Bravo’s wonder innings ended Mumbai’s dream. This time, they let themselves down with the batting but fought back to push the chase till the last ball of the innings.
After asked to bat first, Mumbai Indians have themselves to be blamed. More than the better bowling, poor shots and too many big shots attempts to let them down.
Rohit Sharma didn’t capitalize on the drop catch chance. He was caught on the leg side by Shakib. Ishan Kishan, the star with the bat against CSK, struggled right from the ball one. He didn’t middle any of the deliveries he faced. Finally, he got out cheaply. Lewis tried to make use of the power play overs but failed. Suryakumar Yadav held on to his wicket, added partnerships with Krunal and Pollard. In the end, Mumbai managed only 147 in their 20 overs.
Saha and Dhawan started well. When one thought it was an easy win for the hosts, Markande’s four wickets brought Mumbai back into the game. From then on, Hyderabad found it difficult to score boundaries. They picked up singles to keep the run-rate under their belt.
Hooda and Pathan played sensibly till the 18th over. Bumrah explored Pathan’s weakness to the short ball, was caught by Pollard. Bumrah grabbed another wicket in the same over as well. Rahman bowled the 19th over. He picked up two wickets as well. The pressure was back on Sunrisers in the last over as they had only one wicket in hand and needed 11 runs from six deliveries. Hooda held his nerves to score six off the first ball, next two balls went for two singles, and in the final delivery, Hyderabad needed one run to win. Stanlake knew that the fielders were inside the circle to save single. He smashed a four, to take Hyderabad home.