The Mumbai Indians faced off against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede stadium today. The home team won the toss and elected to field first. The Sunrisers started off strong but when the scoreline read 105-1, that was when the wickets began to fall a regular intervals. The final tally set by the Sunrisers was 158-8. Ultimately, the Mumbai Indians triumphed in their home ground but it went down to the wire. Here are the Hits and the Duds in the match:
Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan set up a beautiful partnership with captain David Warner to notch up 81 runs until the captain departed. The opener fired five 4s and one 6 to rack up 48 runs on the board. Dhawan would fall short of a half century by 2 runs, courtesy a delivery from Mitchell McClenaghan which hit the stumps.
David Warner: The captain rose to the occasion and partnered Dhawan as best as he could. He too fell short of a half century, albeit by 1 run. A delivery by Harbhajan Singh went straight up and into the waiting mitts of Parthiv Patel. The skipper’s knock consisted of seven 4s and two 6s and 49 runs. Warner’s was the first wicket to fall when they were cruising at 81 runs.
Nitish Rana: The batsman played a steady game to notch up 45 runs until he became Mumbai’s last casualty in the 18th over. After losing early wickets like Jos Buttler and Rohit Sharma, Rana struck a solid partnership with Parthiv Patel until the latter departed. Later on, when West Indian powerhouse Kieron Pollard failed to fire, he struck another partnership with Krunal Pandya and helped guide Mumbai home to the win until his own wicket fell.
Jasprit Bumrah: The young Mumbai player played a beautiful spell to bag 3 wickets for just 24 runs. His victims included Ben Cutting, Naman Ojha and Rashid Khan. Of these, Cutting seemed like the most dangerous because he had already notched up 20 runs with four 4s to his name.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: SRH’s ace bowler did not disappoint the team and managed to snag 3 of Mumbai’s most dangerous players, namely Kieron Pollard, Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya. Bhuvi was also the most economical player apart from Rashid Khan, conceding only 21 runs from his 4 overs while the latter conceded 19 runs with 1 wicket.
Yuvraj Singh: The southpaw came in to bat after Deepak Hooda’s shot found the safe hands of Kieron Pollard. With him at the crease, the Sunrisers were expected to form a decent partnership. Sadly, Yuvraj was dismissed cheaply for a meagre 5 runs. Yuvi did manage to find the boundary during his brief stint but was soon bowled out by Hardik Pandya.
Rohit Sharma: The ‘Hitman’ as he is fondly called, was unable to get in the groove today and lasted only 4 deliveries and notching up just 4 runs for his trouble. His wicket fell when there were 41 runs on the board and Jos Buttler had just been dismissed for 14 runs. Sharma was trapped by spin doctor Rashid Khan for an LBW.
Kieron Pollard: The big-hitting West Indian did not seem like his usual self today. He struggled to get going and when he finally did, he had scored 11 runs from 11 deliveries which included a massive six. Just when everyone at the Wankhede stadium thought that he was settling into the role, a mistimed shot sailed into the waiting hands of Shikhar Dhawan.
Mitchell McClenaghan: The Kiwi seamer was the most expensive player of the match as he gave away 42 runs in his four over spell. Although he redeemed himself with a wicket, he still had an economy rate of 10.50. Fortunately for him, the wicket that he took was that of Shikhar Dhawan. Another statistic that favours the Mumbai Indians bowler is one of teammate Krunal Pandya who had an economy rate of 12.00, although Pandya had bowled just one over.
Mustafizur Rahman: The SRH bowler also had very expensive overs and had 34 runs scored against him and no wickets. He ended the match with an economy of 12.75. The only other SRH bowler with a poor economy was Ashish Nehra who had a score of 11.50 and the wicket of Jos Buttler. what made matters even worse for Rahman was that he was only in his 3rd over when the match ended in Mumbai’s favour