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Once again poor batting by their Indian middle-order costs Sunrisers Hyderabad dear as they succumbed to their 3rd successive loss in as many matches as Mumbai Indians thrived on their strong bowling resources to win by 13 runs. Bairstow ‘s fiery knock did create optimism in SRH camp but that was soon offset by tight bowling and razor-sharp fielding of Mumbai Indians .
Batting first Mumbai started fluently through Rohit Sharma (32) . D Kock (40) too started hitting the ball more fluently after a good powerplay . However soon after Rohit dismissal followed by D kock against the run of play helped SRH to get more control as their middle overs were well handled by both the spinners and by Khaleel Ahmed and Vijay Shankar . Surya (10) went cheaply .Kishan and Pandya brothers struggled to score and it was left to Pollard to hit two huge sixes in the last over of a normally unflappable Bhuvneswar Kumar to take Mumbai to 150 and himself getting 35 runs off 22 balls .
For SRH , both the Afghan spinners Mujeeb and Rashid , seamers Vijay Shankar and Khaleel Ahmed bowled superbly keeping tight lines but the normally dependable Bhuvneswar Kumar went for 45 runs in 4 overs.
Jonny Bairstow went off like firecrackers at the start in SRH chase , plundering runs in all parts of the field with fierce pull shots , straight hits over the bowlers head and drives . SRH moved rapidly to 57 in the powerplay. Mumbai finally got Bairstow against the run of play as he hit the stumps with his heels trying to sweep Krunal to end his belligerent innings of 43 off 22 balls.
That Bairstow wicket put pressure on SRH as Warner despite hitting 2 sixes never looked fluent and was brilliantly run out by Hardik for 36 off 34 balls . Pandey (2) went cheaply and the middle order players Virat Singh (11) , Abhishek Sharma(2) and Samad (7) were unsure how to tackle the pressure created by the tight bowling and fielding of Mumbai Indians . The MI bowlers were deadly accurate and were picking up wickets regularly. Vijay Shankar (28 off 25 balls) batted with determination and raised SRH hopes with two consecutive sixes of Krunal Pandya but once Bumrah and Boult were back for the final kill and SRH innings disintegrated and they lost by 13 runs after being bowled out for 137.
In the final analysis, those 17 runs that Pollard plundered in the last over off Bhubaneswar in MI innings proved to be the difference in this match.
For Mumbai , Rahul Chahar once again proved that he can be a great candidate for India in World T20I by pulling off another stellar performance of 3/19. Boult took 3/28 and Bumrah was accurate as ever with 1/14 off 4 overs. Bumrah is not only choking the opposition but creating wicket-taking opportunities for his teammates as the opposition batters are trying to attack the other bowlers and losing wickets .
SRH needs to recover from these losses quickly and sort out their troubled middle order. As for Mumbai, they have started winning without even playing their best cricket as their batting is still looking rusty .
Mumbai won by 13 runs
Man of the Match. Keiron Pollard
MI 150/5 (20 Ovs)
de Kock(wk) 40(39)
SRH 137/10 (19.4 Ovs)
Rahul Chahar 3/19