Trent Boult of Mumbai Indians bowls against Sunrisers Hyderabad during their IPL match on Saturday.
Ordinary performance by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) middle-order batsmen consigned them to their third successive loss in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) as Mumbai Indians (MI) put up a spirited effort in the field to defend 150/5, winning the match by 13 runs.
This was the third successive time SRH lost a match after looking like they would race to the target after having got a good start.
SRH had earlier messed up the chase against Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening encounter and then lost their next match to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
On Saturday, after a 67-run opening wicket partnership between Jonny Bairstow (43 off 22 balls) and David Warner (36 off 24 balls), they lost track.
While both Bairstow and Warner were unlucky with the former getting out hit wicket and the latter being run out by a direct hit from Hardik Pandya, the batsmen who came in after them threw their wickets away to leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (3/19 in four overs).
SRH’s No. 3 batsman Manish Pandey fell for two as he was caught trying to attempt a big shot against Chahar.
Soon after that, Virat Singh and Abhishek Sharma, who were drafted in to the playing XI for the first time this season, holed out to fielders in the deep while trying to attempt big shots when there was no need to play risky shots.
Soon SRH were five down for 104 in 14.5 overs. While all-rounder Vijay Shankar (28 off 25 balls), who had earlier impressed with the ball, tried to keep them in the game with Abdul Samad, another brilliant run-out from Hardik sent back.
Shankar tried hard but MI’s Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult were just too good to get away in the final overs. Shankar fell to Bumrah.
Earlier, SRH had restricted MI’s strong batting line-up to 150 for five in 20 overs.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, MI began well with both Rohit Sharma (32 off 25 balls) and Quinton de Kock (40 off 39 balls) adding 55 for the first wicket in 6.3 overs.
However, Shankar chipped in with two wickets to stall the MI batting which could never recover from there. Shankar picked the wickets of Sharma and No. 3 Suryakumar Yadav (10 off 6 balls).
Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman then took two wickets, removing de Kock and the dangerous Ishan Kishan, who was caught brilliantly by Jonny Bairstow, to leave MI struggling at 114/4 in the 17th over.
The middle overs had proved to be difficult for MI as they struggled against the SRH bowling.
A few lusty blows from Kieron Pollard (35 off 22 balls), including taking 17 off the last over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped MI to get to a competitive 150 which proved to be enough.
Meanwhile, after Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) four changes in the line-up for the match against Mumbai Indians (MI) had left Warner bemused and surprised at the toss, the left-handed batsman hit out at his side’s poor batting after they lost their third successive match in this year’s IPL.
Warner and Bairstow had provided their side a platform with a quick 67-run opening-wicket partnership. But the batsmen that followed disappointed.
Manish Pandey, newcomers Virat Singh and Abhishek Sharma threw their wickets away.
“I don’t know how to take that. Obviously disappointing. Two of us were set but it proves that if you don’t bat deep, you can’t win. If you get a partnership and if there is one person at the end, you can chase it down,” said a disappointed Warner after the match.
“These scores are very chaseable, it’s just poor batting. The guys need to play smart cricket in the middle. The bowlers have been fantastic,” he added.
Warner said that both Bairstow and he will have to take the responsibility of batting deep from next match onwards.
“You have to learn from mistakes and right now it is just the batsmen. It’s our responsibility at the top to bat deep.” Warner had, earlier after the toss, failed to recall the names of the players who were brought in as changes showing that he wasn’t sure of their capabilities.
“We have made four changes. I cannot remember the names. Have to look at the team-sheet,” he had said.
Mumbai Indians 150/5 in 20 overs (Q de Kock 40, R Sharma 32, V Shankar 2/19, M Rahman 2/29) vs SunRisers Hyderabad 137 all out in 19.4 overs (J Bairstow 43, D Warner 36, V Shankar 28, R Chahar 3/19, T Boult 3/28)