In A Low-Scoring Affair, Mumbai Indians Let down Their Supporters Yet Again

Having lost the toss, Sunrisers were put into bat by the MI. Sunrisers had a rare bad day in the middle. None of their batsmen could stand up to the task and take their team to a respectable total.

Opening the innings for Hyderabad, Dhawan failed yet again. Williamson on the other end held the crease for some time before perishing to Hardik Pandya, scoring just 29 off 21 balls. From thereon, Hyderabad’s Sun kept setting. It was just Williamson and Pathan who managed to cross the 20-run mark.

For Mumbai, Hardik, McLenaghan and Markande did a great job. In the 9-overs that they shared among them, they conceded 57 runs and picked up 6 important wickets. It was the first time in the tournament that MI bowled that well. Their hopes of winning the game were now quite high.

Coming into bat, even MI batsmen faced issues settling in. Lewis got out in the 3rd over after scoring 5 off 9 balls. Next to depart was Ishan Kishan who didn’t trouble the scorers at all. Captain Rohit Sharma had yet another failure in the middle. He returned after scoring 2 runs off 6 balls. Suryakumar and Krunal provided some stability to the innings. In a partnership of 40 runs, Krunal scored 24 off 20 with the help of 4-fours. He fell prey to the best T20 bowler, Rashid Khan. Pollard departed next, and Suryakumar followed after scoring a composed 34 off 38 balls.

It was now all in the hands of Hardik Pandya to take Mumbai home. But, he couldn’t do much. He played one of the worst T20 innings one could witness. He faced 19 deliveries and just managed to score 3 runs. Hardik Pandya disappointed his fans. It was then just a matter of time before Sunrisers packed MI up.

Playing without their streamline bowlers, Stanlake and Bhuvi, Hyderabad still managed to put up one of the best bowling shows of the tournament. Defending a target of 119, Sunrisers didn’t give away any freebies. They tightened up the opposition. Sandeep, Rashid, Thampi and others won one of the toughest game for their team. Sandeep just conceded 9 runs in his 3-overs picking up 1 wicket, whereas Rashid conceded 11 off his 4-overs and demolished 2 MI batsmen. Thampi banged the final nail in the coffin. He took the wicket of Mustafizur in the 19th over and ended up with 2 wickets, giving away just 4 runs in his 2 overs.

In a low scoring game, Sunrisers, even after setting up a target of 119, won the game quite comfortably in the end by a margin of 31 runs.



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