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Chennai, April 17: After the aggressive innings of Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard, the bowling performance of the bowlers saw Mumbai Indians register their second consecutive win in the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 13 runs on Saturday. Rohit Sharma’s 32-ball 25 and Man of the Match Pollard’s 22-ball 35 not out helped Mumbai Indians to 137 for 19.4 overs after Mumbai Indians scored 150 for five in 20 overs. gave. This is Sunrisers third consecutive defeat. After losing two consecutive matches, Sunrisers Hyderabad made four changes in this match and reposed confidence on young players like Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Khalil Ahmed and Mujib ur Rehman. Johnny Bairstow and captain David Warner shared a 67-run partnership in 7.2 overs to give the Sunrisers a good start, but after Bairstaw’s hit wicket off Krunal Pandya, Mumbai made a comeback to hold the match. Bairstow hit four sixes and three fours during his 22-ball 43-run innings. Warner scored 36 runs in 34 balls.
For Mumbai, Rahul Chahar and Trent Boult took three wickets each, while Jasprit Bumrah made a breakthrough by spending 14 runs in four overs. Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Quinton Dickock (40) also gave Mumbai a quick start, but after the break of this 55-run partnership in the seventh over, Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers tightened their grip. Pollard, however, took two sixes off Bhuvneshwar Kumar off the last two balls to reach the team’s challenging score. Chasing the target, the pair of their most successful openers for Sunrisers, Johnny Beastow and David Warner, started the innings. Bairstow looked aggressive from the start. He hit four consecutive boundaries in the third over off the ball of Trent Boult, which included one six and three fours. After this, he hit a four and then two sixes in the over of Adam Milne. Bairstow did not spare Krunal Pandya, who bowled economically in the last match and hit a six and a four in the fifth over.
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Warner also opened his hand after hitting a six off Milne’s ball, but in the eighth over, Bairstow Krunal was hit by wickets. After his dismissal, the Mumbai team returned to the match and Rahul Chahar got Manish Pandey (02) caught by Pollard to give Mumbai another success. Warner then tried to maintain the run pace by hitting a six off the first ball of the 11th over, but in the next over, he was run out on the throw of Hardik Pandya in an attempt to steal a run. After this, Rahul dismissed Virat Singh (11) and Abhishek Sharma (02) in the same over and tightened Mumbai’s grip on the match. He scored just two runs from this 15th over, for which the Sunrisers needed 47 runs to win in the last five overs. Vijay Shankar reduced the margin of run and ball by hitting two sixes in 16 overs against Krunal but Bumrah again put pressure on the Sunrisers by spending just four runs in the 17th over.
After this, Hardik took the second run out as Abdul Samad (07), while the same Bumrah was caught by Vijay Shankar returning Suryakumar to the pavilion. Vijay Shankar scored 28 runs off 25 balls. In the last over, Kasar Bolt bowled Bhuvneshwar (01) and Khalil Ahmed (01) completed it. Earlier, after the decision to bat after winning the toss, Rohit and Quinton Dickock gave Mumbai a quick start. Dickock expressed his intentions by hitting a boundary on the first ball of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Rohit hit fours and sixes in consecutive balls of Mujib ur Rehman in the third over. He also hit a big six off Bhuvneshwar in the next over. Mumbai got off to a great start by scoring 53 runs without any loss in the powerplay. Shankar, who came for bowling in the seventh over, gave the first success to the Sunrisers by taking Rohit’s wicket. Rohit hit two fours and an equal number of sixes in a 25-ball 32-run innings. In the next over of Shankar, Suryakumar Yadav hit a six but on the very next ball he caught the bowler.
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After this, the Sunrisers bowlers did not allow Dickock and Ishan Kishan to play openly. While trying to speed up the run, Dickock, however, was caught out on the ball in 14 overs by Mujib Rahman. He scored 40 runs in 39 balls with the help of five fours. Mumbai’s team was able to hit only one four in the ninth to 16th over but Pollard hit a 105-meter long skyscraper six off Mujib’s first ball in the 17th over. It was the longest six of the current season. It was the first boundary for Mumbai after 26 balls. In the same over, however, Ishan Kishan was caught by wicketkeeper Johnny Bairstow. He could score only 12 runs in 21-ball innings. Vijay Shankar dripped Pollard’s easy catch off Khalil in 19 overs but Hardik (07) caught Virat off the next ball and returned to the pavilion. Pollard hit the last two balls to bring the team score to 150 runs. For Sunrisers, Shankar and Mujib took two wickets each while Khalil took one wicket.
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