Sunrisers Hyderabad (Photo Credits: File Photo)
Chennai, April 17: After Rohit Sharma’s best start, Mumbai Indians scored a challenging score of 150 for five, batting first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League match on Saturday, following the aggressive innings of Kieron Pollard in the last over. Rohit gave an aggressive start to the team by sharing 55 runs for the first wicket with Quinton Dickock but after his dismissal, the Mumbai batsmen failed to play openly. Pollard hit a six off the last two balls of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s innings to take the team’s score to 150 runs. He scored an unbeaten 35 in 22-ball innings with the help of three sixes and a four.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have lost two consecutive matches, made four changes in this match and reposed confidence on young players like Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Khalil Ahmed and Mujib ur Rehman. In the last matches, Rohit and Quinton Dickock gave Mumbai a quick start after the decision to bat and win the toss due to the problems faced by the teams in the last overs on the Chepauk pitch. Dickock expressed his intentions by hitting a boundary on the first ball of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
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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. Vijay Shankar, who came for bowling in the seventh over, gave the Sunrisers the first success with 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.
After this, the Sunrisers bowlers did not allow Dickock and Ishan Kishan to play openly. Meanwhile, in Shankar’s third over, Rashid Khan dripped a difficult catch of Dickock on deep backward squares. 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.
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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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