Mumbai Indians (MI) registered their second consecutive victory in the season after beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 9 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the M. A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.
It was the clash of the titans- SRH and MI. The match proved to be enthralling, as it always has been when these two went up against each other.
This match also marked the start of the second week in the IPL, and it was to be seen whether the second week would be as eventful as the first one, and whether it would mean the discovery of new heroes, new talent and new match winners.
Taking a different route, MI chose to bat first. They came out all guns blazing, Rohit and de Kock smashing the ball everywhere. But then, Vijay Shankar dismissed Rohit and soon, Suryakumar was sent packing, also by Shankar.
Then, Mujeeb, the new addition, took the wicket of de Kock, who wasn’t in the best of touch. He had managed only 40 off 39 balls. After a while, Mumbai lost Kishan, who seemed to be in bad form.
Hardik followed in a quick suit. Krunal and Pollard then stayed till the end, Pollard hitting 2 sixes in the last 2 balls, swinging the momentum in MI’s favour as well as taking the total to 150.
It was a low score, considering their superb start, but then, the pitch behaved differently in the first 10 overs, usually favouring the batting. After that, it just got tougher and tougher to bat. So, considering that, it was a decent total.
For the Sunrisers, Warner and Bairstow both started well. Then, Bairstow and Pandey got out in quick succession. The debutant Virat Singh and warner carried for some time, till Warner got run out. MI, taking a cue, controlled things from thereon.
Virat was dismissed after some time. Shankar and Samad carried on, giving SRH a new ray of hope. This was until Samad was run out. Rashid went for a golden duck, leaving SRH stranded, and once again, so close yet so far.
Shankar, who was till now the hero for the Sunrisers, got out to a ball off Bumrah. Then, Trent Boult, in the last overtook 2 wickets, finishing things off in impeccable style.
Once again, MI snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, and once again SRH got drooped to a position of absolute low from a place of absolute high. Kieron Pollard got the MoM award, for his cameo with the bat, and his economical bowling. Though Boult was also a contender for it.
MI – 150/5; de kock – 40; Shankar 2/19
SRH – 137; Bairstow – 43; Boult 3/28
MoM : Kieron Pollard