Mumbai Indians stuck together with their game-plan in bowling to clinch a low-scoring game against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League. Mumbai defended their 150-run total in match number nine. Batting first, MI piled up 150/5 at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. The Orange Army, who were going strong at one stage, faltered just like how KKR submitted themselves to MI’s brilliance at the death.
Rahul Chahar claimed three wickets for MI and started the rout. Familiar heroes Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult cleaned up SRH in the last overs to complete a famous win. MI claimed their second successive win to collect four points from three games.
IPL 2020 champions Mumbai started well as openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma looked to be aggressive. They added 53 runs in the powerplay overs. After Rohit’s dismissal, Quinton carried on but SRH hit back with wickets at regular intervals. Just when SRH had things under control, Kieron Pollard helped MI finish on 150/5. He struck an unbeaten 35, hitting three sixes.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow scored runs atop for SRH but the rest of the line-up choked against a sorted MI attack. We bring you the key records that were registered.
2,000 IPL runs for De Kock
MI opener Quinton de Kock slammed a patient 39-ball 40. He hit five fours. The southpaw has crossed the 2,000-run mark in the IPL (2,001). The South African stalwart has become the 39th batsman in the competition’s history to achieve this mark. The former Delhi and Bangalore batsman has 1,074 runs for MI.
Rohit goes past MSD’s tally
MI skipper Rohit Sharma hit a 25-ball 32. The senior opening batsman looked in good touch as he smashed two fours and two sixes. The Indian vice-captain now has 217 sixes in the IPL. This is now the third-best tally in the competition. With this effort, Rohit has gone past MS Dhoni’s tally of 216 sixes.
Milestone for Kieron Pollard
West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard hit a 21-ball 35*. His efforts helped MI get the extra runs in the final over. The big-hitting T20 star hit one four and three sixes. Pollard has surpassed 200 sixes in the IPL (201). Interestingly, he is now the sixth batsman to achieve this mark in the IPL.
The veteran cricketer has gone on to equal the sixes tally of Virat Kohli (201). Pollard has also registered 199 fours.
MI bowlers impress
Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, who was inspirational against KKR after taking four wickets for 27 runs, was the chief architect in MI’s win over SRH. The right-arm spinner claimed 3/19 to make things work in MI’s favour. Chahar now has 36 IPL wickets at an average of 24.66. Notably, he is the joint-highest wicket-taker this season (7).
Jasprit Bumrah (1/14) continued his brilliance. He is now averaging 5.66 in the tournament this season. Bumrah has 112 wickets in the IPL. Left-arm pacer Trent Boult (3/28) has 68 wickets under his belt. The Kiwi bowler has six wickets this season at 15.16. He has also bowled the most dot balls this season (36).