A historic debut spell from Alzarri Joseph and a quick-fire 26 ball 46* from Kieron Pollard steered Mumbai Indians to their second consecutive win of the season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to field first on a sticky Hyderabad wicket. This decision proved right until the first half of the match on a pitch which assisted the bowlers. Mumbai suffered a mini-collapse and was just 65-5 in the 13th over. Hardik Pandya’s single six and Rahul Chahar’s couple of boundaries didn’t help the visitors as they further slumped to 97 for 7.
Pollard who scored just 9 runs from the 13 balls he faced until then, shifted gears and scored 37 runs in the last couple of overs by making sure he gets the majority of the strike and took Mumbai to a respectable 136.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has suffered an even bigger collapse and bundled out for just 96 courtesy of Joseph’s brilliant bowling effort. This is their lowest ever IPL total. Debutant Alzarri Joseph wreaked havoc with a stunning spell of 6/12 to hand over Mumbai a 40-run victory.
Now, let’s have a look at some talking points from the match that changed this game completely:
3) Rahul Chahar’s wicket opened doors for MI
SRH’s batting strength mainly lies in their opening combo of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. Both are the leading run-scorers in the tournament with having a century to their name. Before this match, they had not been dismissed in the powerplay this season. Defending a mediocre 136, Rohit Sharma introduced young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar as early as in the fourth over to get a breakthrough.
The young spinner didn’t disappoint his Captain as he removed Bairstow with the first ball he delivered to the Englishman. He gave a little bit of width in his delivery and Bairstow attempted for a lofted shot which eventually ended in short third man’s hands. Later he also scalped the wicket of Yusuf Pathan which made it harder for SRH.
2) Pollard’s late blitz gave MI bowlers something to work with
Mumbai was jolted by SRH’s combined bowling effort as they struggled to score on a bowler-friendly Hyderabad pitch. By the time Pollard came to the crease, MI was reeling at 63-4 in 12 overs. In the next over, he lost Ishan Kishan also. In that situation, Pollard played cautiously as Hardik and Chahar tried to up the scoring rate.
By the end of 18th over, he lost both of them and MI were just 97-7 and Pollard had only scored 9 runs off the 13 balls he faced at the time. In the last couple of overs, he made sure to get the majority of the strike and whacked 37 runs to take Mumbai Indians to a fighting total of 136. This knock eventually made the difference in the match.
In the 19th over, bowled by Siddharth Kaul, he smashed three sixes to yield 20 runs from the over. In the 20th over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he scored a couple of boundaries and a six to take another 19 runs. These two overs made a huge difference in the outcome of the match.
1) Alzarri Joseph’s magical spell handed MI 40-run win
Even though SRH lost Bairstow in the fourth over itself, they still have enough firepower to overhaul Mumbai’s total. But debutant Alzarri Joseph has other plans and with his first ball in the league, he bowled out Warner. In his second over, he dismissed the dangerous Vijay Shankar with a short delivery.
Alzarri Joseph’s bowling figures of 6/12 are the best for a bowler on the IPL debut. It is also the best ever bowling effort in IPL history.“
Later he came back to bowl in the 16th over to get another couple of wickets. First, he dismissed Deepak Hooda and then caught & bowled Rashid Khan for a golden duck. Finally, he cleaned both Bhuvneshwar & Kaul to end with splendid figures of 6/12.
These are the best ever bowling figures in the 12-year history of the league. The Antigua born cricketer broke Sohail Tanvir’s 6/14 record in the inaugural edition of IPL and handed Mumbai Indian’s a 40-run victory.