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IPL 2020: MI trump SRH by 34 runs

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Mumbai Indians faced the Sunrisers on 4th October at the Sharjah Stadium. The match was important for both MI and SRH with respect to their positions in the points table. The Orange Army was without their key bowler, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar due to his injury. Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma were the pacers included in the team. MI’s team was totally unchanged. Let’s analyse both the innings.

The First Innings: MI won the toss and elected to bat first. As usual, Rohit Sharma was partnered by Quinton De Kock at the top. The innings began smoothly with Rohit Sharma hitting a six of the fourth ball. But, Rohit nicked the next ball straight into the hands of keeper Bairstow. The umpire did not signal out. SRH took a review and the decision was reversed and MI suffered an early jolt as Sharma walked back to the pavilion.

Rohit Sharma
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Surya came out to bat and was looking in a fine touch, playing excellent cricketing shots to score six boundaries. He had a decent partnership of about 42 runs with De Kock before getting out. The partnership was followed by a left handed pair of De Kock and Kishan. De Kock was in a fine form today, scoring a half century. Ishan Kishan also gave a good stand. They had a great partnership of about 78 runs.

MI was consistently scoring at a good run rate of about 9 an over till the 10-over mark. Later, De Kock and Kishan got out and then as usual it was the Pandya and Pollard show. Both of them were looking in a very good touch today, hitting all over the place. They accelerated MI’s run rate to about 10 an over. The last over was bowled by Siddharth Kaul. He got rid of Hardik Pandya on the second ball of the last over.

Krunal Pandya was next. He hit astonishing 2 sixes and 2 fours in 4 balls at a strike rate of 500 to take Mumbai’s tally to 208 runs of 20 overs. Rashid Khan and Natarajan were the two bowlers who bowled fairly economically.

Krunal Pandya MI
(Image source: Twitter) Krunal Pandya

The Second Innings: Warner and Bairstow gave a really good start to SRH’s innings. Warner was looking in a good form and Bairstow was hitting a number of fours as well. SRH scored over 30 runs in the first 4 overs, before losing Johnny Bairstow.

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The new batsman to walk to the crease was Manish Pandey. Earlier in the field, Pandey had dropped a catch on the boundary line but had compensated with an equally good diving catch. Now it was his time with the bat. He began his innings very well, hitting a couple of fours. Pandey and Warner made a good partnership of 60 runs before Pandey was dismissed. At that stage, the Sunrisers were cruising with a run rate of over 9.5.

After Pandey’s dismissal, none of the next batsmen made any impact. Williamson and Garg got out early, before David Warner was dismissed. At that point of time, it seemed like a lost cause for SRH already. Run rate was mounting and there were no reliable batsmen. Sharma and Samad failed to contribute anything significant.

The star of Mumbai’s bowling was Trent Boult. Boult scalped two wickets for just 28 runs of his 4 overs. Pattinson’s performance was also similar to Boult’s. Bumrah went for too many runs today but compensated with 2 wickets to his name.

Trent Boult was declared the Man of the Match. MI won by 34 runs. SRH needs to focus on their batting. Williamson needs to perform. MI’s performance was pretty good. There weren’t any significant errors. However, there is a scope for improvement in the bowling department. That’s all for today!

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