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Pollard, Chahar & Boult take MI to their second win in IPL 2021

It was yet another good day for the Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. MI beat the Orange Army and climbed to the top of the IPL table courtesy of Pollard, Chahar and Boult. The road to victory wasn’t easy though. Let’s have a look at how MI emerged victorious.

Kieron Pollard was the Man of the Match while Trent Boult was brilliant with the ball yet again for MI | Image Source: Twitter.com

A STABLE START:

MI came out to bat first with the usual batting pair of Rohit Sharma and De Kock. They provided a stable but quick start in the powerplay to the MI innings. There were a few jitters as Rohit Sharma found himself lucky on a couple of occasions. The opening partnership posted 55 runs on the board before Rohit Sharma was caught out.

 

THE MI FALL:

As is evident this season, MI slowed down after the good start and started losing wickets. The man in form, SKY was caught and bowled too early. Quinton De Kock failed to do much damage. Ishan Kishan’s story was no different. Keiron Pollard was the lone ray of hope for the Mumbai Indians. MI was struggling at a dismal score of 138 at 19.4 overs. Kieron Pollard hit 2 sixes off the last two balls to take the score to 150 that helped MI to at least post a fighting total.

Pollard managed to take MI to 150 with his big hits in the final over | Image Source: Twitter.com

 

BAIRSTOW TEES OFF:

The right-hand, left-hand combination of Warner and Bairstow opened the innings for the SRH. The first two overs did not bring in a lot of runs. But in the following overs, Bairstow switched to his most destructive mode. Fours and sixes were smashed all over. Runs were flowing so easily that the target looked like a joke. SRH were cruising at 67 near the 7 over mark. Bairstow got out unfortunately through a hit wicket. Soon after that Manish Pandey lost his wicket and SRH found themselves in some sort of difficulty.

 

SRH MIDDLE ORDER PROBLEM:

SRH once again realized that if their top batsmen don’t perform, they are bound to be doomed. After Pandey’s wicket, it was the Jharkhand batsman Virat Singh who partners Warner. Warner soon lost his wicket off a beautiful run-out by Hardik Pandya. The required run-rate was continuously increasing at that point in time.

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THUNDERBOOM STRIKES AGAIN:

Vijay Shankar did a good job of trying to save the SRH innings. He got no support from the other end though. Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma, and Samad fell too early. In the 16th over, Shankar smashed 2 consecutive sixes off Krunal Pandya. At that point, the match looked in SRH’s grasp. The next four overs though were SRH’s worst nightmare. It was the time of a deadly death over spell by Boult and Bumrah. Runs dried up and wickets started flowing. This was combined with Hardik Pandya’s terrific fielding. SRH fell short of the target and lost all their wickets in the final over.

 

It seemed like those two sixes by Kieron Pollard was the difference between the two sides. SRH has now lost 3/3 matches played by them. Warner and Director Moody have some real problems to solve in front of them. Will SRH get out of shambles? To know the answer, stay tuned……

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