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Alzarri Joseph’s firing spell helps Mumbai Indians thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) lost to Mumbai Indians (MI) by 40 runs, courtesy Alzarri Joseph’s firing spell. His 6 for 12 guided Mumbai Indians to register another win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Saturday, April 6. He registered one of the best spells in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL).

SRH won the toss and elected to bowl first. Put into bat, MI captain Rohit Sharma survived an lbw in the very first over and then got another life in the very next ball as Siddarth Kaul failed to grab the catch at the third man region. It was Mohammad Nabi who handed over Hyderabad the first breakthrough when he took up Rohit Sharma and ended with the brilliant figures of 1 for 13.

Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock tried their best to resurrect the innings but Sandeep Sharma trapped him in front of the wicket for 7. Quinton de Kock too got dismissed for 19, leaving Mumbai struggling at 43 for 3. He mistimed Kaul’s knuckle-ball and ended up giving a catch to Deepak Hooda at deep mid-wicket.

The pressure fell upon Pandya brothers but Krunal Pandya couldn’t stay long as he top-edged a pull shot that landed straight to Jonny Bairstow. On the other hand, Ishan Kishan played some good shots while playing his first game but unable to convert his score into a big one.

Later, Hardik Pandya (14) and Pollard tried to steady the ship. Hardik smashed Rashid Khan for a maximum over long on. But Rashid Khan had the last laugh as Hardik smashed straight towards Vijay Shankar at deep mid-wicket and got out for 17.

Mumbai started struggling at 97 for 7 after 18 overs where they needed a strong end. Pollard did exactly the same. He hit Kaul for three sixes in the penultimate over and then two boundaries and a six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the final over and took Mumbai to 136/7 after 20 overs.

Apart from the last two overs, Hyderabad bowlers did a brilliant job of restricting Mumbai within a below per.  Both the spinners – Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan did a fabulous job and so did Sandeep Sharma. Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar too would have had a perfect day if they bowled more cautiously in the final two overs.

Chasing 137, Hyderabad openers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner came to bat. They had previous partnerships of 118, 110, 185 and 64. Both of them started with the same aggression as they chose Behrendorff for boundaries in the first two overs.

However, their partnership didn’t last long as Rahul Chahar picked up Bairstow for 16 off 10 in his first over. He mistimed the ball and it got top-edged and landed to Bumrah at short third man.

That’s when Joseph took over the command and was helped by other bowlers as well as Hyderabad were bundled out for 96 in 17.4 overs. In the process, the Antiguan also bettered the record of Sohail Tanvir’s figures of 6 for 14. Then it was Alzarri Joseph, who bowled Warner for 15 off 13. Hyderabad earlier played all their four matches without losing a wicket in the powerplay but this time they lost both their in-form openers.

Things went worse for Hyderabad as they lost Vijay Shankar for a mere 5 off 10; who was struggling in the middle and Hyderabad were reduced to 42-3 after 6.5 overs. The opportunity was great for Manish Pandey and Deepak Hooda to capitalize in the run-chase but both of them failed miserably. Pandey hit a back length delivery for a pull shot but Rohit Sharma took a well-judged catch at mid-wicket and sent Pandey in.

Meanwhile, Chahar dismissed Yusuf Pathan for a duck. While came back for his second spell, Joseph picked up Hooda for 20 and Rashid Khan for a duck in the same over and left Hyderabad tattered for 89-7 after 16 overs. It was just a matter of time by then for Mumbai to win the game. Bumrah picked up Nabi for 11 and Joseph cleaned up Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul in his final over and ended up his terrific spell with a figure of 3.4-1-12-6; which helped Mumbai to claim another comfortable win.

Once again it was seen that if Hyderabad openers fail to score runs, their middle-orders can’t win the game by their own. Hyderabad need Kane Williamson in the middle for more stabilization in the batting line up or the batsmen like Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan need to step up.

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