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Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 40 runs

MOM: Alzarri Joseph

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  • The table flips again! Saturday's double-header saw Chennai trump Punjab while Mumbai demolished Hyderabad defending a modest total. That sees Dhoni's side top the table for now, with 8 points from 5 matches. Hyderabad are in second while Mumbai slot into the top 4. Sunday's double header sees Bangalore host Delhi at 4 pm local, followed by the Rajasthan-Kolkata clash at 8 pm local. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • ALZARRI JOSEPH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 6/12. Smiles and says that this is a dream start. On his inclusion in the playing XI, Joseph says that he just looked to keep it simple and do the basics. On muted celebrations on the David Warner wicket, Alzarri says that he was more focussed on the team winning at that point of time.
  • Victorious Mumbai captain, Rohit Sharma, admits that he is very pleased with the result in the last 2 games. Coyly says that 136 was not a great score but the bowlers held their nerves and gave it their all. Is full of praise for the debutant Alzarri Joseph for bringing his confidence from the CPL and the Windies cricket team. Agrees that the Mumbai batsmen played rash strokes on a wicket which was very sticky. However, once they got to 136, he backed his bowlers to come and defend that. Also admits that the Mumbai think-tank did plan to exploit the brittle middle order of Hyderabad and once the openers were dismissed, Rohit was confident that his team could knock off the wickets in the middle overs as well. On Mumbai being slow starters, Sharma says that it is not an ideal thing at all and wants his team to be more consistent. Expects characters to step up, like Pollard and Alzarri did in this game.
  • Hyderabad skipper, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, says the dropped catches cost them big time. Mentions it could have been an easy chase but the runs from Pollard proved the difference. States taking catches is very important in this game but they failed to do so. Admits the openers failed today and the middle order did not come to the fore as well. Ends by saying the wicket was not a normal flat one but the score should have been chased down.
  • Earlier in the game, Hyderabad had the game under control having Mumbai at 97/7 after 18 overs. But the last 2 overs went for 39 and the hosts have ended up losing by 40 runs. Had Mumbai been restricted to 120 or below, Hyderabad could have ended up winning. Time for the presentation...
  • this is what happens when your middle order is not that strong. They have been facing this issue for the last 2-3 years now, with the batting resting mainly on Warner, Williamson and Dhawan (till last year). This season, it has been mainly Warner and Bairstow. Can they find a way to get Shakib into the playing XI? Or maybe, do what Melbourne Renegades, an Australian T20 franchise, does with Mohammad Nabi. Use him at number 4 or 5. The middle order simply did not turn up tonight and it was very difficult for a set batsman to score on a sluggish pitch.
  • The crowd look stunned but let us be fair. They have seen what they don't get to see everyday. A fast bowler, tearing through the opposition (in this case their own home team) on a slow pitch. He got the big wicket early on - of David Warner and then, it was like just cutting a piece of paper with a scissor. However, 4 out of his 6 wickets came in the last 10 balls. Outstanding. From the other end, Behrendorff and Bumrah did their bit while Rahul Chahar impressed with a 2-fer.
  • Alzarri Shaheim Joseph. Remember the name. Just remember the name. A few weeks ago, this 22-year old kid stunned his country by turning out to play a Test match in the Caribbean, forgoing his mother's funeral. Here, on League debut, he has broken a record which lasted for 11 years. Take a bow.
  • 17.4AJoseph to SKaul

    W
    OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Joseph does get a six-fer. Best figures by a bowler in the Indian T20 League. What a performance by the youngster. Outstanding stuff. He lands this one on a length and it is outside off. Kaul hangs his bat out, the ball kisses the outside edge and de Kock behind makes no mistake. All smiles in the Mumbai camp as THEY HAVE WON BY 40 RUNS!
  • 17.3AJoseph to SSharma

    1
    Goes short and outside off, Sharma guides it to point and takes a single.
  • 17.2AJoseph to SSharma

    4
    FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Down the leg side, Sandeep flicks it through fine leg for a boundary.
  • Sandeep Sharma is the last man in.
  • 17.1AJoseph to BKumar

    W
    OUT! Or he would just look to shuffle across in the hope to find a boundary but miss with his flick shot and see his middle stump get uprooted. FIFER FOR ALZARRI! That too on debut, how better could you start your Indian T20 League career. They do check for the no ball but AJ is fine. He now has 5 balls to take a six-fer.
  • 16.6JBumrah to BKumar

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    This is angled into the batter. Kumar works it through square leg for a single. Kumar I think now will try and reduce the margin of defeat as much as possible.
  • 16.5JBumrah to BKumar

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    Angles this one into the batter, Kumar works it to mid-wicket.
  • Siddarth Kaul walks in at number 10, replacing Nabi.
  • 16.4JBumrah to MNabi

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    OUT! That is probably the final nail in the coffin. Bumrah gets rid of Nabi. Hits the deck hard and lands it on middle, the ball zips through. Nabi is way too late in the pull shot. It goes off the top edge towards mid off and Rohit takes it with ease.
  • 16.3JBumrah to MNabi

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    On the shorter side and on middle, Nabi looks to make room and slashes at it but misses.
  • 16.2JBumrah to BKumar

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    Another length ball and around off, Kumar this time guides it down to third man and gives the strike to MN.
  • 16.1JBumrah to BKumar

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    Good length and on off, Kumar tries the right thing as he looks to give the strike to Nabi by guiding it to point but the latter is not interested.
  • 15.8AJoseph to BKumar

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    No hat-trick though. The idea was right. It is full but the line is a little too straight. Kumar looks to flick but it hits his pads and rolls towards mid-wicket. A leg bye taken. 5 runs and two wickets from this one.
  • Skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks in next.
  • 15.7AJoseph to RKhan

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    OUT! Two-in-two for Joseph and it is Mumbai's game to lose now! The short ball does the trick again for him. It is on the body and rushes onto the batsman. Rashid looks to pull by taking his eyes off the ball. The ball takes the top edge, then hits the shoulder and lobs beside the pitch. Joseph runs towards it and takes it. Nabi has to do it by himself. Needs to replicate what Pollard did. On the other hand, AJ is on a hat-trick on his debut.
  • STRATEGIC BREAK. Just when a partnership was brewing, it was cut short. Hyderabad are finding it tougher and tougher to get the boundaries and it will take something really remarkable to get home from here. Bumrah has 2 overs left - consider them not getting scored off much. So that means, the hosts would need to score somewhere around 40 in 2 overs to win this game. That is the effect of that Kieron Pollard onslaught. Meanwhile, here comes Rashid Khan.
  • 15.6AJoseph to DHooda

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    OUT! BOOM! Third for Joseph. You miss, I hit. Full and straight. Hooda swings across the line but misses. The furniture behind is disturbed. Hooda, the batsman who was set walks back. 49 needed in 26.
  • 15.5AJoseph to DHooda

    WD
    WIDE! Down the leg side again, Hooda goes for the paddle but once again misses. Wided again.
  • 15.4AJoseph to MNabi

    1B
    A bye! The slower one outside off, Nabi looks to go over the off side but misses. de Kock fails to collect it cleanly and a bye is taken.
  • 15.3AJoseph to DHooda

    1
    That was right in the zone! This is full and on middle, Hooda swings but it goes off the inner half towards square leg for a run. The fielder does have a shy at the keeper's end but misses.
  • 15.2AJoseph to DHooda

    WD
    Down the leg side, Hooda looks to sweep but misses. It has been wided.
  • 15.1AJoseph to DHooda

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    It is bowled outside off, Hooda looks to put bat on ball but misses.
  • Alzzari Joseph is back on!
  • 14.6JBumrah to MNabi

    6
    SIX! What a shot! Outrageous! Powerful. It is short and it is slower in pace. Nabi stands tall and then flat-bats it over the long off fence. Spoils what was a top over it was till then. 53 needed in 30 balls.
  • 14.5JBumrah to MNabi

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    Full on middle and leg, Nabi flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 14.4JBumrah to MNabi

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    A good bouncer! Pitching on middle, Nabi ducks under it.
  • 14.3JBumrah to DHooda

    1
    Full on leg, Hooda drives it to the short cover fielder. Single taken.
  • 14.2JBumrah to MNabi

    1
    Hammered but only a run! Good fielding! This is short and outside off, Nabi slaps it through covers. Chahar runs to his right and keeps it down to one. Singles won't harm Mumbai now.
  • 14.1JBumrah to MNabi

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    Angles this one into the batsman. It skids through. Nabi guides it to point. Another dot.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back on. 1-0-6-0 so far.
  • 13.6RChahar to DHooda

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    Bowls the last ball normally and ends with a dot! Fired outside off, Hooda looks to guide it but misses. Run rate now over 10. 61 needed in the last 6. An excellent night for Chahar, finishes with figures of 2 for 21 in his four.
  • 13.5RChahar to MNabi

    1
    A very interesting run up there. Chahar comes right arm over, reverse cutting the wicket. Seen that for the first time probably. The delivery is quick and on middle, it is worked around the corner for a run.
  • 13.4RChahar to DHooda

    1
    A single! That could have been stopped though. This is pushed to the left of the bowler who dives over the ball and a single is taken.
  • 13.3RChahar to MNabi

    1
    The googly outside off, Nabi leans into it and strokes it through covers for a single.
  • 13.2RChahar to MNabi

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    Flatter this time and Nabi works it to mid-wicket. Two dots in a row.
  • 13.1RChahar to MNabi

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    A wild swing but a miss! Slower through the air outside off, Nabi looks to hit it over the mid-wicket stand but only connects with thin air.
  • 12.6JBehrendorff to DHooda

    2
    Full on leg, Hooda flicks it towards the mid-wicket region. Rohit Sharma at short mid-wicket dives to his left to take the catch but the ball is away from him. Eventually, Pollard at long on, runs to his right and collects the ball. Two runs taken. Behrendorff ends with 4-0-28-1.

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