SRH post worst score of IPL 11, MI need 119 to win

Doug Mendoza
April 25, 2018

We need to understand as a team where we went wrong. "But the guys were outstanding in this game", Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson said at the post-match presentation. It is a good change to see a team that not too long ago seemed unbeatable now on their knees with problems.

Mumbai's middle order have once again crumbled as the Indians were sitting at a very handy 130/1 thanks to Yadav (72 from 47) and Ishan Kishan (58 from 42). But it did not work for them as the latter was castled by Mitchell McClenaghan with a pitched up delivery which tailed in a bit for the batsmen.

Hardik struck a lethal blow by sending back Williamson with a ball which seamed in off the pitch.

Williamson also heaped praise on Khan, labeling him a "world-class bowler" and added the 19-year-old leg-spinner will "embrace the challenges" of Twenty20 cricket.

Jasprit Bumrah and Mayank Markande would be the key for MI's bowling unit.

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Mayank Markande bamboozled Mohammad Nabi with a googly while Bumrah recovered from a mauling in the first spell to remove Rashid. The result of that shot proved to be disastrous as the lights in the stumps lightened up and the jam-packed Wankhede roared in joy.

"First of all thanks to mighty Allah for such a performance after a few bad games". Yusuf Pathan tried his best but couldn't accumulate runs as he would've liked. To their credit, the Mumbai bowlers took it down to the wire where the Royals required 10 runs in the final over for victory but ultimately, were unable to get the job done again.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians rode on a disciplined effort on the field to restrict Hyderabad 118. The Trinidadian's compatriot Evin Lewis has been neither outstanding nor a total let-down with the bat, but the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal - have not sparkled with the bat. Ishan Kishan behind the stumps snapped up the edge easily. Pandey hit it straight to Rohit Sharma at extra cove and was out for 16. Krunal Pandya and Suryakumar stabilised the innings but Pandya was done by Rashid Khan for 24 and was given LBW after a successful review.

Rashid Khan, the number one ranked T20i bowlers and "Man of the Match" in the last game is also being hammered in the last two games. Though it didn't close to the naked eye, the bowler prompted a review and it was plumb in the end. In his next over, he removed Kieron Pollard to bring SRH back in the contest. Having elected to bowl, pacers Mitchell McCleneghan and Hardik Pandya provided them the start they were hoping for.

Skipper Kane Williamson waged a lone battle with a fighting 21-ball 29, laced with five hits to the fence before veteran Baroda batsman Yusuf Pathan (29 off 33 balls; 4x2, 6x1) took on the mantle, despite losing his partners at regular intervals. SRH was excellent with their variations with the ball and eventually won the game by a whopping 31 runs while defending the low total of 118 runs to win.

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