IPL 2021: Chahar and Boult strike again as Mumbai Indians dumps Sunrisers Hyderabad by 13 runs
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is being held in India. Mumbai Indians is the record five-time defending champion under Rohit Sharma's captaincy. Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad is a former champion, having won it under reigning skipper David Warner.
Defending champion Mumbai Indians yet again produced an all-round stellar performance to tame former champion Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 9 of the 2021 Indian Premier League at the MA Chidambaram (Chepauk) Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock's 40, followed by spinner Rahul Chahar and pacer Trent Boult's three-for, was enough for MI to seal a seven-run win.
Winning the toss, MI skipper Rohit Sharma elected to bat first as he made a change, with Adam Milne replacing Marco Jansen, while SRH skipper David Warner made four changes. The MI openers were off to a decent start, contributing to a 55-run stand before Rohit fell for 33 in the seventh over to pacer Vijay Shankar after being caught by Virat Singh.
It was 16 runs later, in the ninth over, when Suryakumar Yadav fell for just ten to Shankar again after being caught and bowled by the latter. Meanwhile, as de Kock looked to ensure that the innings kept going, in the 14th over, spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman made him caught by substitute fielder J Suchith, as the score read 98/3.
MI lacked regular partnerships as wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan (12) and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (7) departed by the 19th over, with the score reading 131/5. Nevertheless, it was all-rounder Kieron Pollard whose late blitz of a 22-ball 35 allowed MI to finish at 150/5.
As for SRH, six bowlers were utilised, with Shankar and Rahman attaining the most success. In the meantime, pacer Abhishek Sharma was the most economical of the lot.
When SRH came out for the chase, the openers Warner and Jonny Bairstow were off to a flier, contributing to a 67-run opening stand. However, it was spinner Krunal Pandya who made the latter fall for 43, courtesy of hit wicket in the eighth over.
It was 19 runs later when Manish Pandey fell for a mere couple to spinner Rahul Chahar in the following over, who Pollard caught. While Warner looked to steer the innings, he was dismissed for 36 off an unfortunate run out in the 12th over, while the score read 90.
Warner's dismissals somewhat opened the floodgates for SRH, as wickets continued to tumble regularly. Within the subsequent 40 runs, SRH lost all the remaining seven wickets, falling short of the target by 13 runs, while Virat Singh (11) and Vijay Shankar (28) were the only batsmen to score in double figures.
MI, too, pressed six bowlers into the attack as Chahar and Boult nailed it with three-for each. Meanwhile, it was pacer Jasprit Bumrah who was the most economical of all.
Brief scores: MI 150/5 (De Kock- 40, Rohit- 32,Pollard- 35; Shankar- 2/19, Rahman 2/29) beats SRH 137 in 19.4 overs (Warner- 36, Bairstow- 43; Chahar- 3/19, Boult- 3/28) by 13 runs.
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