Mumbai Indians notched up their second victory of the season at home in their third match as they defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets. This was their second consecutive victory after having lost the first match to the Rising Pune Supergiants. On the other hand, the Sunrisers tasted defeat for the first time this season after having won their previous couple of matches. Mumbai’s victory today was once again a team effort as everyone made small yet important contributions. Jasprit Bumrah was adjudged the ‘Man of the Match’ for his excellent spell of 4-24-3.
Let us take a look at some of the Heroes and Zeroes from the game-
1) Jasprit Bumrah:
Bumrah has been Mumbai’s most reliable death bowler in the last couple of years and today he once again showed why he is regarded as one of the best when it comes to death bowling. He was economical in his first spell and when he came back to bowl in the death, he accounted for the wickets of Ben Cutting, Naman Ojha and Rashid Khan. Cutting was looking dangerous having smashed 20 off just 9 deliveries and he could have changed the course of the match in no time. However, Bumrah knocked his stumps over with a very-well executed yorker and gave Mumbai the much-needed breakthrough. He ended up with bowling figures of 4-0-24-3 and helped to restrict SRH to a score of 158/8.
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2) Harbhajan Singh:
The Turbanator was seen in his own prime form with the ball today as he tied down the batsmen whenever he came on to bowl. Not only that, he also accounted for the important breakthroughs of David Warner and Deepak Hooda. Just when Warner had started looking dangerous, Harbhajan foxed him with a change in pace and steep bounce as Warner miscued a reverse sweep only to be caught by Parthiv Patel. And when Deepak Hooda had walked out to bat with a license to free his arms, Harbhajan also got the better of him. He ended p with impressive match figures of 4-23-2 and turned out to be one of the main architects of Mumbai’s victory.
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3) Nitish Rana:
Rana continued his good form with the bat today also as he played a reliable knock of 45(36). He anchored the innings all the way to the 18th over coming in at No.3 as wickets kept tumbling at the other end. By the time he departed, he had already taken Mumbai to the doors of victory. He played the big shots when others failed to score and mellowed down to play the second fiddle when Krunal Pandya was striking the ball with brute force at the other end. He showed immense maturity and looks good to have a good season with the bat ahead.
1) Mustafizur Rahman:
The ‘Fizz’ didn’t have the best of starts to his IPL 2017 season as he was taken apart for 3 runs in the 2.4 overs that he bowled. He was the major reason behind Sunrisers’ title-winning campaign last season. However, he failed to deliver today and that resulted in a loss for the Sunrisers; their first of the season.
2) Ashish Nehra:
The old Warhorse could not bring his experience into play today as he was taken apart for 46 runs in his 4 overs. The only wicket that he accounted for was that of Jos Buttler. However, he kept leaking runs and never kept the run flow in check. Moreover, he didn’t even try to bowl the Yorkers today and kept bowling length balls giving the batsmen ample opportunity to free their arms.
Ashish Nehra finishes with 4-0-46-1. End of an expensive spell from the veteran. MI: 134/4 in 16 overs. Need 25 off 24 balls. #IPL
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3) Yuvraj Singh:
Yuvraj could not follow up his thunderous performance in the previous match as he failed to contribute significantly with the bat today. Everyone was expecting fireworks from Yuvraj Singh as he walked out to bat at No.4 as late as in the 15th over. However, all he managed was just 5 runs off 7 deliveries as he played on a good length delivery from Hardik Pandya. The momentum of the game shifted away to the Mumbai Indians at that moment and Sunrisers never got back again.