When the Sun Risers Hyderabad took on the Mumbai Indians on the 8th of May in Vishakhapatnam, fans would have expected a close contest considering both sides are pretty evenly matched on paper. However that wasn’t the case as the Mumbai Indians had a shocker of a game and let their fans down badly.
The Sun Risers batted first and captain David Warner continued his good run of form falls just 2 runs short of a half-century. His opening partner Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten anchoring the innings and compiling a well made 82. The innings received a much needed boost after Yuvaraj Singh hit two sixes and three fours in his 39 runs before he was out hit-wicket.
The Sun Risers set the Mumbai Indians are target of 177 which was a formidable one considering the Sun Risers have a strong bowling line-up. Mumbai Indians got off to a horrible start losing Patel in the first over and captain Rohit Sharma to the first ball of the second over. The Mumbai Indians could not recover from that double blow as they lost wickets consistently and found it hard to break the shackles that A Nehra and M Rahman imposed on them.
The Mumbai Indians were bowled out for just 92 runs with Nehra recording figures of 3 overs for 15 runs with 3 wickets and Rahman sending down 3 overs for 16 runs with 3 wickets. The Sun Risers have one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament but the Mumbai Indians will be disappointed by their lack of application.
In a statement, captain Rohit Sharma said “They bowled really well. We did not execute or plans with the bat, not much in the wicket we just did not apply ourselves. Games like this happen. Important for us to leave this game here and move forward. We bowled pretty okay, we did not get a good start with the ball. Was one of those days were nothing went for us. We fielded well which s a good sign, a positive to take forward”.
The Sun Risers and KKR now have 12 points on the IPL points table but the Sun Risers are placed in second place due to their superior net-run rate. Captain David Warner has been very happy with his side’s performance and wants his team to maintain the momentum right through the tournament.