The 2019 IPL kicked-off over the weekend and it wasn’t a great start for the Mumbai Indians and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. While one team has to win and the other has to lose in the game of cricket, it is always nice to start on a winning note. Mumbai and Hyderabad will not have to wait for long to turn things around.
Both teams might have to make a couple of changes to their bowling departments as this was the area which cost them the game.
Mumbai Concede 213 Runs To Delhi Capitals
The Mumbai Indians are a little thin in the bowling department as some of the key bowlers have suffered injuries. It showed in their opening match against the Delhi Capitals as they conceded 213 runs which proved too much for them to chase.
R Pant was the man who took the Mumbai Indians bowling apart in a 78 run knock and a strike rate of 288. All the bowlers went at an economy rate of over 10. The Mumbai Indians struggled at the top of the order and only Y Singh and K Pandya brought some stability to the order. They lost by 27 runs.
Their next game is against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 28.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Overcome By Russell Blizt
The Sunrisers welcomed back D Warner at the top of the order who was in good knick and scored 85 at a strike rate of 160. The Sunrisers managed to get to 181 for the loss of just 3 wickets and in retrospect might wonder why they did not risk more and push harder.
While 181 was a good total, it proved to be far too list as Andre Russell decided to put his stamp on the tournament. The West Indian all-rounder missed the last IPL due to suspension and was determined to prove his worth. He picked up 2 wickets with the ball and then played a match changing innings scoring an unbeaten 49 at a strike rate of 257. His knock included 4 sixes and 4 fours.
The concern for Hyderabad will be their bowling which looks pretty thin. Apart from B Kumar and R Khan, the rest of the bowlers did not look threatening. They might look to make a couple of changes in the next game.
The Sunrisers are scheduled to play the Rajasthan Royals on March 29.