The defending champions batted with great intent to win against SRH by 42 runs, however failing to restrict the opposition to a 65-run mark meant the end of the 2021 campaign for the men in blue.
Mumbai Indians 235 for 9 (Kishan 84, Suryakumar 82, Holder 4/52, Abhishek 2/4) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 193 for 8 (Pandey 69*, Roy 34, Abhishek 33, Bumrah 2/39) by 42 runs
The Abu Dhabi special marked the last of the round-robin stage for the 2021 IPL season with Mumbai Indians, the defending champions going all in to strive for a near impossible 170 run win to overcome the Kolkata Knight Riders sitting just ahead by NRR.
Ishan Kishan blow SRH away
The big match team got off to a flyer with an 80-run partnership off the first wicket coming in only 5.3 overs. Ishan Kishan, 84(32) with his flamboyant shot-making at the top along with Surya Kumar Yadav, 82(40) were the key architects of the highest score this season.
What seemed and indeed turned out an impossibility, lied amongst the ground of uncertainty during Mumbai’s batting display. With two players striking the ball so well the remaining batting unit was only required to turn the strike over which they did exceptionally well with hardly any dot balls during the 20 over the game.
Holder hold the fort
With striking a necessity, wickets fell at regular intervals with Jason holder managing to take 4 off his 4 overs spell. Abhishek Sharma, SRH’s newly appointed opening bat bowled a single over going at only 4 runs and taking 2 wickets in an innings averaging at a strike rate above 195. Rashid Khan once again showed why he remains Hyderabad’s bankable player to the crucial first wicket of Rohit Sharma and then later Krunal Pandya.
With Mumbai finishing their innings at 235/9, they seem to have responded to the persistent issue of middle-order runs which have plagued them over their second stint. Ishaan post his fastest 50 (off 16 balls) in IPL commented, “If you go with a positive mind, anything is possible.”
Although not to be, Sunrisers responded with confidence scoring 193 runs off their 20 overs. Jason Roy came into his own during his season with the team, he scored a dominant 34 on top of the order against Mumbai’s best bowling in boult and Bumrah almost diminishing any hopes of a miracle.