The SRH team only ‘just’ managed to win against the MI team with a difference of 3 runs. If the SRH team needs to go to the top they need not only a win but many other factors need to be considered.
The ‘inexperienced’ batting line up of the MI team managed to stay alive till the 18th over’s end. This over went for 4 sixes by Tim David.
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The SRH team was given batting first, for which they got a ‘new’ opening pair. Abhishek Sharma was dismissed off early but Garg and Tripathi managed to ‘counterattack’. They seem to nail the hitting most of the time.
In the 5th over, Tripathi took on Jasprit Bumrah, and hit him for a six and two 4’s. These two batters did not seem to slow down even when the field spread out.
The MI team survive the ‘Death’ Over’s
The score at 16 over’s was 164 and the 2 batsmen started to look dangerous. The SRH team was all set for a ‘huge’ total. Things changed in the following 2 overs, with a wicket falling for every big shot that they tried.
The wickets seem to make a difference as only 29 runs and 2 boundaries were made in the last 4 overs.
The Platform is Set
The top order of the MI team needed to do some heavy lifting. In the exchanges early on they managed to combine pragmatism and aggression. They did not take any risks but, at the same time, seemed to grab every opportunity.
While Ishan Kishan was effective, Rohit Sharma portrayed intent. This team was 45 for no loss in 5 over’s, but seem to slow down with 61 runs made in 8 over’s.
Umran Malik on fire
Malik seemed to have unsettled the batters. Kishan was ‘hit’ on his bat and Rohit on the helmet. The first breakthrough was by Washington Sundar. HE managed to get the wicket of Rohit.
Malik went all out and made life difficult for Tilak Varma, Kishan and also Sams, the pinch-hitter. All these batters could not reach up to the bounce and the pace. With this ‘burst’ of Malik, the MI team needed 67 runs off the last 5.
David makes a flutter
The SRH team got T Natarajan. He bowled ‘low’ full tosses that David managed to hit 2 fours and 4 sixes. Now, the MI team needed 19 runs off 13 balls. The confusion of Sanjay Yadav and David, unfortunately, got David out.
Of late, the younger bowlers seemed to have ‘over-shadowed’ Bhuvaneshwar. He mixed up the Yorker with short balls that were slow and got Sanjay out. Ramandeep was left with a bit too much to be done in the last over. Fazalhuq Farooqi closed this in an effective manner.