M17 : Mumbai showed how Champions team performs
Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the history of IPL. They have won the title 4 times. Till now 6 innings were played at Sharjah and the minimum score was 200. This was the first day match at Sharjah. Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat first. The pitch where everyone wants to chase the target, what champions teams do? They win the toss and opts for bat. Rohit wanted to set the target and believed their bowlers to defend that target.
Rohit Sharma got out early in the very first over. Quinton de Kock was not in good touch so far but the team management believed in the pedigree and stick with him. Suryakumar Yadav knows that his partner is not in good touch so he took the responsibility in the powerplay. He played shots and took pressure off from de Kock. After the wicket of SKY, Ishan Kishan joined hands with Quinton. Quinton de Kock hit his first half century of the season. Quinton de Kock played an absolute fine knock of 67 off 39 ball that concluded 4 fours and 4 sixes. Kieron Pollard 25(13) and the Pandya brothers, Hardik 28(19) and Krunal 20(4) gave innings the finishing touches. Mumbai scored 208 for 5 in 20 overs.
7 innings on the trot, 200 plus every time. Sunrisers Hyderabad need their top 4 to do the bulk of the scoring. Bairstow and Warner started cautiously. Bairstow was the aggressor, but his stay was cut short by Trent Boult. Manish Pandey looked good for his 30(19) but once again threw his wicket away at the wrong moment. Kane Williamson got out early and all the pressure was on David Warner to chase the target. When your top order doing all the scoring, the inexperienced middle order didn't have that fire power to take some pressure off from Warner. David Warner also hit his first fifty in the this IPL 2020. He scored 60 off 44. He continued to lose partners during the run chase and eventually got out to his countrymen James Pattinson. Abdul Samad did hit some big hits but they were too little and too late. In the end Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 174 for 7 in 20 overs and fell short of the target by 34 runs.