Alzarri Joseph delivered a scintillating bowling performance to help Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in a game played in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Bowlers did an excellent job for Sunrisers to restrict star-studded Mumbai batting lineup to just 136 runs. In reply, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow perished early to see Sunrisers succumb to 40-run defeat in their home fixture.
Certainly, the lack of runs from the middle order will be a concern for Sunrisers, who were bundled out for just 96 runs in 17.4 overs. Rohit Sharma certainly made excellent decision on the field to steal two points in Hyderabad.
Mumbai Indians managed to put on a decent score due to Kieron Pollard’s blitz at the end. In reply, West Indies pace bowler Alzarri Joseph ran through Sunrisers Hyderabad’s batting lineup to finish with six wickets to his name.
Chasing 137 runs to win, openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow got Sunrisers off to a steady start. The duo added 33 runs for the opening wicket. Bairstow was the first to be dismissed as Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar produced a crucial breakthrough for Mumbai Indians. Debutant Alzarri Joseph dismissed David Warner, who flashed at a delivery outside off-stump.
All-rounder Vijay Shankar played a reckless shot to see Joseph pick up his second wicket of the innings. Hyderabad’s middle-order looked rusty due to the lack of batting time at the crease so far this season.
Manish Pandey got off to a decent start and once again failed to produce a big innings. Rahul Chahar claimed his second wicket as Yusuf Pathan perished for a duck to see Hyderabad reeling at 62 for 5 in 11.2 over.
Mohammad Nabi and Deepak Hooda momentarily provided hope to Hyderabad but it wasn’t enough as they were bundled out for just 96 runs.
For Mumbai Indians, pace bowler Alzarri Joseph finished with figures of 6 for 12 in 3.4 overs. It was the best bowling figures by a debutant bowler in the history of Indian Premier League.
Kieron Pollard’s late blitz followed by sensational spell of bowling by Alzarri Joseph saw Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad
Earlier in the game, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock failed to capitalize on their good starts. Off-spinner Mohammad Nabi dismissed Sharma to see Mumbai lose their first wicket with 21 runs on the board.
On the other hand, de Kock also perished while trying to go for a big shot off the bowling of Siddharth Kaul. Medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma trapped Suryakumar right in front of the stumps to see Mumbai placed in a precarious position at 43 for 3 after 8.2 overs.
Ishan Kishan and Krunal Pandya added 20 runs for Mumbai. Pandya was dismissed by Kaul to see Mumbai lose their fourth wicket. Kishan was run-out for 17 runs after a terrible mix-up with Kieron Pollard.
All-rounder Kieron Pollard certainly showed his abilities with the bat in the later stage of the game. He smashed three sixes off the bowling of Siddharth Kaul. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also failed to put in the right areas as Pollard smashed two fours and a six to help Mumbai Indians post 136 for 7 in their 20 overs.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, the spin duo of Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan bowled well and conceded just 40 runs from eight overs between them. Kaul also bowled well and picked up two wickets despite going for runs at the end.
For his scintillating bowling performance, pacer Alzarri Joseph was named man of the match.