Match : 17
Teams : Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH)
Venue : Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Toss : Mumbai Indians have won the toss and elected to Bat First
Team Update: Mumbai Indians played with the same team . From Sunrisers Hyderabad, there are two changes Bhuvaneshwar Kumar injured, Sandeep Sharma replaced him and Khaleel Ahmed was replaced by Siddarth Koul. They played with four front line bowlers then their fifth bowling option lies between Abishek Sharma & Abdul Samad.
In the First Innings,Mumbai Indians Skipper went for an early wicket against Sandeep Sharma that shocked every fan of Mumbai Indians who expected the Sharma Show in Sharjah. Then , De kock and Surya Kumar had a quick fire partnership . Decock came to his prime form with his Fifty and proved him in this match after the continuous failure in IPL 2020. They had a clear target in their mind as 200 and played with the same run rate throughout their innings.
Meanwhile , T Natarajan became the yorker specialist in this IPL 2020 and he bowled 20 yorkers in this year which was really impressive from this young man. After the wicket of Ishan Kishan ,big man pollard came in the middle and clearing the boundaries with his style.Mumbai Indians scored 208 -5 at the end and set a above par score in sharjah, At the end Krunal Pandya ,20 Runs from 4 balls made them to set the total of 200+ for Mumbai.From SRH Bowling Side, Rashid Khan & T Natarajan were economical.
While Chasing the 200 + plus score against the top class team like Mumbai Indians, always an extra pressure for the team, Openers Bairstow & David Warner had a decent start, especially Bairstow took charge of Mumbai Bowlers, after a while he got out against Boult. This wicket was very crucial for the SRH, as their batting dependency was too much dependent on this openers, but once again we were not able to utilise the strong opening partnership from SRH. Through , Bairstow failed , on the other end David warner played a sensible knock along with Manish Pandey they kept the chase alive by keeping the required run rate high (10). Once the spinners failed to strike against SRH, Rohit Came up with Pattinson a change of bowling in the middle resulted in Manish Pandey wicket then they took back to back wickets of Williamson, Parg.
Finally a set batsman David Warner also gave his wicket at a crucial time which increased the mumbai winning chance. For SRH, Except David warner no one contributed runs in this chasing also Rohit used his bowler at the right time, especially slow balls of Pollard with the right length made SRH batsmen difficult to score against him.Finally, Mumbai got an easy win against SRH .
Mumbai Indians won by 34 Runs.
Drawbacks of SRH:
SRH were too quick in their chasing instead of taking the chase too deep, they started to target the chase in required run rate as 10 in each over, till the 11 the over they were in control for the chase but back to back wickets in the middle reduced their run rate results in loss.
Positives of MI:
Mumbai Indians were top class in this tournament, Pollard presence in bowling was an additional bonus for this team and he released the pressure for Mumbai bowlers, Defending champions showing their class in IPL 2020.
Man of the Match:
Trent Boult awarded Man of the match for his important two wickets of Bairstow and Willamson.