IPL 2021 – Match 9 Highlights – Another chase and Another loss for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Three games and three losses for the orange army in IPL 2021 so far. 

Sun has never raised for the Hyderabad team in this edition. SRH has played three, and they have lost all of them. Mumbai Indians is the latest to win a match against SRH yesterday. SRH again couldn’t chase the total on a tricky Chepauk pitch at Chennai. They are the first time to lose three matches played in IPL 2021 edition.  

Mumbai Indians also have batting issues. That hasn’t affected them as a unit, and that also didn’t stop them from winning. MI won the toss and batted first. The MI openers. Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock started the innings at a brisk pace. The SRH pace bowlers weren’t good in the powerplay overs as Rohit, and De Kock took a toll on Bhuvi and co. 

When The MI openers were batting so brilliantly, it seemed like SRH will have to chase down a target of over 190 runs. De Kock and Rohit’s power-hitting took MI to 53 runs in their powerplay overs. SRH pulled things back a bit as Rohit well set looked for one shot for too many. Virat Singh caught Hit Man when he tried to score another maximum. Vijay Shankar was the man who got the breakthrough of Rohit, who was out for 33 runs. 

Then it was the SRH bowlers who took control of the middle overs as Mumbai Indians batsmen couldn’t convert their starts. The middle order of MI is not in good nick because players like Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Hardik Pandya haven’t scored on consistent bases. SKY hit a lovely boundary before Vijay Shankar of his bowling caught him. Surya was out for just ten runs. 

Ishan Kishan was the next batter with De Kock, who was already well set at the crease. Kishan and De Kock tried to take the MI innings towards the hundred-run mark. But Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked the pick of South African wicketkeeper-batsman for 40 runs. After MI reached the hundred-run mark, Ishan Kishan couldn’t bat through the innings. They dismissed him for 12 runs. 

Mi needed some power hitting. But Hardik Pandya couldn’t provide that finish for the Blues. Hardik was out for just sevens, and Kieron Pollard took the finishing role. He came to bat in the last over and smashed 35 runs from just 22 deliveries, where he scored just one-four. But he smashed three maximums which gave MI a solid finish. 

Mumbai Indians scored 150 runs from the 20 overs, and SRH had a toll because of the last over cameo from Pollard. SRH bowlers were good in the middle overs. But they started and ended poorly. Vijay Shankar and Mujeeb Ur Rahman took two wickets each, while Khalil Ahmed took one o his name. 

The chase again didn’t pan out well for the orange army despite the good start given by their old pair Bairstow and Warner. The SRH openers gave a start of 67 runs and 57 of them in the first six overs. This start from the openers of the orange army kept the game in the balance for SRH. 

But things changed when Jonny Bairstow was hit wicket for 43 runs. Krunal Pandya was the one who broke this stand gave MI a vital breakthrough. MI was back in the game, and they struck at regular intervals. Manish Pandey continued his poor run with the bat. SRH will rethink about Pandey in their next matches. In this game, Pande Ji managed to score just 12 runs. 

Then the runout of the SRH skipper, David Warner, reversed the game to MI. Warner was dismissed for 36 runs. The middle order of SRH had not Williamson and Holder to keep them in the hunt. The young players like Virat Singh and Adul Samad were out quickly. Vijay Shankar scored 28 runs. But he couldn’t finish this game for the orange army. 

The bowlers kept turning the screws on as their bowlers kept chipping away, and in the end, MI bundled SRH out before they reached their 20 overs mark. The orange army scored 137 runs in their 19.4 overs, and they were 13 runs short of the target posted by Mumbai Indians. 

Trent Boult and Rahul Chachar took three wickets each, while Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya took one wicket each to their names. Mumbai won the second match of the IPL 2021 season by a margin of 13 runs. 

Kieron Pollard was named the man of the match for his excellent finishing cameo. It was his 35 runs, which he scored from just 22 deliveries. His innings powered MI to the score of 150 runs.       

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