So, the Mumbai Indians took on the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket
Stadium in its second outing in this year’s Indian Premier League and fans got to witness another last
over thriller. If you are a Mumbai Indians fan reading this, I know these are tough times, but I want you
to know that WE SHALL OVERCOME. The final over was dramatic to say the least and it was just the kind
of finish one would expect in a battle involving the Mumbai Indians.
Kane Williamson won the toss and invited Rohit & Co. to bat first. There were a couple of changes in
Mumbai Indians playing XI. Ben Cutting was drafted into the side as Hardik had to sit out owing the
troubled ankle while Mitch made way for Sangwan. Bhuvi had a stiff back and Sandeep Sharma made his
debut for SRH. He extracted swing straight away and bowled a peach of a delivery to Rohit Sharma first
up. He bowled a tidy first over. Rohit was just about loosening up a bit after hitting Stanlake for a six and
a four in the second over before being caught by a diving Shakib at square leg. Evin Lewis enjoyed his
stay in the middle and hit quite a few exquisite shots. He was joined by Ishan Kishan at the crease who
seemed pretty restless right from the word go. He wanted to deposit everything out of the park and was
sent back by Siddharth Kaul, who got him caught at third man off his second delivery in the match. A
knuckle ball on the last ball of the powerplay overs did Lewis in and the top three were back in the hut
at the end of the first six overs.
Suryakumar and Krunal tried to steady the ship but the wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Runs
were difficult to come by as Rashid tightened the screws around the MI batting line up. Pollard played a
nice little cameo but couldn’t convert the start into something substantial. MI managed to put up a
below par 147 on the board and the onus was now on the bowlers to salvage MI’s pride.
Dhawan and Saha opened the innings for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and they got off to a flier. Dhawan
was looking more fluent of the two and they survived the powerplay overs without losing any wicket
while putting the bad (and Dhawan even good) balls for four. Mayank Markande who has been a
revelation for the Mumbai Indians accounted for Saha’s wicket in his very first over. That was the
breakthrough MI was looking for. They were cruising up till then and was important to break the
partnership. Williamson nicked to Ishan the following over and suddenly SRH were two wickets down.
Dhawan, Pandey and Shakib fell shortly after. Markande picked up four crucial wickets in his spell while
conceding less than six runs per over. He brought Mumbai Indians back in the game and there was now
a glimmer of hope.
Hooda and Yusuf stitched together a crucial partnership and were knocking singles around as the
required rate was still pretty manageable. Bumrah did what he does best in the death overs. He choked
up the runs and picked up two wickets in successive deliveries in the 18 th over. Fizz followed it up with
an even better over picking up two wickets while giving away just one run. Ben Cutting was entrusted
with defending 11 off the final 6. He started with a full toss on off which was hit for a six. It was down to
one run off the final ball with one wicket remaining. MI fans wanted a super over while the orange army
would have hoped for Stanlake to just put bat on ball and then run for his life! He did better. He chipped
one over the mid-wicket region and SRH overhauled MI’s total on the final ball of the match.
So far, it is two (victories) in two (matches) for SRH. As for the Mumbai Indians, it was the second time in
as many matches where they came tantalizingly close to winning, but found themselves on the other
end of it all. This Mumbai Indians team is a very strong team and has (all) the makings of a champion
side. It is just a matter of time before they start getting results in their favor.