5 Oct 2020

Mumbai Indians walkover a dilute Orange Army

By cricinsane

A day game at Sharjah with hitters like Pollard, Pandya, Rohit and Warner taking the field meant that bowlers would had another lackluster day at the bowler’s graveyard. But it was only the SRH bowlers who suffered the brute on the road inside the stadium of Sharjah and Mumbai Indians bowlers were too hot to handle for the fragile SRH batting line up.

Mumbai Indians won the crucial toss and without hesitation chose to bat first. Rohit Sharma was removed by Sandeep Sharma in the first over. Quinton De Kock who didn’t have a fluent run in the IPL thus far, carried the team with Surya Kumar and Ishan Kishan and made sure MI didn’t lose wickets in a cluster and had enough to accelarate towards the end of the innings. De Kock brought up his first 50 this IPL and looked really solid with the bat. However T Natrajan’s brilliance with the ball in hand against the likes of Hardik and Pollard and a usual miser spell from Rashid Khan kept SRH in the game until the last over before Krunal Pandya hammered Sidharth Kaul for 20 runs in the last 4 deliveries to take MI past 200 which looked unlikely at the 19th over mark.

Sunrisers started their innings like a fire cracker and Bairstow took the charge before falling prey to a brilliant Trent Boult. Manish Pandey threatened with his early blistering but perished soon too. The early Williamson wicket meant it was too much of an ask of Warner to take SRH past the finishing line overhauling and incredibly insane bowling line up that was ready to give nothing away. SRH lost the game by 34 runs in the end and that is a very big margin at this venue. Mumbai Indians in all honesty looked class apart for the SRH to handle throughout the game and a scratchy Warner has not yet set the IPL on fire like he has been for the past few years.

Here are key takeaways from the game:

  1. Too late for Kieron Pollard : Mumbai Indians would like to send in Pollard a little early and in a game at Sharjah having scored only 208, Pollard got only 13 balls to face. Mumbai Indians would want to unleash their beast a little earlier than regretting at in some game towards the end of the tournament.
  2. Warner show awaited: Sunrisers have not yet had the services of their main man David Warner. For a batsman, scoring 500+ runs in the last 3 seasons, this season has been a disappointing season thus far for the otherwise reliable Warner. SRH would hope for him to fire from the front and inject confidence into the team.
  3. No Bhuvneshwar, No party: After the loss of Bhuvneshwar, the SRH bowling unit lacks the teeth it is often known for. Sidharth Kaul who came into the side in place of Bhuvi leaked 64 in 4 overs and that was the key difference between the two sides.
  4. Exceptional Natrajan and Rashid : Rashid is known to be a banker for the SRH every season however with the way Natrajan has presented himself on the big stage this year nailing the most number of yorkers by any bowler in the IPL 2020, he is a bright propspect no Just for SRH but even for Indian cricket going forward.

Stats Corner:

  1. Sandeep Sharma dismissed Rohit Sharma for the 5th time in his career. He also has dismissed Virat Kohli 8 times in 13 outings and can be termed as a giant killer as far as IPL is concerned.
  2. SRH became the first team to not be able to cross 200 mark at Sharjah after 7 consecutive 200+ innings at the same venue.
  3. This was the 10th instance of MI crossing 200 mark in the IPL and they won all the games when they did so, the most by any team in the IPL.

4. Most SIXES conceded in IPL 2020
11* – Bumrah
10 – Jadeja
9 – Curran
8 – Narine

Twitter was full of humorous memes during the game. Here are the best collection from the game last night.

It was a fairly one sided game at Sharjah and then later at Dubai too. We will be early to bring the analysis from RCB vs DC game tonight. Stay tuned for Updates.