IPL: De Kock strikes form as Mumbai down Sunrisers

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In the 9th match of IPL 2021, Mumbai Indians took on Sunrisers Hyderabad.

In a thrilling rollercoaster of a match, the defending champions put in an ace performance.

They defended their total of 150 runs, emerging winners by 13 runs. 

Mumbai won the toss and decided to bat first in Chennai.

Fresh from their victory in the last match, MI was brimming with confidence.

This translated into a good opening standing of 55 runs between Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma.

De Kock struck good form after having two bad games.

His 40 off 39 balls contained 5 fours and skipper Rohit contributed 32 runs off 25 with 2 sixes and 2 fours. 

However, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav failed, scoring 10 and 12 runs respectively.

The SRH spinners, Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Vijay Shankar effectively put the brakes on the MI scoring rate by getting rid of these two attacking batsmen.

Thankfully for MI, Kieron Pollard showed up with a superb innings.

His quick 35 runs of 22 balls contained 3 huge sixes and helped Mumbai Indians reach the 150 mark. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a bad day at the office, conceding 45 runs in 4 overs with no wickets.

However, Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Vijay Shankar bowled well, taking two wickets each.

Surprisingly, the world’s top T20 bowler, Rashid Khan couldn’t bag a wicket.  

Sunrisers Hyderabad were hoping to secure their first win of IPL 2021 with a great start.

They were not disappointed as skipper Warner and Jonny Bairstow displayed some crackling form.

They raced to 67 in just 7.1 overs, with Bairstow making 43 runs in just 22 balls with 4 sixes and 3 fours.

In a stroke of bad luck, he got out hit wicket, off the bowling of Krunal Pandya.

4 runs later, Manish Pandey fell for just 2 runs and the fall of wickets turned into a procession when captain Warner got run out.

Warner looked in good nick and made 36 runs off 34 balls with 2 sixes and 2 fours.

Warner’s dismissal triggered an incredible collapse.

Apart from Vijay Shankar, who made 28 runs, SRH suffered a real meltdown with the final 6 batsmen making a grand total of 12 runs!

Sunrisers were all out on 137 runs as they lost by 13 runs. 

Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers giving only 14 runs in 4 over with 12 dot balls.

Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar were both outstanding, taking 3 wickets each.

Mumbai Indians 150 for 5 (Quinton de Kock 40, Kieron Pollard 35, Vijay Shankar 19-2) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad 137 all out (Bairstow 43, David Warner 36, Trent Boult 28-3) by 13 runs