Quinton de Kock and Trent Boult, the South African and New Zealand duo combined to win an easy contest in Sharjah in what is the second day of the double-header. Bringing his highest score of the tournament, de Kock scored brilliant 67 runs that had plenty of fours and maximums to take to the fourth consecutive 200+ first innings score at Sharjah.
The 17th match of IPL 2020 is scheduled between the defending champions, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad who went into the match with 4 points each; two wins and one loss in three matches so far. A mouth-watering contest considering the batting line-ups, small ground, and big-hitters in both the teams. After posting yet another 200+ score, Mumbai bowlers rip through Sunrisers batting line-up after and a brief scare in the early part of the innings.
Mumbai Indians innings – Quinton de Kock and finishers role
The beauty of a star-studded team is you never know who might play the innings of the match to win the match for the team and with so many match-winners in the side, there is always someone who can get you over the line.
Quinton de Kock scored his first significant score of the tournament. Opening with, now his regular partner, Rohit Sharma, the skipper went early on the 5th ball of the opening over. Sandeep Sharma had Rohit Sharma caught behind to leave MI in some early trouble.
The next man, Suryakumar Yadav, who is having a good IPL on a personal level, scoring some useful runs on every occasion. This time he scored 27 runs that include 24 runs in boundaries in the form of six 4s.
The other end was controlled by de Kock. The next batsman was in-form Ishan Kishan. They brought up the 3rd wicket partnership of 78 runs in 7 overs. A pretty decent partnership that took the score to 126 in 13 overs.
The short boundaries of Sharjah meant MI needed to score big in the last seven overs of the innings. And with the likes of Kieron Pollard and Pandya brothers, a score of 200+ was in sight.
De Kock got out in the 14th over and Kishan was out in the 15th over. The score, 147-4 in 15 overs.
20s from the triplet of Pollard, Hardik, Krunal meant MI ended their innings at the score of 208.
Pollard and Hardik carried their form from the last match and scored a quick 25 and 28 runs respectively. The second ball of the last over produced the wicket of Hardik Pandya bringing Krunal Pandya on the crease for the final four balls with the score at 188-5. And MI ended at 208-5. A four-boundary finish for Krunal as he hit two 4s and two sixes on the four balls he faced.
For the 3rd consecutive innings, including the last two from the last night match between DC and KKR, the batsmen hit a total 14 sixes in the innings.
Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul picked up two wickets each but Kaul had went for 64 runs in four overs. Rashid Khan continued his good IPL form and took one wicket for just 22 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad innings – Trent Boult and co did it for MI
With the likes of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah in the team, you are always the confident side of the two.
Starting off slowly, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow hoped to start scoring runs like the previous edition but that scoring runs is not just started yet. Early lusty blows from Bairstow took the team a flying start but soon he was dismissed by Trent Boult in the 5th over.
Warner struggled early in the innings and failed to time the ball effectively. He built an early solid partnership with Manish Pandey for the 2nd wicket. The pair scored 60 runs together. Pandey got out after scoring 30 runs off 19 balls in the 10th over.
This time Rahul Chahar went for plenty in his first over, so MI has back-up plans. They used their remaining three overs from Kieron Pollard, who went cheaply, silently, and unnoticed in his three overs conceding just 20 runs.
And after that, the wickets started to falling and you can’t win matches if you keep losing wickets regularly. Williamson also struggled to get going and soon departed.
Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma, who were the star performers in the SRH’s last match, failed on this occasion
Warner was the lonely hope for the team. He went to bring his highest score and first fifty of the tournament so far but that was not enough. After scoring 60 runs, he got out leaving 69 runs behind to win off 26 balls.
But after that, it was only a matter of time. The innings ended on 174-4 and MI go to the top of the table.
Trent Boult, James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets each with Krunal Pandya also picking up one.
Trent Boult was awarded the man of the match award for his two wickets for 28 runs. His two wickets included that of Jonny Bairstow and his national team captain, Kane Williamson.
Man of the Match: Trent Boult
Result: Mumbai Indians win by 34 runs
Points: Mumbai Indians 2, Sunrisers Hyderabad 0