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Mumbai Indians cruise to 34-run win over SunRisers Hyderabad
Sharjah, October 4, 2020
Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday coasted to a 34-run win over SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a target of 209, SRH were limited to 174/7 by MI's bowling lineup. This is the first time this season that a team has not been able to score more than 200 runs in Sharjah.
SRH kept losing wickets but captain David Warner kept them in the chase for much of the innings. Their pace fell off however after Trent Boult dismissed his New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in the 13th over.
Warner soon fell on 60 off 44 balls in the 16th over by which time the required run rate had gone beyond 16 an over for SRH.
It came down to SRH needing 37 to win from the last over in which Pollard gave away just one run.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock's 67 and Krunal Pandya's last-over carnage helped MI. MI's lower middle order of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Krunal added a combined 61 runs for the fifth and sixth wickets in the last five overs.
Krunal ended the innings with a six, consecutive fours and another six off the last over which started with Siddharth Kaul taking the wicket of Hardik.
MI captain Rohit Sharma was dismissed caught behind in the very first over of the match off Sandeep Sharma after hitting a six. His opening partner de Kock, who had failed to make a significant impact on a game before Sunday, anchored the innings for the first 10 overs. He put up 42 runs for the second wicket with Suryakumar Yadav before scoring 78 runs for the third with Ishan Kishan.
de Kock was dismissed by Rashid Khan after which Pollard and Hardik went about trying to get MI close to the 200-run mark. Krunal's last over heroics pushed them over that line.
However, this remains the lowest first innings total that has been scored this season in Sharjah and the second lowest ever at the ground.
Brief scores: MI 208/5 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 67, Ishan Kishan 31; Sandeep Sharma 2/41) vs SRH 174/7 in 20 overs (David Warner 60, Manish Pandey 30; Trent Boult 2/28)