SRH vs MI: What experts said as Hyderabad punish Mumbai to march into playoffs
4 Nov 2020
It was a special act on the part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad openers in Wriddhiman Saha and captain David Warner, who put on an unbeaten partnership of 153 runs to see their team home by 10 wickets in Sharjah against the Mumbai Indians, in the process knocking out Kolkata Knight Riders who were harbouring hopes of making it to the playoffs, if Hyderabad lost.
This is the second time in a row that Kolkata had to miss out on a playoffs berth of the Indian Premier League because of the Sunrisers, with the Orange brigade qualifying on the basis of net run rate.
Earlier in the day, Sunrisers’ bowlers choked the Mumbai Indians batting, stopping them at just 149 in the 20 overs. Shahbaz Nadeem and Jason Holder along with Sandeep Sharma were the architects in chief in Hyderabad's mission of containing the Rohit Sharma led batting line-up. On that note, let’s look at the Hits and Flops from the game.
The Sunrisers captain was on the money in this game as he not only built a strong and unbeaten partnership along with Saha but batted at a strike rate that people generally associate with him. He also rotated his bowlers very well while in the field. With this knock of 85*, he also reached the 500 run mark in this season, carrying on from the last one.
Scoring 85 off just 58 balls, Warner hit 10 fours and one six and did not give any opportunity whatsoever for the bowlers to get his wicket. Finishing the match was something that has been on his mind ever since the SRH were robbed of two points by Kings XI as Warner had failed to finish it.
Nadeem was excellent as he made the best of the opportunity that he got and took two quick wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya. He was economical as well and played a perfect role in keeping things tight.
In his four overs, the Jharkhand lad gave away just 19 runs at less than 5 an over. This was the first big performance of the left-arm orthodox spinner as before that, he had not been able to pick more than one wicket in this entire season. For his role of containment of runs and still being able to pick two crucial wickets, Nadeem was also rewarded with the Man of the Match award.
Since the time Saha has taken the place of Jonny Bairstow, not only the team balance has improved but the Sunrisers are now also able to play a proper foreign all-rounder in Jason Holder as well. And Saha has not merely taken Bairstow’s place but in spirit has delivered as well.
The Siliguri born showcased his range of shots in this game as well, hitting a brilliant 58* off 45 balls. In the partnership with Warner, Saha was initially the aggressor taking pressure off his captain and this is the role that has made him the automatic choice in the 11. In the last three games, all of which the Sunrisers has gone on to win; it was Saha who has played the anchor roles, aggressively and quite well too.
Coming back from the hamstring injury, it wasn’t easy for Hitman to start scoring from the word go. He couldn’t middle the ball and while trying to hit one over mid-off, got caught by his opposition captain David Warner. Rohit could only score four runs off seven balls.
Moreover, as he said in the presentation ceremony, it was a match that he and his team would like to forget as soon as possible and maintain their usual standards of performance that have made them an unputdownable unit in IPL 2020.
The senior of the Pandya brothers hasn’t really fired in this year’s league, although he has remained the part of the team’s playing XI in all the matches, (god knows why?). Krunal in the last 10 matches has scored only 95 runs with a dismal average of 9.5.
The Baroda born hasn’t even been able to cross the single-digit mark on five occasion s in his last 10 innings. His struggle with the bat continued on Tuesday as well after he marched out of the ground on a duck as well.
However, his bowling isn’t much promising either. The 29-year-old has gone wicketless in his last seven innings, including this one. In fact, in this entire season, Krunal has picked up just three scalps.
For Mumbai, it was an eye-opener and they must open their eyes before being robbed by Delhi in the first qualifier. Hyderabad on the other hand would go in as the favourites against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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