Kieron Pollard played a fantastic innings (66 off just 27 balls) to help Mumbai Indians continue with their winning run at home as they smashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets while chasing down the target of 179 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Monday. Sachin Tendulkar too played well for his 38 which gave the hosts a great launch-pad to go all guns blazing in the final overs.
Here we bring to you the hits and flops from the match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Kieron Pollard: Pollard played a sensational knock of 66 runs off just 27 balls. He smacked eight sixes and two fours in his knock and left the Sunrisers skipper Cameron White with no options.
Sachin Tendulkar: Tendulkar scored 38 runs off 31 balls and was looking in great touch. His knock reminded his fans of the old Sachin Tendulkar as he was smacking the ball all over the park. Unfortunately he got retired hurt during the 12th over.
Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan was looking in great touch as he played a blistering knock of 59 runs off just 41 balls. He smashed six fours and two sixes before he was dismissed by Mitchell Johnson.
Hanuma Vihari: Vihari once again played a sensible knock of 41 runs off 37 balls. He kept rotating the strikes with Dhawan and took calculated risks at times.
Dinesh Karthik: Karthik batted well and scored 30 runs off 23 balls and scored four fours in his innings. He read the situation really well and tried to steady the ship for Mumbai Indians with Tendulkar.
Karan Sharma: He bowled well in crunch situation and got a couple of wickets in his three overs. He ended up picking the wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu and gave away 22 runs.
Cameron White: White scored 43 runs off 23 balls as he smashed three fours and three sixes. He fired at the right time and made sure that his team reaches the stiff total of 178 in their 20 overs. He took the brilliant catch of Dinesh Karthik who was batting really well till then.
Lasith Malinga: Malinga bowled brilliantly and picked up couple of wickets and gave away just 26 runs in his four overs. He was a treat to watch in the death overs which restricted Sunrisers to less than 180.
Parthiv Patel: He didn’t bat for much time but his quick fire in the initial overs setup the game beautifully for SRH. He smashed 26 runs off just 14 balls and scored five crisp boundaries which put loads of pressure on Mitchell Johnson and Dhawal Kulkarni.
Thisara Perera: Perera was thrashed quite mercilessly by Pollard who hit him for five sixes and a four. He conceded total six sixes and three fours and turned out to be the worst bowler of the day as he finished ff with 0/55.
Mitchell Johnson: Johnson was no way near his best as he gave away 19 runs in his first over which made the mess of his bowling figures. After conceding seven fours and one six, he ended up with the figures of 1/43.
Amit Mishra: Mishra was once again rusty with the ball and paid the price quite heavily as he got smacked for 21 runs in his third over and it was Pollard who did the damage by hitting him for three sixes. He gave away 36 runs in his three overs which proved costly for Hyderabad.
Dhawal Kulkarni: Kulkarni was smacked for 42 runs in his four overs. He was bowling either short balls or length balls without much variation and as a result, he conceded five fours and two sixes.
Ishant Sharma: Sharma was again expensive with the ball. He gave away 32 runs in his four overs. Though he did pick up the wicket of Dwayne Smith, his bowling wasn’t good enough to put any pressure on Mumbai Indians.
Pragyan Ojha: Ojha went wicket-less in his spell of four overs and gave away 37 runs. He was bowling more with a flatter trajectory in the initial overs and got the treatment from Dhawan and Vihari for that.
By Amit Chopra
Indian Sports News Network