Sharjah: One of the smallest stadiums in UAE, SCS(Sharjah Cricket Stadium) hosted yet another run-fest as SRH faced MI here on Sunday afternoon. Riding on QDK’s half-century and Pollard-Pandya unreal finish, MI posted a par(at Sharjah) score of 208 on the scoreboard. In reply, Warner fought his way but lack of contributions from his team meant that SRH managed only 174 in their quota of 20 overs and lost by 34 runs.
QDK finds his form with a 67 run knock
Rohit won the toss and chose to bat first with no second thought. Rohit and QDK walked planning to post a big total but Sandeep had the first smell as he removed Rohit in the very first over of the match. Even Surya Kumar Yadav was dismissed inside the powerplay but he scored 27 runs with the help of 6 fours in his 18 ball stay.
New batsman Ishan and QDK joined hands and made sure that their RR doesn’t fall but at the same time, they couldn’t really up the ante with power hitting. QDK and Ishan were removed in successive overs by Rashid and Sandeep respectively which means that the Pollard-Pandya pair had the license to go in the slog overs.
They had 5 overs under their belt and they did their part by scoring 61 runs in the last 30. Pollard and Pandya had 5 sixers between them along with 2 fours by Pandya in the last 5 overs. This might not match the reputation of Sharjah but considering the SRH bowling line up, this is a decent score.
Rashid Khan was very economic with the ball as he conceded just 22 runs in his 4 overs and also picked the wicket of well-set QDK. But his efforts were ruined as Kaul leaked runs at an economy of 16. Mumbai Indians posted 208 runs on the board for SRH to chase.
Warner(60) – Lone warrior for SRH fails to take his team across the winning line
From the very first ball, SRH had to strike at 10+ runs in every over in order to take down MI’s 208. Bairstow(25) gave SRH a flying start to his team but Boult had the last laugh as he removed the former with a catch off H Pandya.
SRH’s dependable No.3 Manish(30) struck the ball well throughout his innings but he was given 2 life two times which he couldn’t capitalize on to build a big score as Pattinson got better off him in the 10th over. Their scorecard read 94/2 after 10 overs and the game was evenly poised with SRH needing 115 runs off the final 10. KW joined well set Warner but their partnership didn’t last long as Williamson was foxed by Boult in 13th over. Youngster Garg didn’t stand up to the occasion as K Pandya removed him for just 8 runs. With RRR mounting up, the pressure was building upon Warner and he succumbed to it in the 16th over as Pattinson removed him with a full ball outside off. Ishan took a couple of stunners to remove Garg and Warner.
After Warner’s dismissal, SRH had very slim chances as Abhishek and Samad were up against the likes of Bumrah and Boult to take down 60+ runs from the final 4. Bumrah has cleaned up Abhishek with a perfect yorker on middle stump and Pollard followed it up by conceding just 1 run off the final over. Thus, SRH managed just 174 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and MI won their 3rd match of the tournament by a margin of 35 runs.
- MI became the first team to concede less than 200 runs at Sharjah in the current edition of IPL
- Rashid Khan is the first bowler with an economy of less than 6(among the bowlers who completed their full quota i.e. 4 overs) at Sharjah in IPL-13
- KL Rahul and Y Chahal hold Orange and Purple Caps respectively
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