Sunrisers Hyderabad! The most dramatic team in this year’s IPL. After losing their first two matches by a considerable margin, SRH bounced back with five straight wins. Then Karma took over. SRH lost their next five games on a trot. Playoff hopes were all but over for the Orange Army. Then stood a determined Rahul Tripathi, who vowed to not give up until it was all over. Facing a wild Mumbai Indians side, Hyderabad registered their first win in the last six games. Look at the 5 points that broke the balance between both sides as SRH won by three runs.
5. Ramandeep’s clinical 18th over
Sunrisers were 173/3 in 17 overs when Ramandeep Singh was given the ball. The medium-pacer wasn’t an exactly reliable option, but Rohit had to preserve that Jasprit Bumrah over till the last. Not much was expected from the batting all-rounder, but Ramandeep did the unthinkable. In the 18th over, Ramandeep bowled in 6 balls. Okay, that’s not surprising, but those 6 balls consisted of 2 singles, 2 dot balls and 2 WICKETS!! The Punjab lad removed the in-form Tripathi and a dangerous Aiden Markram, turning the tide to Mumbai’s favour. SRH scored just 18 runs in the next 12 balls after Ramandeep’s shock.
4. Mumbai’s strong opening stand
Chasing a humongous 194 on the Wankhede is never an easy task. Rohit Sharma knows this fact very well. He and his opening partner Ishan Kishan batted sensibly while maintaining a reasonable run rate. While the Afghani youngster Fazalhaq Farooqi troubled both the openers, Rohit balanced those miserly overs by taking Natarajan on a fun ride. The ‘Yorker King’ was utterly destroyed by the ‘Hitman’. Mumbai eventually set up a solid 95-run stand for the first wicket after Rohit Sharma miscued a short ball to Jagadeesha Suchith in the 11th over. Ishan Kishan followed his skipper back to the dugout after being trapped by Umran Malik’s pace and giving away an easy catch to Priyam Garg in the following over.
3. Rahul Tripathi’s iconic knock
If there was someone who absolutely stood out in this match, it was Rahul Tripathi. The dashing right-hander took Mumbai’s attack to the cleaners. Tripathi took no time to settle and started attacking from the very first ball. He slowly got into the flow and, at one point, became invincible. Rohit brought in Bumrah for damage control, but Tripathi smashed Bumrah to the leg-side with ease. Tripathi never put a wrong for the entire match and dominated the whole proceedings till the time he was on the crease. One thing was clear from this match. When Tripathi is in the flow, he can be the most dangerous batsman out there. Tripathi formed explosive partnerships with Priyam Garg and Nicholas Pooran, as Sunrisers Hyderabad steered through the middle overs.
2. Tim David’s pyrotechnics
What better to spice up things a little than a slogger after decent batting displays? After respectable performances by Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, Hyderabad’s pacers were taking the match away from the MI. Tim David offered resistance by hitting Natarajan for two consecutive fours in the 16th over. He then went bonkers in the 18th over, smashing 4 sixes to the Tamil-Nadu pacer. Natarajan managed to run the Singaporean out in his last ball, but the slogger had done the required damage. He dominantly put the momentum in Mumbai’s hand.
1. Bhuvi’s dominating 19th over!
After Tim David’s heroics, Mumbai needed just 19 runs in 12 balls. What struck them next was a bowling masterclass! It won’t be an understatement that fans saw a vintage Bhuvneshwar Kumar snatching the match away from the hands of Mumbai Indians. It was one of the most dominating displays of bowling as Bhuvi picked up a wicket maiden in the 19th over of the second innings! A wicket maiden itself is rare in T20s, let alone one in the death overs. Bhuvi executed his yorkers with precision and controlled the swing like the prodigy he is. He picked up the wicket of Sanjay Yadav and kept Jasprit Bumrah silent for the successive 4 balls, with just yorkers. Jasprit had a taste of his medicine for the first time in a while. While Tripathi bagged the award for MOM, Bhuvneshwar was the real game-changer, completely dominating Mumbai in the penultimate over of the match.
Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to see another day thanks to a free-flowing knock by Rahul Tripathi, who was supported by Priyam Garg and Nicholas Pooran, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umran Malik took the game away from Mumbai. Stay Tuned with The Sportsway for more such updates.