Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their first 3 matches in an Indian Premier League season for the first time as they failed to chase 151 against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Match 9 of IPL 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Sunrisers have never won a match in Chennai as they slipped to their 6th defeat at the iconic venue.
Sunrisers Hyderabad were bowled out for 137 in 19.4 overs after Jasprit Bumrah (1/14) and Trent Boult (3/28) came up with a death-bowling masterclass. Mumbai Indians rode on Rahul Chahar’s brilliance in the middle-overs as the young leg-spinner picked up 3 wickets for just 19 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad raced to a strong start after David Warner reunited with Jonny Bairstow after the former champions made 4 changes to their XI. The duo added 67 in just 7.2 overs but Krunal Pandya broke the stand after a freak dismissal of Bairstow (22-ball 43).
Mumbai Indians were electric on the field as Hardik Pandya got the big wicket of Warner (34-ball 36) with a direct hit.
From then on, Sunrisers Hyderabad kept imploding as their inexperienced middle-order was put to test against a high-quality Mumbai Indians attack. Vijay Shankar (25-ball 28) waged a lone battle in the end but it proved too much for the all-rounder who faced Bumrah and Boult at the death overs.
Death-bowling masterclass from Boult and Bumrah
Manish Pandey (2), newcomer Virat Singh (11), Abdul Samad (7) and Abhishek Sharma (2) failed to step up as the Mumbai bowlers ran through the Sunrisers middle-order.
SRH needed just 30 runs in the last 5 overs but they managed just 17 runs in the last 28 balls, thanks to Boult and Bumrah who gave nothing away in the last 4.
Kieron Pollard special lifts Mumbai to 150
Earlier in the day, a finishing masterclass from Kieron Pollard helped Mumbai Indians post a par total of 150. Pollard was promoted ahead of the Pandya brothers and the West Indies captain made sure he did the job with a 22-ball 35 not out.
Kieron Pollard was dropped when he was batting on 18 in the penultimate over of Mumbai Indians’ innings by Vijay Shankar, who had earlier shone with the ball. And Pollard made the Sunrisers pay for the mistake by clobbering two sixes against Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the final over.
Mumbai Indians were reeling at 101 for 3 at the end of 15 overs after losing Rohit Sharma (25-ball 32) and Quinton de Kock (39-ball 40) in quick succession. Rohit and de Kock added 55 for the opening stand as they took the attack to the Sunrisers new-ball bowlers, taking as many as 53 runs in the powerplay.
Rohit hit 2 sixes and broke the Indian record held by MS Dhoni for the most number of sixes in the IPL but he failed to carry on. De Kock played the anchor’s role but he fell in the 14th over to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who was playing his first match in Sunrisers colours.
None of the other batsmen, including Suryakumar Yadav (10), Ishan Kishan (21-ball 12), were able to get going as the Chepauk pitch became slower and slower as the innings progressed. Howver, Pollard came up with a calculated assault, hitting 3 sixes to push the Mumbai total to 150.