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Mumbai Relegate Chennai to First Defeat, Hyderabad Roar to Top of Table

Mumbai Relegate Chennai to First Defeat, Hyderabad Roar to Top of Table Photo: TT
Hardik Pandya Won Mumbai their Match against Chennai

The Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs in Mumbai.

Chennai won the toss and, opting to field first, enjoyed early success when Quinton de Kock fell to the bowling of Deepak Chahar for 8. Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav put on 37 for the second wicket, but Rohit was out for 13, caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja, followed soon afterwards by Yuvraj Singh, caught off the spin of Imran Tahir.

Yadav and Krunal Pandya then shared a stand of 62 for the 4th wicket, which was broken when Pandya fell for 42, caught by Jadeja with Mohit Sharma the bowler this time. Yadav was the next man to fall, out top scoring with 59, succumbing to another catch by Jadeja with Dwayne Bravo the bowler. However, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard scored 45 off the last two overs, with Pandya hitting 25 off just 8 balls, including 3 sixes, as he finished 25 not out. Pollard, who hit 2 sixes of his own, was unbeaten on 17 and, together, they helped the home side close on 170 – 5.

The home side never recovered from a terrible start, losing both openers, Ambati Rayudu, and Shane Watson, off the first eight balls of their innings. Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav added 27, but Raina gave Jason Behrendorff a second wicket, leaving Jadhav to try and lead a recovery with his captain MS Dhoni. Dhoni though fell to the bowling of Hardik Pandya, who also picked up the wicket of Jadeja, as Mumbai slumped to 89 – 5.

Jadhav had been holding the innings together, scoring 58, including a six, but he fell to the bowling of Lasith Malinga, followed 4 balls later by Bravo, caught by de Kock. Hardik Pandya claimed his third wicket in the shape of Chahar. Shardul Thakar scored some late runs, but his side finished well short of their target. Hardik Pandya finished with 3 for 20, whilst Malinga’s figures were 3 for 34.

Hardik Pandya was named man of the match for his efforts with bat and ball.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets.

It was the Sunrisers who won the toss in Delhi and invited the home side to bat first. They claimed early success when Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled Prithvi Shaw for 1, and then picked up the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan for 12, caught off the bowling of Mohammad Nabi, who then had Risbabh Pant caught. Rahul Tewatia was the next man to fall, caught by Nabi of Sandeep Sharma, followed by Colin Ingram who fell victim to the bowling of Siddarth Kaul.

Shreyas Iyer had held the innings together, scoring 43, including a six, but he was then bowled by Rashid Khan for 43. Chris Morris scored 17, and Axar Patel fired a late 23 off just 13 balls, including 2 sixes, but the final Delhi total of 129 – 8 was a disappointing one.

In reply, Hyderabad got off to a fine start with Jonny Bairstow and David Warner put on 64 for the first wicket, before both fell in short order, Bairstow lbw to Tewatia for 48, including a six, and Warner caught off the bowling of Rabada. Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey added 27, but Pandey fell to Ishant Sharma for 10, and Shankar was caught by Iyer off Axar Patel for 16. Deepak Hooda the fell to the bowling of Sandeep Lamichhane, for 10, but Yusuf Pathan, who was unbeaten on 9, and Nabi with 17, saw their team through to victory with no further alarms.

Jonny Bairstow was named man of the match.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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