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IPL 2021: Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav boost Mumbai Indians’ playoff hopes

Abu Dhabi: Fifties from Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav helped defending champions Mumbai Indians post a mammoth 235 for nine against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their crucial IPL match on Friday. MI not only need to win the match, they need to beat SRH by 171 runs or more to leave Kolkata Knight Riders behind in the race for the fourth and final play-off spot.

MI needed a miracle and the script turned out in their favour, at least in the first innings, when they opted to bat and posted a huge total. With the word go, Kishan found the fence at will and scored his 84 runs in just 32 balls. Yadav played an innings of 82 runs in 40 balls in which he hit 13 fours and three sixes.

MI’s opener – Kishan and skipper Rohit Sharma (18 off 13) meant business and showed intent from the start. Kishan, in particular, was in a belligerent mood as he went hammer and tongs and did not spare a single SRH bowler to score his half-century in just 16 balls, which was the fastest half-century of the season.

It was raining fours and sixes in every over for Kishan as MI scored 78 runs in the first five overs. The dangerous partnership between the openers was broken by Rashid Khan in the sixth over when he inspired a top-edge to Rohit, which was brilliantly caught by Mohammad Nabi running backwards.

But Kishan was in a relentless mood as he continued to use his long handle very well and put immense pressure on SRH’s attack. It looked like child’s play for Kishan as he thumped Rashid over deep midwicket to complete the team’s 100 in 7.1 overs.

Kishan was finally out in the 10th over when he dismissed Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps off Umran Malik.

After Kishan’s dismissal, SRH pulled things back due to some smart captaincy from Manish Pandey, who ruled out Kane Williamson with an elbow injury. A courageous Pandey brought young left-arm spinner Abhishek Sharma into the attack in the 13th over and the bowler took the hat off Kieron Pollard (12) and Jimmy Neesham in the last two balls of the over, reiterating his captain’s confidence – Cheat.

Yadav, who was not at his best in the second leg so far, rose to the occasion when it mattered and took the responsibility of guiding MI’s innings after Kishan’s dismissal. He kept the scoreboard ticking with his trademark cricketing shots, the most notable among them being a high hit on the head by pacer Siddharth Kaul to bring up his fifty in 24 balls.

58 runs came for MI in the last five overs, during which Yadav was at his attacking best.

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