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MI broken but sunk: post 235/9 against SRH but fall far short of the winning margin needed to move on

They tried, and won by a margin of 42 runs, but in the end, it was always too far a bridge for Mumbai Indians, even to their shock and surprise, to cross. He posted an unusually low-scoring season’s highest score – 235/9 – but could not restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 65 or less, the play-off ceiling cut-off mark.

power player

For about an hour, Ishan Kishan spoke about the future of batting in T20. Maybe, how it will be in 2040, or well into 2030, battling with the faintest regard for get-your-eye-in fundamentals. He walked in, marked his guard, raised his spots and began to flaunt a torrent of leg-side strokes, followed by a display of sheer power. Like it’s PlayStation Cricket.

Behind the unrelenting aggression was clearly desperation – Mumbai needed no miracle. And Kishan seemed to be that miracle worker. He gave up boundaries and hope, catching the keeper for 84 runs off 32 balls until he died.

He faced the first ball, he knelt on one knee and patted Mohammad Nabiq At deep mid wicket. This was the trailer of the action thriller which was to be shown in Abu Dhabi. In the next over, Siddharth Kaul was dismissed for four consecutive fours. He did not spare anyone in such a mood of unbridled violence. The prophet, neither turning the turn nor finding the appropriate length, was too involved for a brace of boundaries. Then came Jason Holder with his trundlers—his first over was 22 runs, 16 of which came from Kishan’s thundering willow, the last of three fours to go with a slogged-six, his own in just 16 balls. Fastest to score a fifty in this year’s IPL

Together, he and Rohit Sharma scored 78 runs in five overs, and even though Rashid Khan Sharma, MI had attacked at 83/1 in six overs. Kishan didn’t even spare the nipple Umran Malik or Rashid Khan. It was pure leg-side carnage.

touch player

His lean runs under scrutiny, Suryakumar Yadav delivered an amazing knock, combining power and sophistication, to revive his form as well as MI to an unbeatable total. It was a throwback to last season, when he couldn’t play the out-of-pitch tune even though he wanted to. He hardly looked like a man on a lean patch – he pulled the first ball deliciously for a boundary, though Jason was to blame for Holder’s clumsy fielding boundary. More vigorous, however, was the paddle-scooped four from Kaul.

The strokes were enough to calm Yadav down and maintain the deafening pace provided by Kishan. There was some drop in the run-rate – from 15 when Kishan was batting on 12 when MI lost Kieron Pollard and Jimmy Neesham Close Abhishek Sharmaconsecutive balls. But Yadav soon triggered a cyclone that blew away the SRH bowlers. Then he scored 16 runs in 12 balls. Before he was caught on the helmet by Malik off the last ball of the 19th over, he scored 82 off 35 balls, i.e. 62 off 23 balls.

Unlike Kishan, she doesn’t have too many priorities. When in the mood, he could hit the ball wherever he wanted. His six off a nearly wide yorker from Holder was the most incredible. Yadav foresaw and swung around, the holder widened, Yadav became even wider and shoved it over his head. In the next over, he reverse-pedaled Malik in the form of his first hat-trick of fours, just before pinging Malik’s helmet. In between were the classical cover drives and flicks. After the blow, however, Yadav himself was not enough and went in the last over.

elusive miracle

For all the elites in their stables, those with an SRH below 65 were always bound to have an elusive jackpot. As fate had it, or perhaps there was inhuman pressure on their shoulders, they stumbled in the starting block. It started with Jason Roy hitting Jasprit Bumrah, 26 runs in his first two overs. Trent Boult Failed to turn the ball back to the right hand while Piyush Chawla was given a wrong advice to bowl the third over, a strategic wrong move, his over was 16 runs. Abhishek Sharma caught Nathan Coulter-Nile as SRH posted 60/0 in five overs. By the time the bowlers recovered, the playoff spot had sunk beyond the horizon.

However, there is good news for Team India that its two underfire batsmen have made a comeback at the right time.

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