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Mumbai Indians players have struck form at the right time whereas the return of Yuvraj Singh in the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp has made the team stronger. Both teams are in the middle of the league table with SRH on 4th and MI on the 5th spot in the league table with 10 points each.
Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to field, which has by far been the tradition of this IPL. Warner and Dhawan started well as they put up a stand of 85 runs for the first wicket in 10 overs. After getting Warner, Harbhajan Singh quickly picked up the wicket of Williamson. A good cameo from Yuvraj Singh and a great innings of 57 balls 82 and led the team score to 177 in 20 overs.
SRH probably have the best bowling unit in the tournament right now and they proved rightly so. Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the early breakthrough as he picked Parthiv Patel in the last ball of the first over and Ashish Nehra got Rohit in the first ball of the next over. Putting MI in all sorts of trouble, right from the word go. It didn’t stop there as all 5 bowlers of SRH wreaked havoc on the Vizag pitch and MI batsman had no answer to it. SRH won the match by 85 runs and reached the top of the table.
Here’s a list of interesting numbers and stats from this match –
Powerplay Hitter – Warner has scored 257 runs in the powerplay so far, highest by any player in this IPL season. On the second position is Ajinkya Rahane with 179 runs.
Purple Cap for McClenaghan – McClenaghan has 14 wickets to his name now and holds the Purple Cap. Probably the only good thing for MI in this match.
6th Hit Wicket of IPL – Yuvraj Singh was out hit wicket in this match. He is the 6th player in the history of IPL to get out by hit wicket.
Half the team for lowest total – MI lost their half the side (5 wickets) for just 30 runs. This is the 6th lowest total for which the batting team has lost half their side.
Most wickets lost in the first 10 overs – Mumbai Indians lost 7 wickets in the first 10 overs. This is the second most number of wickets a team has lost in the first 10 in IPL. Most were 8 by Kings XI Punjab against RCB in the previous season.
Unlucky 92 – This is the third time Mumbai Indians have been all-out for 92 runs in IPL. Previous two occasions were in 2012 and 2013.
Strike Bowlers – Both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman have 13 wickets each to their name in this IPL. While Bhuvi provides the early break-through, Rahman takes care of the death overs. Perfect combination for SRH.