IPL 2018: A Fantastic Second Half for Us, But We are Still to Put a Collective Performance Together – Kane Williamson
After a below-par performance by their batsmen, it was up to their bowlers to deliver the goods for Hyderabad, and they did that it style. It was an extraordinary bowling performance by Hyderabad which helped them defend their score of 119 in style.
It was Mumbai Indians skipper, Rohit Sharma who won the toss and elected to bowl. Shikhar Dhawan made a return to the playing XI. Kane Williamson opened the innings with Dhawan. It was the skipper who got off to a solid start by smashing a couple of boundaries of the very first over of Jasprit Bumrah. However, his partner Shikhar Dhawan was castled by a well-directed inswinger by Mitchell McClenaghan.
The left-arm pacer also bagged the wicket Wriddhiman Saha in the same over. Manish Pandey began with a couple of exquisite shots but was dismissed by Hardik Pandya while going for a big expansive shot over the extra cover region. It was Rohit Sharma who completed a straightforward catch. The 4th wicket fell in quick time, as Suryakumar Yadav effected a terrific run out to send back Shakib to the pavilion.
However, young leggie Mayank Markande bowled a sensational delivery which breached through his defence and disturbed his timbers.
He also castled Basil Thampi with a brilliant wrong-un. The Mumbai Indians eventually managed to restrict them to below par score of 118. They failed to play out their full 20 overs and was skittled out in the 19th over.
Mumbai Indians were never in the chase. They kept losing wickets on a consistent basis which never really allowed them to make a comeback. Despite chasing a pretty small total, they ended up losing the encounter by 31 runs.
Evin Lewis was dismissed by Sandeep Sharma in the 3rd over of the innings. The southpaw was finding it difficult to cope with the moving delivery. He eventually gave away a straightforward catch to the short cover fielder. Ishan Kishan headed back to the pavilion without bothering the scorers. It was Mohammed Nabi who bagged the wicket of Kishan. Skipper Rohit Sharma was also dismissed early, as Shakib Al Hasan was the wicket-taker.
It was a well-flighted delivery and was well taken by the slip fielder. Krunal Pandya struck some wonderful shots during his knock of 24 off 20 deliveries.
However, the partnership of 40 came to an end when Rashid Khan struck him plumb in front with quick delivery. The leggie also bagged the wicket of Kieron Pollard in quick time.
From there on it was a horrendous performance by Mumbai. They kept losing wickets and failed to make the required runs. Siddharth Kaul bowled a terrific spell and bagged three crucial wickets which eventually ended Mumbai’s resistance. Hardik Pandya played 19 balls for his three and couldn’t quite continue the momentum. In the end, Kaul finished with figures of 3/23 in his four overs.
Following their victory here is what winning skipper Willamson said at the post-match presentation
“Clearly a tough surface. Without a doubt, we were expecting a lot more from our batsmen. Perhaps we could have gotten to 140-mark, but turns out 120 looked good enough on this track. It is good fun. T20 obviously so much is happening so quickly, but the guys were outstanding today. A fantastic second half for us, but we are still to put a collective performance together. There is depth in our squad which is important and we saw that today. A number of injuries and number of changes, a different balance. We held our heads high and at the same time, the best part is how well the guys performed in the second half of the game.”
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