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By Dhiraj | Apr 06, 2019 11:44 PM

The Sunrisers Hyderabad, after winning the toss decided to field first.

Pollard and Joseph help Mumbai win against SRH

Right from the first ball, you could see the slowness in the pitch and that bowlers were going to dominate. Rohit Sharma was the first to get out as he was trying to hit the ball out of the park. It started a slide as none of the Mumbai Indians batsman were able to get going on that pitch. The Spinners dominated with Mohammad Nabi finishing with figures of 13 runs in 4 overs and also picking up one wicket. After getting Mumbai to 97/7 in 18 overs, SRH really had a chance to wrap things up quickly. But Rashid Khan dropped Pollard and that drop catch really changed the match. He then went on to smash Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting to 46 from just 26 balls and taking the Mumbai Indians to a respectable total of 136 on that pitch.

Coming out to chase, Warner and Bairstow got off to a good start, but both Warner and Bairstow fell one after the other when the score was 33. This exposed the untested middle order of SRH who were not able to carry the team forward. They just kept losing wickets regularly and as expected, spinners played a good role with Rahul Chahar bowling well. But, Debutant Alzarri Joseph really surprised everyone with getting the best bowling figures in the history of IPL. He finished with 6 wickets for 12 runs and with that wrapped up SRH for 96 runs.

Looking back, SRH will look at the dropped catch at the end of the innings and the way they bowled after that. There is also a concern with the middle order of SRH which they will have to fix. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will feel very confident, the way they came back but they will need Rohit Sharma to fire sooner rather than later.