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Cricket news - Alzarri Joseph dazzles on debut to sink Sunrisers Hyderabad
Rohit Sharma was unperturbed after being put in to bat by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the start of the game. "I would have batted first anyways. Just a different strategy and we worked out what these guys [Sunrisers Hyderabad] like to do here," he declared. That comfort though turned out to be short-lived, at least it appeared so after Mumbai Indians suffered a stunning collapse on a pitch that was helping the bowlers. Except, their collapse was outdone by Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were jolted by an Alzarri Joseph special on debut. The young Antiguan claimed an IPL record 6 for 12 to give Mumbai a 40-run win.
Where did Mumbai Indians go wrong with the bat?
Perhaps by aiming too high, too early. Their first three wickets - Rohit (11), Suryakumar Yadav (7), Quinton de Kock (19) - were all out trying to put the bowler off. The tone was set by the skipper himself. Against Bhuvneshwar, he tried to scoop but hit himself, tried to hoick and saw a catch being put down but carried on in the same vein. Mohammad Nabi though had him caught to mid wicket to give SRH a breakthrough early. Yadav followed him soon after, trying to sweep Sandeep Sharma and was trapped LBW. The rest of the innings meandered along without a semblance of momentum as Mumbai lost wickets to spin and pace alike along with a run out. Nabi and Rashid combined to give away just 40 runs in their 8 overs.
Then how did they get to 136?
It looked highly unlikely right until the 18th over, when Mumbai had slipped to 97/7. Their last big batting hope, Kieron Pollard, who had been dropped once earlier still remained. And he chose the right shots in the final couple of overs against Siddarth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar to give Mumbai a big boost. His first 13 balls had yielded only 9 runs, but Pollard managed to keep all of the strike in the final couple of overs to take out 37 and giving his bowlers something to work with.
Still a gettable target right?
Definitely, yes. The pitch was gripping and turning, there was some bounce for the pacers but SRH had David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. The pair that was never separated before in the powerplays this season. Surely, this was not beyond their reach. Unfortunately for SRH, Rohit and Mumbai had some plans for the duo. Jonny Bairstow, for all his success, had some chinks after being dismissed by legspin in every innings. Rohit threw the ball to leggie Rahul Chahar inside the powerplay, and with his first ball to Bairstow, the youngster struck. Given a little width, Bairstow's attempted loft ended up as an edge to short third man. But Warner was not someone to give the opposition a sniff. He tried to go extra hard against IPL debutant, Alzarri Joseph (who replaced Lasith Malinga) and ended up dragging the ball onto the stumps. In the space of four balls, inside the powerplay, SRH had lost their batting mainstays.
The Alzarri dazzle
SRH, in the absence of Kane Williamson, looked shorn of experience after the duo's exit. Vijay Shankar, on whom they rested a lot of hope, played a weak pull against Joseph and top edged a catch to point. Manish Pandey, played into the hands (quite literally) of Rohit Sharma who had positioned himself at a straightish midwicket. When Chahar had Yusuf Pathan caught sweeping, SRH had collapsed dramatically to 62 for 5. SRH still had a lower order that could threaten the target but the strapping Joseph ensured there was no such drama. Keeping it short and quick, or full and on the stumps, Joseph bagged Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar to send SRH towards a quick demise. He finished off the formalities when Kaul nicked behind, to finish with 6 for 12 - the best bowling figures of all time in the IPL! Talk about a debut to remember.
Where they go next?
Sunrisers Hyderabad will have just a day between to figure out their batting problems as they travel to Mohali to face Kings XI Punjab. Mumbai Indians have a small three-day break before they face Kings XI again, at home.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 136/7 (Kieron Pollard 46*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 96 all out (Deepak Hooda 20; Alzarri Jospeh 6-12) by 40 runs.
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