MI Bow Out Despite Kishan, Suryakumar Pyrotechnics

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MI Bow Out Despite Kishan, Suryakumar PyrotechnicsIshan Kishan's explosive start set up MI's 235/9

In their last game of the season – and before the big auctions for the next season – Mumbai Indians bowed out with an entertaining fight, despite beating SRH by 42 runs. They arrived into the contest needing a miraculous performance, and got half of it via Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav's incredible shot-making to end with the highest total of IPL 2021. But their NRR battle with fellow-fourth spot aspirant KKR proved to be a bridge too far for them.

What did MI need to beat KKR's NRR?

An unthinkable 171-run victory, which meant they had to bat first and throw themselves at every delivery to get a total well beyond 200 to even stand a chance. Rohit Sharma said the numbers in front of them were scary, but crossed the first hurdle by winning the toss and batting first.

So they took a real stab at it?

Very much.

Ishan Kishan started the carnage with four fours off Sidharth Kaul in the second over, and didn't spare any of Manish Pandey's other PowerPlay bowling options. A 22-run over from Jason Holder and 15 off the young and impressive Umran Malik took MI to 83/1 in 6 overs – the highest PowerPlay score of the season. It was made possible by a bludgeoning hand that Kishan played – getting to a 16-ball half-century and carrying forward his murderous intent on the night.

Post-powerplay graph was similar?

Again, very much.

Umran Malik had two good outings, turning heads with his pace in the late 140s and even early 150s, supported well by impressive lines. But on a flat Abu Dhabi strip, he bore the brunt of Kishan's exuberant ways, who even saw through the tyro's change of pace and carted him for a six. As Pandey changed his bowlers around, there was no immediate solution in sight. Even Rashid Khan was not spared the blushes, as Hardik Pandya walked out at #3 and tonked him for a six in his first over.

How then did they endure a blip?

Hardik fell in the ninth over to Holder, and Malik saw the back of Kishan in the 10th – to end the MI opener's scintillating knock of 84 from just 32 deliveries that included 11 fours and 4 sixes. MI added just 27 runs between the 9th and the 13th over and were five down, going a little off-track from their endeavour to score well in excess of 200. But then came…

…the Suryakumar-fuelled revival

The MI batsman hasn't been himself this season but shrugged that off with ease. He picked up pace after a double-wicket over from Abhishek Sharma in the 13th, and got going soon against Kaul in the following over. It was amply evident that he'd well and truly rekindled his old, menacing touch when he stretched across and slog swept Rashid for a big six in the 16th over. He followed up Kishan's top-half act with a 24-ball half century of his own. MI's death-overs batting made up for their mini-stutter through the middle as they added 58 runs off the last 30 deliveries. Suryakumar finished with 82 off 40 – with 13 fours and 3 sixes – powering the side to an entertaining 235/9, which meant they needed to bowl out SRH for 65 or lower.

How long did MI's hopes last with the ball?

Even with that batting performance, MI were clutching at straws considering they had to bundle out SRH for such a small score on a batting belter. Those hopes were quickly wiped out when Jason Roy managed to go after two Jasprit Bumran overs in the PowerPlay. MI's season was officially over at 5.5 when SRH scored the 66th run of the chase.

Did SRH keep the tempo up even after MI were knocked out?

Though Roy fell just before getting his team past 65, Abhishek Sharma – in his second game as an opener – was intent on keeping SRH on track in chase. He matched Roy shot for shot in the first six overs, and showed gumption to do it after as well, but mistimed an innocuous James Neesham delivery, hitting it straight to Nathan Coulter-Nile in the deep. Though Manish Pandey started well in his game back, SRH stuttered as Mohammad Nabi and Abdul Samad fell, taking the team to 105 for 4 in 10 overs.

Was there a chase-reviving stand?

Not entirely. Pandey and Priyam Garg attempted it, smashing 56 off 36 balls to keep the team alive. Even with SRH needing 80 off 30 balls, the game seemed in the balance considering how the entire evening had shaped up for stroke-making.

Then what happened?

The real Bumrah showed up. He took out Garg with a slower ball first up in the 16th over to nip the chase in the bud. With the asking rate climbing to nearly 18, the only way out for SRH was to take risks. Jason Holder, Rashid Khan and Wriddhiman Saha fell trying to do that and SRH's chase quickly went downhill from there. Pandey got an unbeaten 69 but MI walked away with a 42-run victory.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 235/9 in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 84, Suryakumar Yadav 82; Jason Holder 4-52, Rashid Khan 2-40) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 193/8 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey 69*, Jason Roy 34; James Neesham 2-28, Jasprit Bumrah 2-39) by 42 runs

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