Mumbai Indians were able to post a mammoth 208 runs on the board against Sunrisers Hyderabad with some solid hitting in the death overs by Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal.
All the three all-rounders contributed well with the bat at the death over, which helps MI to reach 200 runs mark. Pollard remains unbeaten on 25 off 13 balls, Hardik chipping in with 28 off 19 and Krunal hammering 20 off four balls.
MI has been destructive with the bat in the lower order. The hard hitter Pollard, who has been with the franchise since the 2010 edition of the IPL, and the Pandya brothers are the engine of the MI car that will go off well when the perfect fuel is injected.
“We look at us (him and Pandya brothers) as the engine room in the car,” said Kieron Pollard. Without the engine, MI can’t move. “We need to go there, put the speed on and up the run rate, some days it will happen some days it won’t, but when it gets off, we have to make sure we make it count,” Pollard further said.
Despite David Warner‘s half-century, SRH unable to chase the hug score of MI and lost the target by some margin. However, SRH’s batting crumbled under the pressure of a steep asking rate.
At the post-match presentation, David Warner said two experienced bowlers bowled well in the middle overs. However, the wicket during the day is a little bit slower, and it was holding up a fraction, which made it difficult to bat.
“Obviously, 209 on the board, we tried to go ten an over, but we couldn’t get a partnership strung together long enough,” said Warner. There are lots of things to work on for winning the game. The bowlers gave probably seven or eight full tosses towards the back end.
From the execution point of view, we didn’t nail that, that’s why lost the game said, Warner.
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