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Alzarri Joseph’s Terrific Six-Wicket Haul Guides MI To Third Win

After a flurry of runs being run scored in the first few games, the crowd seated at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad witnessed its first low-scoring expedition. The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) handed a phenomenal 40-run defeat to hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 19th match of IPL 2019. The SRH bowlers displayed amazing combined effort to rattle the MI batsmen upfront, after which Kieron Pollard took his team to some sort of respite. He smashed an explosive unbeaten cameo knock to push MI towards a respectable first innings score. The run-chase was all about Mumbai Indians’ newest recruit, young Caribbean fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph, who bowled a magnificent spell to claim a dazzling six-wicket haul and in turn powered MI towards a brilliant victory.

Pollard’s stunning finish propels MI to a respectable total

After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, the visiting Mumbai team got off to a horrible start, losing two quick wickets in the form of skipper Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav within the first six overs of the powerplay. The two SRH new ball bowlers, Mohammad Nabi and Sandeep Sharma bowled efficient opening spells to rattle the opposition top-order. However, even after picking up two early wickets, the SRH bowlers never really backed down and kept picking wickets at regular intervals to pile on to the opposition batsmen’s misery. Right-arm fast bowler Siddarth Kaul delivered an excellent spell during the middle-overs stage to leave the visitors reeling at 65 for 5.

The trio comprising of Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock and Hardik Pandya got some starts but all of them failed to play big innings for the team. After the opposition bowlers’ initial onslaught, it looked like MI will crumble under a below-par total. But then came a massive surprise as big-hitting MI batsman Kieron Pollard started ripping apart the duo of Bhuvneshwar and Kaul, blasting 45 runs in the final two overs. Pollard smashed an entertaining unbeaten cameo innings of 46 runs off just 26 balls which consisted of 4 sixes and 2 fours. At the back of Pollard’s assault, MI somehow managed to post a respectable first innings total of 136 runs.

Joseph’s staggering spell leaves SRH in absolute tatters

The two in-form SRH openers, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow once again started off the proceedings with a decent opening partnership of 33 runs in just 3.4 overs. MI leg-spinner Rahul Chahar got his name on the wickets column after bowling a sensational delivery to remove the dangerous looking Bairstow. Mumbai’s latest recruit Alzarri Joseph then made  a stunning impact off just his first delivery in IPL, plucking out the pocket size dynamo, Warner and in turn left the hosts in a troublesome situation at 33/2. With both the openers back in the hut, SRH were facing something like this for the first time this season. Joseph continued to impress on debut by removing the likes of Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda to leave the hosts in complete tatters at 88 for 6.

At the halfway mark in the run-chase, the game started moving away from SRH as all specialist batsmen were back in the pavilion and the required run-rate also rose quite a bit. After a smashing opening spell, Joseph was however not done with his demolish work. He came back in his second spell to pick up a stunning six-wicket haul to bowl out SRH for a paltry total of 96 runs.

Brief Scores:

MI: 136/7 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard-46*; Siddarth Kaul 2/34, Mohammad Nabi 1/13)

SRH: 96/10 in 17.4 overs (Deepak Hooda-20; Alzarri Joseph 6/12, Rahul Chahar 2/21)

Result: Mumbai Indians won the match by 40 runs.