SRH vs MI: The penultimate game of the league stage of the IPL 2021 between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi was a firework of a show. MI bowed out of the tournament as champions, defeating SRH by 42 runs.
The game was the only chance MI could use to make it into the playoffs, although the conditions were too stringent for them to achieve the feat. But their sheer will was evident from their blistering performance as they went on to post the highest target of IPL 2021, putting 235 runs at a loss of nine wickets on the scoreboard.
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav were devastating as both players went on to go past 80 runs in the quest to set up a colossal total for SRH to chase. Kishan scored a blistering 84 runs in just 32 balls while scoring the fastest fifty of the season, laced with 11 boundaries and four sixes. On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav played a knock of 82 runs in 40 deliveries with the help of 13 boundaries and three sixers.
SRH were going well with their bowling attacks, and if it was not for the two youngster’s exploits, they could have had an edge over the defending champions. Jason Holder took a four-wicket haul, while Rashid Khan and Abhishek Sharma scalped two wickets each, only for it to go in vain.
Mumbai needed to bundle out SRH in less than 65 runs, which clearly was nearly impossible. Still, the losing side put up a decent fight, with their skipper for today’s match in the absence of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, scoring a swashbuckling 69 runs. Chasing the 236 runs, openers Jason Roy (34) and Abhishek Sharma (33) gave a stable start to their innings. However, MI broke the pair in the powerplay when Trent Boult dismissed Roy.
MI successfully defended their total by restricting SRH to 193/8. Consequently, they did register a resounding victory in the match but reserved the final berth of the playoffs for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
SRH vs MI Stats and Facts
- Mumbai Indians scored the highest total (235/9) to defend in IPL 2021 in the stipulated 20 overs. The second and the third highest are by DC – 228/4 and RR – 226/6, respectively.
- It was the first stint as captain in IPL for Manish Pandey.
- Manish Pandey breached the landmark of 6000 runs in T20 cricket. He also completed 3500 runs in the IPL.
- Ishan Kishan (84) smashed the fastest fifty of IPL 2021. He completed his half century in just 16 balls.
- Kishan is now the joint third-fastest scorer of half-century in IPL, alongside Suresh Raina in the elite list. The second fastest fifty is by Yusuf Pathan and Sunil Narine jointly while KL Rahul tops the list, hitting a half-century in only 14 balls.
- Playing an explosive knock of 82 runs, Suryakumar Yadav registered his highest score in the league. His previous highest score was 79 runs that he registered twice on previous occassions.
- Suryakumar Yadav also completed 4000 runs in T20 cricket.
- Rohit Sharma is among the only four captains who have leaded their teams in 100 IPL matches. Others include Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni, former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli.
- MI scored the second-highest runs in powerplay by amassing 83 runs against SRH.
- Ishan Kishan has scored the most individual runs for MI in powerplay. He aggregated 63 runs in that duration. Highest Score for MI in Powerplay: 63 – Ishan Kishan vs SRH (2021)*, 59 – Jayasuriya vs CSK (2008), 48 – Jayasuriya vs KKR (2008), 50 – Simmons vs PBKS (2014), 44 – Sachin vs DC (2010)
- Both MI and SRH maintained their records of: MI not losing a 200+ score to defend and SRH not winning a 200+ target to chase.
- Completing 100 catches, Wriddhiman Saha became the fifth Indian wicketkeeper to achieve the feat.
- It was for the first time in the history of IPL that two batters of the same team scored 80+ runs at a strike rate of 200+. Ishan Kishan scored 84 runs while Suryakumar Yadav scored 82 runs in the same inning.
- SRH’s Rashid Khan has become the fourth-highest wickettaker in T20 cricket with 391 wickets under his belt.
- Mohammad Nabi became the first player to take five catches in the same IPL game.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 235/9 (Ishan Kishan 84, Suryakumar Yadav 82; Jason Holder 4/52) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 193/8 (Manish Pandey 69, Jason Roy 34; Jasprit Bumrah 2/39) by 42 runs.
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