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IPL 10, Match 10, MI v SRH – Mumbai Indians Player Ratings

Krunal Pandya and Nitish Rana
Krunal Pandya and Nitish Rana. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Mumbai Indians continued their merry run at their fortress in Mumbai. They beat the strongest team on paper in the tournament – the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Coming into the match, SRH were the clear favourites since they had won their previous two matches of the season. They had beaten the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season opener and then got the better of Gujarat Lions in their second match.

However, both these fixtures were their home games. They headed towards Mumbai to play their first away game of the season. The defending champions were humbled by the Mumbai Indians in the fixture and were handed their first defeat of the season. Rohit Sharma won the toss for Mumbai and opted to bowl first. Sunrisers got off to good start and it were their openers – Shikhar Dhawan (48) and David Warner (49) – were the only players to score in excess of 20. Ben Cutting scored a dot 20 towards the end but all that SRH could

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Ben Cutting scored a dot 20 towards the end but all that SRH could manage was 158/8 in their 20 overs. The Mumbai team did not have a very good start early on in the innings with Jos Buttler departing cheaply. However, good middle order contributions from Krunal Pandya and Nitish Rana, combined with opening heroics of Parthiv Patel saw Mumbai chase the score with 4 wickets in hand.

Here are the Mumbai Indians Player Ratings for the MI v SRH encounter:

Parthiv Patel – 7/10

Parthiv Patel was very impressive in the run chase. He batted with supreme control right through the innings. The kinds of shots that he put on display for the day were an absolute treat to watch for the fans at the Wankhede. He lost his opening partner Jos Buttler early on in the innings but did not let that affect his mindset in the game.

He went on to score 39 off just 24 balls with 7 boundaries to his name. He looked good for more but perished at the half way stage in an attempt to accelerate even more. His exploits upfront with the new ball saw the Mumbai Indians post as many as 61 runs in the powerplay.

Jos Buttler – 2/10

Jos Buttler has just not been his own this season till now. He had started off on such a brilliant note playing against the Rising Pune Supergiant. However, since then, he has had two very quite outings with the bat. He failed to get amongst the runs in the previous match against the Kolkata Knight Riders and the story was no different today either.

He was dismissed on 14 that came off 11 deliveries with 3 fours to his name. He was the first batsman to be dismissed in the innings. He fell to a straight delivery from Ashish Nehra. It was a nothing shot from him that saw him miss the ball completely as the ball crashed in the stumps.

Rohit Sharma – 1/10

Rohit Sharma’s poor form with the bat continued in this match as well. His struggle against the spinners has been a key concern for the Mumbai camp. This is something that the opposition captains will keep a close eye on him in the fixtures to follow. In this match, all he could manage was a solitary run. He was dismissed on 1 by Afghanistan leggie Rashid Khan. It was a wrong un that was enough to get the better of him on the occasion.

Nitish Rana – 9/10

Nitish Rana has undoubtedly been the find of the season not just for the Mumbai Indians but also in the tournament. Rana had struck a timely 34 in the first match of the season. He then backed it up with a fifty in the next match. Now, playing against the Sunrisers, he top scored for the team yet again with 45 runs to his name.

He scored 45 off just 36 deliveries with 3 fours and two sixes. It was only unfortunate that he did not see the team through on the day. His form has been a big plus for the Mumbai Indians and they will hope that the Delhi lad will continue to torment the bowlers in the matches to follow.

Krunal Pandya – 9/10

Pandya has been ruling the party for Mumbai this season. While on the previous two occasion it was Hardik Pandya ruling the roost, today it was the senior brother Krunal Pandya seizing the opportunity with both hands. Krunal was promoted up the order and he showed that he can hit the long ball as well.

Coming in at number 6, Krunal took the attack to the opposition bowlers right from the word go. It was a serious display of power hitting on the cards. During his 20-ball stay at the crease on the day, he struck 37 runs with 3 fours and as many sixes.

Kieron Pollard – 2/10

Kieron Pollard’s poor run of form continued. The team camp has shown a lot of faith in him and it is this reason that he is getting lot many chances. However, the big reputation player is yet to live to his name. He came in at number 5 to bat but could only score a run-a-ball 11. Innings like these will not help his cause nor will they help the cause of the team camp. He was not even given the ball on the day during the Sunrisers innings.

Hardik Pandya – 4/10

Hardik Pandya did not have too much to do in the match. He has been the star for the team thus far. The team did not require too much of his services since his elder brother Krunal was in sublime form today. Hardik remained unbeaten on 2 as Mumbai notched up a 4 wicket win.

Earlier in the game, he had bowled decently. He did not leak too many runs and gave only 22 runs in his 3 overs in the match. He even managed to get the big wicket of Yuvraj Singh. He got through the defences of the veteran southpaw and restricted his run flow to just 5 on the day.

Harbhajan Singh – 9/10

Harbhajan Singh found himself in a tricky situation when he was up against the hard hitting batsmen duo of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan in the powerplay. Things were not the most favourable with the new ball not turning and the fielders being in the circle. Going against all odds, Harbhajan bowled a magnificent spell first up.

He did not give any freebies to the SRH openers and that set the stage for a tight hold of the Mumbai Indians bowlers in the powerplay. He finished with figures of 2/23 in his quota of 4 overs. He first got the prized scalp of the opposition skipper David Warner. Later, he sent the hard-hitting batsman Deepak Hooda.

Lasith Malinga – 4/10

Lasith Malinga was definitely outplayed by his fellow bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Harbhajan Singh. He was expected to call the shots against the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner. But this was not the day for the Sri Lankan veteran. Malinga managed to contain the run flow for a brief while but then leaked runs towards the fag end of the innings. He gave 30 runs in his quota of 4 overs. The only wicket that he scalped on the day was the lower order batsman Vijay Shankar.

Mitch McClenaghan – 3.5/10

Mitch McClenaghan was the leading pace bowler for the Mumbai Indians in the previous edition of the IPL. In the previous edition, he was the bowler to face for all top quality batsmen. However, he has failed to get into his groove this season. McClenaghan had another average outing with the ball. He started off well in the powerplay but could not pick up a wicket. He came back towards the middle overs to get the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. In his quota of 4 overs, he gave away 42 runs for his solitary wicket.

Jasprit Bumrah – 9.5/10

Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the show with the ball. The young Indian pacer showed why is being tipped to be the next big thing in the world cricket. Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers for MI with 3 wickets to his name in the match. Bumrah bowled his full quota of 4 overs and gave only 24 runs.

He bowled exceptionally well in the death overs as he perfected the yorkers in fine fashion. Bumrah dismissed the dangerman Ben Cutting on 20 with a toe crusher. He then got the better of Naman Ojha. Towards the end, he caught and bowled Rashid Khan to complete his triple for the day.

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