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IPL 2018: Match 7, SRH vs MI – Who Said What

"Tough luck, we fought till the end, but to lose isn't a great feeling," Rohit said.

Sunrisers Hyderabad team
Sunrisers Hyderabad team celebrates a wicket. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian Premier League (IPL) this year is not for the people with weak hearts. Almost every match is going to the last ball and the teams themselves are somehow managing to keep their nerves. It was Billy Stanlake and Deepak Hooda on the day for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who won it eventually to them off the last ball. Though one should feel for the young Mayank Markande who tried his best by picking 4 wickets in his spell. However, Mumbai Indians (MI) were once again left heartbroken as they are yet to get off the mark.

After losing the toss, the visitors got off to a worst possible start only once again with their skipper Rohit Sharma failing to click even as Ishan Kishan followed suit. The wickets kept on falling at regular intervals for them and it was only due to some hitting in the middle overs from Kieron Pollard. It was some brilliant death bowling from the home side which restricted MI to 147 runs on the day after their 20 overs.

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SRH got off to a super start to their chase with Shikhar Dhawan blazing the ball to all parts of the ground. It felt like the match will end soon the way they were going in the powerplay. But once Markande came into the attack, the things changed dramatically with wickets falling from both ends. He picked 4 key wickets to keep his team in the game as Mustafizur Rahman found his groove at the right time who bowled an exceptional 19th over in which he conceded only 1 run and went on to pick 2 wickets.

The action went to the last over as Ben Cutting had 11 runs to defend but Deepak Hooda smashed a wonderful six off the first ball. However, he could not close out the game with singles coming off next few deliveries as they needed 1 run to win in the end off the final delivery. But somehow, Billy Stanlake managed to play the shot over the in field and won the game sensationally for SRH.

Man of the Match, Rashid Khan said:

Dot balls is crucial in such a short format. That was the plan to bowl as many dot balls as possible. That was the message from the management to go and enjoy yourself, that’s what I did. I just try my best to bowl in good length area and mix it up for the batsman.

As he’s in his stance, I can see where he’s trying to hit. Love to bowl both, the leg-spinner and the googly. People back home love the fact that Afghanistan players are playing here. We want to see their smiling faces, because what’s happening there is not so good.

That’s what all of us are striving for. Want to dedicate this win to my friend whose son is in the hospital. Everything will go to him

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper, Kane Williamson said:

One of those games that comes down to the wire. The surface was a bit different than the last one, and we were slow to adapt. Hooda at the end was outstanding. He (Rashid Khan) seems to just turn up and is so world-class in how he operates.

He’s a great weapon for us. We have a number of very talented local bowlers. Sandeep bowled very nicely tonight. We fought back well after the powerplay. At the halfway stage, I thought it was going to be scrappy because the wicket was slowing up. The last ball can go either way so it was nice to win. It’s important we adapt well, learn from some things from this game

Mumbai Indians skipper, Rohit Sharma said:

Still early days. It was a good game. I’m sure everyone enjoyed it. Being on the receiving end for the second time is tough to digest. It wasn’t a good enough total, and our batsmen should have done better, but the bowlers showed a lot of character to get us back into the game.

We have a great squad, and for the youngsters to come out and perform, it’s amazing. They have a long way to go. Tough luck, we fought till the end, but to lose isn’t a great feeling.

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