Twitter Reactions: Mumbai Indians make a mockery of a modest run chase against Sunrisers

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians by 31 runs.

Krunal Pandya
Mumbai Indians’ Krunal Pandya during an IPL 2018 match. (Photo: IANS)

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The defending champions Mumbai Indians have horribly missed the trick this season. Playing against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their most recent encounter in Mumbai, the Men in Blue made a mockery of a modest run chase. They were asked to chase an underpar total of 118 to win on the day. But the hosts turned up with a no show with the bat to see the innings crash out meekly.

Mumbai Indians bundled out for a mere 87 in the penultimate over to hand over the visitors a clinical 31 runs win. The defeat has come as a major jolt for the hosts as this is their fifth defeat in six matches this season. From hereon, things will only get tougher for them if they wish to stay alive in the competition.

Earlier in the game, the Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma had no hesitation in opting to field first after winning the toss. In the very second over of the match, Mitch McClenaghan’s double strike saw Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha head back to the pavilion. Manish Pandey started off on a positive note but ended up becoming Hardik Pandya’s victim on 16.

Soon, Shakib Al Hasan’s run out meant total trouble for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the game. All hopes were on the skipper Kane Williamson. The Kiwi veteran scored 29 off 21 deliveries before becoming Pandya’s second scalp of the match. At 63/5 in 8.1 overs, the SRH camp knew they had messed up the innings big time. A brief resistance from Mohammad Nabi (14) and Yusuf Pathan (29) gave hopes to the visitors but that ended up crashing as well.

The wickets kept tumbling from one end as Pathan held the fort at the other. Eventually, Pathan’s gutsy yet uncharacteristic knock of 29 off 33 balls saw Sunrisers Hyderabad finish with 118 in 18.4 overs. Yusuf was the last batsman to be dismissed. The target of 118 looked like a cakewalk on the batting track of Mumbai. But the track in Wankhede spit some more venom as the match progressed on the day.

In the run chase, the hosts started losing wickets in clusters right from the third over of the game. Barring Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya, no other player in the lineup touched the double digits. Suryakumar Yadav kept the hopes alive for the hosts with his 38-ball 34. But his departure meant that the inevitable only inched closer. The innings eventually folded in the 19th over with 87 on the board and the Sunrisers Hyderabad registered their fourth win of the season.

Here is how the fans reacted to the low scoring game:

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