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MI go for broke but sink: Post 235/9 against SRH but fall well short of margin of victory needed to advance


They tried and won 42 races apart, but in the end, for the Mumbai Indians, even because of their tendency to shock and surprise, it was always too far to cross this bridge. They posted the highest score of the season with an unusually low 235/9 – but failed to cap the Sunrisers Hyderabad to 65 or less, the cutoff limit for playoff play.

Powerful player

For nearly an hour, Ishan Kishan looked into the future of the twenty game. Maybe as it will be in 2040, or good in 2030, if you do not take into account the fundamental principles that require attention. He walked in, designated his guards, selected locations, and began to deliver a torrent of kicks to the sides, resulting in a display of sheer strength. Like it’s PlayStation cricket.

Despair was clearly hidden behind the unbridled aggression – Mumbai was no less in need of a miracle. And Kishan seemed to be this miracle worker. Until he died, dutifully knocking the goalkeeper 84 out of 32 goals, he exuded boundaries and hope.

The first ball he hit, he got down on one knee and hit Mohammad Nabi over the deep middle of the gate. It was just a trailer for an action movie to be played out in Abu Dhabi. In the next round, Siddarth Kaul was torn apart by four consecutive fours. In such a mood of unbridled violence, he spared no one. Nabi, without extracting a turn and not finding a suitable length, smeared the bunch of boundaries even more. Jason Holder followed with his boats – his first 22 races, of which 16 broke off Keeshan’s thundering willow, the last of three fours, and he went with a bumpy six, starting with his fifty off just 16, the fastest IPL this year.

Together he and Rohit Sharma bet 78 for five overs, and although Rashid Khan kicked Sharma out, MI quickly jumped to 83/1 in six overs. Kishan did not spare either the playful Umran Malik or the stuffy Rashid Khan, lifting and lifting them over the side. It was pure foot massacre.

Touch Player

His lean run under close scrutiny, Suryakumar Yadav delivered a marvelous blow, combining strength and sophistry, revitalizing his form, and fueling MI to an indomitable result. It was a throwback to the previous season when he couldn’t play an out-of-the-box melody even if he wanted to. He hardly looked like a man on skinny grass – he delightfully pulled the first ball he collided with a four, although Jason Holder’s clumsy play deserved the blame overseas. However, Kaul’s four with an oar was more expressive.

The blows were enough for Yadav to calm down and sustain the deafening pace provided by Keeshan. The speed of flight dropped by a fraction – from 15, when Keeshan was hitting the ball, to 12, when MI lost Kieron Pollard and Jimmy Nisham off Abhishek SharmaConsecutive balls. But soon Yadav triggered a cyclone that carried away the SRZ bowlers. Then he had 16 out of 12 goals. Before Malik got stuck on his helmet after the penultimate goal of the 19th bust, he raced to 82 out of 35 goals, that is, 62 out of 23 goals.

Unlike Keeshan, he doesn’t have many preferences. When he was in the mood, he could hit the ball wherever he liked, what kind of ball he wanted. Most incredible was his six of Holder’s nearly wide Yorker. Yadav thought it over and ran over, Holder went wider, Yadav leaned even wider and threw him over his head. In the next round, he kicked Malik past the goalkeeper with his first hat-trick of fours just before Malik hit his helmet. There were classic cover drives and flicks in between. However, after the blow, Yadav was not quite himself and was the last to leave.

Elusive miracle

For all purebreds in their stable, SRHs below 65 have always been a ghostly jackpot. By the will of fate or, perhaps, inhuman pressure on their shoulders, they groped for the starting block. It all started with Jason Roy taking on Jasprit Bumra, his first two overs costing 26 runs. Trent Boult failed to bend the ball back into his right hand, and the reckless move to entrust Piyush Chavla to the third turned into a strategic mistake, his overkill cost 16 runs. Abhishek Sharma hugged Nathan Coulter-Neal as SRH stormed 60/0 in five overs. By the time the bowlers recovered, the playoff point was over the horizon.

Still, good news for India: two of their batsmen have been reborn at just the right time.



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