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IPL 2021: Match 9 MI vs SRH- MI won by 13 runs

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MI– 150/5 (20 over)

Quinton de Kock- 40(39)

Kieron Pollard- 35(22)
Rahul Chahar- 4-0-19-3

SRH- 137/10 (19.4 over)

Jonny Bairstow- 43(22)

Vijay Shankar- 3-0-19-2

RESULT: MI won by 13 runs

SRH didn’t address the middle order issue in this ipl auctions…No Indian experienced middle order batter

Until the last two balls, SRH had done a mighty fine job in restricting the Mumbai Indians, but could the last two balls been any better from Bhuvneshwar? And what about Vijay Shankar, who dropped a dolly earlier in the piece? Things to ponder over for them if they’d to chase down 151. It’s still at best a par score and they’d believe that they have it in them to chase down this total. Rohit was off in some style, making the most of good batting conditions, with the ball still fairly new. But Vijay Shankar pulled things back a bit, then the spinners came to the fore as MI stalled in the middle overs. It suddenly looked like a difficult pitch to bat as de Kock and Ishan Kishan struggled. So did Pollard until that last two balls, which has given his team some breathing space. SRH failed to chase down 150 against RCB, can they chase it down tonight? Back in a while for the chase..

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Man of the Match:

Harshal Patel
Kieron Pollard

The situation of the game (dictates the batting order). We always have to be padded up. It’s nice to see other guys also delivering, so not much pressure. Those runs at the end really helped us. You have to decide your strong areas (on such pitches) and see what you can do. We have to find ways. It was good to see the team finding a way to scrap a win. Hopefully this can take us through. Of course, when it’s coming out well (in bowling), you want to but I’m happy doing what the team wants.

—kieron Pollard, Man of the Match

Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match: Vijay Sankar

Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award: Jonny Bairstow

CRED Power Player of the Match: Jonny Bairstow

Safari Super Striker of the Match: Jonny Bairstow

Dream11 GameChanger of the Match: Trent Boult

VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match: Jonny Bairstow

I just make sure that the ball is in my hand and then target the stumps. To be honest, the run-out of Warner, I wasn’t expecting him to be that far, I just wanted to take aim and hit, and only then I realized that he was well short. We have a lot of character as a team, they got to a great start, but our bowlers pulled them back nicely, bowled good line and lengths, made sure that the pressure was built. Rahul Chahar, Krunal and all the others – we bowled as a unit, held the nerves and used all the opportunities that came our way. We have plenty of experience (having played long as a team), lots of feedback from the players and it helps having a captain who makes the most of it.

Hardik Pandya
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I just tried to take the pace off. With the new ball, it was coming on nicely to the bat, we just had a plan of taking the pace off as much as we can. There was good pace and it was also sitting up nicely when we were bowling at normal speed. The change-ups worked a lot for us. It looked (like) a very good wicket, it’s important for us to bat out 20 overs and give us a good chance to chase this total. 

Vijay Shankar

Winning Captain, Rohit Sharma (MI)

It was a great effort from the bowling unit. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. On that pitch, when you’re bowling well, it’s not easy. I thought it was a good score on that pitch. You saw from both the teams, trying to capitalise on the powerplay. Having said that, I think we can bat better in the middle overs. All these guys have played a lot of cricket on pitches like these. So, there are areas to work on. At the same time, don’t want to be too harsh on the guys. I think the pitch gets slower and slower. Rahul was turning the ball in his fourth over, which was the 12th or 13th over. That doesn’t happen in Mumbai. The ball was reversing as well. The slowishness of the deck doesn’t allow batsmen to come and slog straightaway. One set batter carrying through is needed, which is what’s not happening for all of the teams that have played here. Polly has done it for so many years for us at the back end. We have the confidence in him. It’s all about him getting some time in the middle. Our fielding was really good tonight, that’s something we take pride in. Those run outs and also the catches.

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Losing Captain, David Warner (SRH):

I don’t know how to take that. Obviously disappointing. Two of us were set but it proves that if you don’t bat deep, you can’t win. That was my game-plan, a great piece of fielding from Hardik though. But that’s the game of cricket. These are very much chaseable targets, if you get a partnership and if there is one person at the end, you can chase it down. The guys need to play smart cricket in the middle, the bowlers have been fantastic and this wicket was slower than the previous wickets that we have played. You gotta learn from mistakes and it’s our responsibility at the top to bat deep. The bowlers adapted well. We have to move forward and keep having smiles on our faces. We have to speak to the physios, he’s (Williamson) coming along nicely and plays a big role in our squad.

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