IPL 2019: Alzarri Joseph, Kieron Pollard fashion MI's emphatic win

Joseph's six-wicket haul combined with Kieron Pollard’s cameo helped Mumbai Indians script a 40-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.

Alzarri Joseph ripped through Sunrisers' batting line-up.   -  AFP

A dream debut by the 22-year-old Alzarri Joseph fashioned Mumbai Indians’ remarkable 40-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in its IPL contest at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Saturday. The West Indies speedster finished with stunning figures of 3.4-1-12-6, the best in the IPL, bettering Sohail Tanvir’s six for 14 for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings in the 2008 edition.

Sunrisers’ fragile middle-order stood exposed once the big guns failed at the top. For the first time in this edition, Sunrisers lost the explosive opening pair in the PowerPlay overs. The host was reduced to 39 for two after Jonny Bairstow sliced leg-spinner Rahul Chahar to point and David Warner played on to Joseph in what was the fast bowler’s first over in the IPL.

Alzarri Joseph breathed fire with the ball.   -  AFP

 

As it happened| Highlights: Alzarri six-for on debut powers MI to 40-run win

Manish Pandey failed to thrive on the dropped chance — Kieron Pollard floored a sitter at long-off off Rahul Chahar when the batsman was on zero. He fell for 16. Yusuf Pathan was dismissed for a four-ball duck by Chahar.

Joseph struck a double blow in the 16th over, removing Deepak Hooda and Rashid Khan to push the home team to the brink. The West Indian sealed the issue in quick time, sending back Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul.

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Falling cheaply

Earlier, Mumbai, asked to take the first strike, put up a disappointing display. Skipper Rohit Sharma, who was dropped on zero by Kaul at third-man off the fifth ball of the innings off Bhuvneshwar, perished soon, falling to off-spinner Nabi.

Seamer Sandeep Sharma trapped Suryakumar Yadav in front and Kaul sent back Quinton de Kock whose lofted shot went straight to the fielder in the deep.

Mumbai was 52 for three in 10 overs, with Nabi’s impressive spell of 4-0-13-1 putting the skids on the visitor.

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Nabi’s Afghanistan teammate Rashid Khan came back strongly after being swung for a six by Hardik Pandya when the batsman swept straight to the fielder in the deep. Mumbai was left tottering at 86 for six in 16.3 overs.

The turnaround

The big-hitting Pollard’s brilliant onslaught, which included a one-handed six over long-off off Kaul, propelled the side to 136 for seven, a total that looked impossible at one stage. Kaul and Bhuvneshwar leaked 39 in the final two overs as Mumbai won by 40 runs.