Despite not qualifying for the final four, the Mumbai
Indians have bowed out of IPL 2021 in style with a comprehensive win over the
Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final league game of the season. The five-time
champions entered the last league fixture needing an unprecedented 170-run
victory, and there would have been some tense faces in the KKR camp as Mumbai
dared to do the unthinkable on a flat track in Abu Dhabi.
Rohit Sharma’s side came out all guns blazing with the bat
and powered themselves to an impressive 235 in the first innings on the back of
two excellent knocks from Ishan Kishan (84 off 32) and Suryakumar Yadav (82 off
40). Although Mumbai couldn’t restrict SRH to the 65 needed to qualify, they
eventually ended their stop-start campaign on a high note with a comfortable
After winning the crucial toss, Ishan Kishan started the
innings with a six off Mohammad Nabi and followed that up with four consecutive
boundaries off Siddharth Kaul to start the carnage. None of the bowlers were
spared by the young left-hander as Kishan bludgeoned the likes of Jason Holder
and Umran Malik to race to a 16-ball half-century inside four overs – the
quickest of this season.
Mumbai raced to the highest powerplay score of the season
(83) and even took the attack to Rashid Khan – who was launched for two sixes
by Hardik and Kishan respectively.
The slowdown eventually came after Kishan was dismissed 16
runs short of his century by Umran Malik and Abhishek Sharma removed
big-hitters Pollard and Neesham off consecutive deliveries. However, the Mumbai
barrage continued through the blade of Suryakumar Yadav – who finally found
some form after an indifferent season in 2021.
Yadav reached his fifty off 24 deliveries as he kept
targeting the leg-side boundary, and finished with an outstanding 82 off 40
balls to take Mumbai to their highest ever IPL total of 235.
Mumbai set attacking fields in their desperate search for
some early wickets, but Jason Roy and Abhishek Sharma went on the offensive
from ball one to end any hopes of qualification. The Englishman took Jasprit
Bumrah apart with the new ball while Piyush Chawla conceded 16 in his first
over as SRH went past the decisive 65-run mark in the powerplay itself.
Mumbai eventually pegged Hyderabad back with some quick
wickets in the middle overs from Jimmy Neesham and despite a valiant effort
from Manish Pandey (69 off 41), the SRH batting lineup lacked the firepower
needed to get close to the Mumbai total and resigned to their 11th defeat of