IPL 2022: MI vs SRH Review – Hyderabad stay alive in the playoffs race

The Sunrisers Hyderabad kept their playoff hopes alive with a three-run win over the Mumbai Indians in Match 65 of IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 17. Defending a stiff total, the SRH bowlers worked in tandem and successfully got the job done against a tamed MI batting line-up.

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first. While Abhishek Sharma was dismissed for nine, youngster Priyam Garg, who played his first match of the season, scored 42 runs off 26 balls and created a great first impression. However, it was Rahul Tripathi’s quickfire 44-ball 76 and wicketkeeper batter Nicholas Pooran’s supporting 38 runs off 22 deliveries that powered SRH to 193/6.

MI in reply meant business right from the word ‘go’ as Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan staged a 95-run opening stand. While Rohit scored 48 runs from 36 deliveries, Kishan contributed with a 34-ball 43. Once the duo was dismissed, the five-time champions suddenly suffered a collapse as they lost the wickets of Tilak Varma, Daniel Sams and Tristan Stubbs in little time.

 Tim David then threatened to take the match away from the Orange Army by some great power-hitting display at the death. He smashed T Natarajan for three straight sixes in the 18th over. Unfortunately for MI, once he was run out after scoring a superb 46 runs from just 18 deliveries, the five-time winners could never recover from thereon and were restricted to 190/7 despite some late fireworks from Ramandeep Singh (14*).

Top performers of the game

Rahul Tripathi

Rahul Tripathi was the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s saviour in the first innings when things looked tough for them at one point. The senior middle-order batter stood up when it mattered the most as he scored a blistering 76 runs from 44 deliveries at an outstanding strike rate of 172.7 including nine fours and three sixes.

Umran Malik

Just like the previous game, emerging speedster Umran Malik showcased yet another consistent performance by taking the key wickets of Ishan Kishan, Daniel Sams and Tilak Varma which broke MI’s backbone. Malik finished with figures of 3/23 from his three overs at an economy rate of 7.70.

What’s next for both sides?

While Mumbai Indians face the Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, May 21, the Sunrisers Hyderabad will be locking horns with the Punjab Kings in a virtual knockout at the same venue on May 22.