Pollard, Joseph and Warner
Kieron Pollard (L), Alzarri Joseph (c) and David Warner (BCCI Photo)

Mumbai Indians, in their second consecutive match of the ongoing Indian Premier League, got the scalp of a table-topper. They had beaten Chennai Super Kings earlier this week who were at the top of the standings. On Sunday night, they humbled Sunrisers Hyderabad who were also sitting at the top spot. With their third win of the season, MI have now moved to fourth spot in the standings. (READ: Joseph breaks 11-year-old record)

Here we take a look at the phases from that proved to be match-defining:

Nabi and Rashid strangle MI

It wasn’t the best of wickets for batting, particularly to spinners. And with the impact that the spin bowling pair of Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan have had so far, MI wouldn’t have hoped for a big total at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. MI openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock made a cautious start. With a six each, they took the score to 19/0 in 3 overs when Bhuvneshwar called in offspinner Nabi. Four deliveries later, Rohit was back in the MI dug-out having holed out to deep midwicket fielder after mistiming his shot. Nabi completed spell bowling unchanged. His figures: 4-13-1. MI crawled to 52/3 at the halfway stage.

He left and out came Rashid. His first over was a bit erratic – a wide and  a boundary in it but he made up for it in his following with just five runs. Soon, the death-overs arrived and with Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard in the middle, anything was possible. Hardik lifted one from Rashid over long-on for a six in the 16th over to signal the shift. But he ended up hitting one to Vijay Shankar at midwicket to be caught for run-a-a-ball 14. Rashid ended his quote with 1/27 having eliminated one-half of the late threat.

Pollard makes SRH pay 

But Pollard was still there. So the danger of late surge was still lurking. At 92/6 in 17 overs, SRH had done their job of keeping the visitors quiet. Then came the shift in momentum. A dropped catch from Rashid off Bhuvneshwar handed Pollard a second chance. He fully capitalised it. Siddarth Kaul came in to bowl the 19th over. His first three went for just 14 runs and fetched SRH two wickets as well. By the end of his spell, it became 4-0-34-2. Pollard had smashed him all over the park with three sixes – once over long-off and twice over midwicket. Bhuvneshwar’s final over of the innings was creamed for 19 runs including a wide. Pollard scored 18 of them with the help of two fours and a six. He was though handed another life of Bhuvi when Nabi made a mess of a catch at deep square leg boundary parrying it over for a maximum. Pollard finished unbeaten on 46 off 26. From 52/3 after 1o overs, MI surged to 136/7 at the end.

Bairstow, Warner fall inside Powerplay

The bulk of SRH’s success this season so far has been built on the starts their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have been providing. Sunday night was to be different. They both were to fail and fall inside the Powerplay overs. Prior to this match, they hadn’t lost a wicket in the first six overs. Bairstow went for an overconfident drive off Rahul Chahar who slipped a googly. The resulting top-edge was easily caught at short third man. Threat 1: Neutralised.  Alzarri Joseph then kicked off his IPL cricket in a dream fashion with Warner inside-edging a wide delivery onto the stumps to be bowled. SRH had lost their openers in 4.1 overs.

Middle-order surrenders

Their middle order was kept safe so far thanks to the blazing form of Warner and Bairstow. Both the batsmen have struck a century each so far but their failures resulted in a collapse. Be it Manish Pandey, allrounder Vijay Shankar or big-hitting Yusuf Pathan – all succumbed to the sustained pressure created by Mumbai bowlers.

Alzarri razes through Sunrisers

Joseph, making his IPL debut, was thrust into the Powerplay against Warner. He got rid of the Australian with is very first delivery. It was a wicket-maiden. In his next over,  he accounted for Vijay Shankar. His first spell resulted on two wickets and four runs. Rohit held him back for the death overs as Bumrah and others kept building up the pressure. He returned for a second spell in the 16th over. Quick and dead straight, he cleaned up Deepak Hooda off the fourth delivery before sending back Rashid Khan off the following delivery.  He followed it by rattling Bhuvneshwar’s off stump to complete a five-for in his maiden IPL game.

Now, how do you do one better than picking up a five-wicket haul on IPL debut? By registering the best-ever IPL bowling figures. With Sunrisers needing 46 to win off the final three overs, Joseph had Kaul out caught behind to finish with 6 for 12, the best-ever figures by a bowler in an IPL, surpassing Sohail Tanvir’s 6 for 14 in the very first edition.