Debutant Alzarri Joseph rips through Sunrisers batting

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The jubilant Mumbai Indians lift man of the match Alzarri Joseph, who returned with best IPL figures of 6 for 12. — Photo: Hrudayanand D

Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians’ youngster Alzarri Joseph could not have asked for a better debut. The West Indies’ 22-year-old youngster registered the best IPL figures of 6/12, eclipsing Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohial Tanvir’s 6/14 for Rajasthan Royals against CSK in 2008, as the Rohit Sharma-led side shot down a high-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad with a 40-run victory at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here on Saturday.

This is Mumbai’s second win in as many matches, third in five, while the Bhuvneshwar Kumar-led side suffered their second loss in five matches. The visitors not only exposed the chinks in the Sunrisers’ middle-order, but also breached the hosts’ fortress.

Defending a modest total of 136/7, thanks largely to Kieron Pollard’s 26-ball blitz of unbeaten 46 (2×4, 4×6), MI bundled out Sunrisers for 96 runs in 17.4 overs. It was for the first time season that the Sunrisers’ openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow were out in the powerplay after adding 33 runs in 3.3 overs.

Both of them departed at the same score in a span of four deliveries. Bairstow was the first to depart as he sliced leggie Rahul Chahar’s delivery to be caught at backward point by Jasprit Bumrah for a 10-ball 16 (3×4). Three balls later, Warner (15 from 1, 2×4) played on Joseph on to his stumps of the pace bowler’s first delivery.

The lanky pacer got rid of Vijay Shankar (5 off 10 balls), who gave a simple catch by Hardik Pandya. Manish Pandey (16 of 21), who was dropped on zero by Pollard, failed to cash in as he departed hitting left arm seamer Jason Behrendorff straight into the hands of Rohit Sharma at mid-wicket. The dismissals of Yusuf Pathan (0) saw half of the batting unit in pavilion for just 62 runs in the 12th over. Joseph returned in the 16th over to dismiss Deepak Hooda (20 from 24) and Rashid Khan (0) off successive deliveries and then sealed the match with another two-wicket when he sent back Bhuvi and Siddharth Kaul.

Earlier, Mohammad Nabi provided an early breakthrough striking on his fourth delivery of the innings’ fourth over dismissing Rohit Sharma (11), who was dropped by Siddharth Kaul on nought off Bhuvneshwar in the innings’ first over. Sandeep Singh then caught Surya Kumar Yadav (7) in front of the wickets. The batsman went for the review but without success as the visitors struggled to 30/2 in the power play. Quinton de Kock (19 from 18, 1×4, 1×6) then lofted Siddharth Kaul straight to Hooda at the square-leg boundary.

Kaul then got his second wicket of the night dismissing dangerous Krunal Pandya (6 off 13) cheaply with a bouncer, forcing batsman to edge it to Bairstow. Next to go was Ishan Kishan in form of a run out. Trying to steal a single, he fell inches short of the crease before Bairstow uprooted the stumps. Big hitting Hardiak Pandy (14 from 14, 1×6) too fell without much impact after heaving Rashid for a six in the innings’ 17th over.

He was caught at the midwicket boundary by Shankar trying to repeat the big shot. West Indies’ Kieron Pollard, who was dropped on 8 by Rashid off Bhuvi, made the most of the final two overs. He hit Kaul for three sixes in the  19th over to make it a 20-run over and then hit Bhuvi for two boundaries and a six in the final over as MI mustered 39 runs in the final two and 61 runs in the final five overs.