You often come across performances which baffle you in cricket and I thought the Mumbai Indians’ batting display against the Sunrisers Hyderabad was as good an example of those.
I just couldn’t fathom how they ended up with such few runs when you consider they had only lost four wickets. A total of 129 is just paltry for the loss of four batsmen, you’d much rather lose all your men for 160. Even if you consider that it may not have been your ideal batting wicket, that’s still no excuse, and inevitably, they paid the price for it.
One thing’s for sure, they will need to bat a lot better than they did against Hyderabad if they are to preserve their unbeaten home record which
faces its sternest test today against the Chennai Super Kings. Chennai are easily the best side at the moment, making light work of whatever stands in their way.
That can be attributed to their big players all contributing to the cause and with astounding consistency. Mike Hussey, Suresh Raina and MS
Dhoni have been among the runs in virtually every game while Dwayne Bravo is the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with Ravi Ashwin also troubling opposing batsmen with his spin.
Mumbai, on the other hand, haven’t seen consistent performances from anyone other than Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik. The latter’s form clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Indian selectors who have recalled him to the Indian ODI squad after three years for next month’s Champions Trophy.
Seeing Sachin get bowled in three of their last four games is also a bit of a worrying sign for Mumbai. Perhaps he hasn’t been positive enough about his footwork which might have led to his downfall on those three occasions.
The other part that’s hard to comprehend is the fact that 10 games have passed and we still haven’t seen Glenn Maxwell in action. They’ve surely got to throw him on at some stage. After all, they haven’t paid a million dollars for him to be only warming the bench.
The positive aspect for the Indians though is what winning this game could represent for them going forward. If Rohit Sharma’s men manage to pull off the win, they will surely begin to believe they can go the distance. Though they will have to come out a lot more positive than they were against Hyderabad, and, perhaps in some way hope they catch the Super Kings on an off-day.
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