9th Match - IPL 2021 - Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - (Chennai)
Rahul Chahar turned trumps for Mumbai Indians on yet another occasion as he plucked three wickets to send the winless Sunrisers Hyderabad team tumbling to their third defeat in the IPL in Chennai on Saturday.
Until Chahar came on to bowl his leg-breaks, the Sunrisers were going great guns chasing a target of 151 as openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow blasted 67 runs with very little effort.
But that was all the Sunrises could do as spinner Krunal Pandya made the first break-through in the second ball of the eighth over with the scalp of Bairstow who in an attempt to go for a fifth six hit the stumps with his back foot to be ruled out hit-wicket for 43 made in just 22 balls that also had three fours.
Chahar then stepped in and made sure the Sunrisers had no way of returning to the contest as he plucked the wickets of Manish Panday (2) and Virat Singh (11) to trigger the start of a major collapse.
In-between, the Sunrisers perhaps lost their only hope after the exit of Bairstow when David Warner was run-out for 36 failing to beat a throw from Hardik Pandya.
Chahar also accounted for the scalp of Abhishek Sharma for 2 to end with figures of 3 for 19 as the Sunrises were dismissed for 137 in 19.4 overs.
Left arm fast bowler Trent Boult who did not have his usual breezy start being hit for 20 runs in his second over, made a remarkable comeback with some accurate bowling to grab the last three Sunrises wickets.
Winning the toss and taking first least of the wicket, Mumbai Indians got off to a rousing start with openers Quinton de Kock (40) and Rohit Sharma (32) plundering 53 runs in the first six power-play overs.
But with the dismissal of Sharma with the total at 55, the Mumbai Indians slumped to 131 for 5 with just eight balls remaining.
Thanks to the power hitting of Kieron Pollard who slammed two sixes in the last over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Mumbai Indians reached a defendable score of 150.
Pollard made an unbeaten 35 in 22 balls with one four and three sixes.
Mumbai Indians 150 for 5 in 20 overs
Sunrisers Hyderabad 137 all out in 19.4 overs