In the wake of a hammering defeat, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels his side failed to apply themselves on the field as well as with the bat after they lost to Mumbai Indians by 40 runs. Young West Indies pacer Alzzari Joseph made a dream IPL debut by recording the best bowling figures in tournament’s history and Mumbai were further aided by Keiron Pollard hammered an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls, helping his side recover to 136 for seven after an ordinary start.
While Pollard was the stand out batsman, another West Indian in Joseph made all the difference in the bowling department, ending with sensational figures of six for 12 in 3.4 overs, bettering the effort of Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir, who had taken six for 14 in the inaugural IPL edition in 2008.
Hyderabad were all out for 96 in 17.4 overs. It was the third win for Mumbai Indians in five games while Hyderabad suffered their second loss in five matches. Considering the stellar form of openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, 137 was expected to be a comfortable chase for Hyderabad. But they both were dismissed cheaply and that exposed the middle order which had not been tested much courtesy the devastating run of the openers. It was the first time this season that Hyderabad lost a wicket in the first six overs.
“It could have been an easy chase if we would have applied ourselves,” Bhuvneshwar said post the match on Saturday night.
Pollard’s innings was helped by a dropped catch, which had a great impact on Mumbai’s total and then on the result. Pollard was dropped in the 17th over when the score was 92/6.
“I think it started off when we dropped Pollard, he scored 25-30 runs – it is a huge margin,” Bhuvneshwar admitted.
“When you drop catches it is never easy. There is less margin for error (when you are bowling) but you need to grab your chances to restrict any team to under 120,” the India pacer said.
Bhuvneshwar is captaining the side in place of injured Kane Williamson. Asked about his new role, the 29-year old said: “It (captaincy) is difficult but you have experienced players around, not a tough job.”
Sunrisers batting collapsed after the deadly opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow got out.
“First three matches we got good opening partnerships but we never got a chance to test our middle order,” Bhuvneshwar said.
“Today when we did and we did not apply ourselves. We will see what went wrong before going into the next match. It was not a normal flat wicket that we get in Hyderabad but it was not a tough chase,” he concluded.