IPL 2019: Alzzari Joseph sets record straight

Hyderabad: Young West Indies pacer Alzzari Joseph made a dream IPL debut by recording the best bowling figures in tournament’s history as Mumbai Indians picked up a 40-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low-scoring game here on Saturday. Keiron Pollard hammered an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls, helping Mumbai Indians 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.

“It’s a dream start, can’t get better than this. I just wanted to bowl to the plans. When they said I was playing, I decided to keep it simple and back myself. When I got my first wicket, I had a muted celebration since I was focused on the game that we had to win. The boys are really playing well, lot of hard work, so all we need to do is go to the park and show them what we can do,” said Alzarri Joseph.

Earlier, Keiron Pollard hammered an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls, helping Mumbai Indians reach 136 for seven. Hyderabad were well on course to limit Mumbai to a sub-120 total before Pollard’s brute power came to the fore and enabled the visitors to collect 39 crucial runs off the final 12 balls. Until Pollard cut loose, Hyderabad put up an impressive bowling effort on a slow pitch.

While Hyderabad fielded an unchanged side, Mumbai Indians made two changes in the playing eleven with Ishan Kishan replacing Yuvraj Singh and West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph coming in for Lasith Malinga, who has gone back to Sri Lanka to play in a domestic event.

It wasn’t the best of starts for Mumbai, who lost captain Rohit Sharma (11) and Suryakumar Yadav (7) early to be 30 for two in six overs. Rohit was dropped in the first over by Siddarth Kaul but could not make much use of that life and was holed out at deep midwicket off Mohammad Nabi in the fourth over.

Suryakumar, who had hit a crucial 59 in the previous game against CSK, too did not last long and was adjudged leg before wicket off Sandeep Sharma. Stroke play was proving to be difficult on a slow surface and the situation became worse for the visitors when the in-form opener Quinton de Kock (19) departed after trying to increase the scoring rate.

IPL 2019: Alzzari Joseph sets record straight

Mumbai Indians
R Sharma (c) c D Hooda b Nabi ………..11
Q de Kock c D Hooda b S Kaul ………..19
S Yadav lbw b S Sharma …………………..7
I Kishan run out ………………………………17
K Pandya c Bairstow b S Kaul ……………6
K Pollard not out ……………………………..46
H Pandya c V Shankar b R Khan ……..14
R Chahar c Bairstow b Bhuvneshwar …10
A Joseph not out ……………………………….0
Extras (w-5, nb-1) …………………………….6
Total (for 7 wkts) ………………………….136
FoW: 21-1, 28-2, 43-3, 63-4, 65-5, 86-6, 97-7
Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-34-1, Sandeep Sharma 3-0-20-1, Mohammad Nabi 4-0-13-1, Yusuf Pathan 1-0-8-0, Siddarth Kaul 4-0-34-2, Rashid Khan 4-0-27-1.

Sunrisers hyderabad
M Bairstow † c Bumrah b Chahar 16
V Shankar c H Pandya b Joseph 5
M Pandey c Sharma b Behrendorff 16
D Hooda b Joseph 20
Y Pathan c I Kishan b Chahar 0
M Nabi c Sharma b Bumrah 11
R Khan c & b Joseph 0
B Kumar (c) b Joseph 2
S Kaul c †de Kock b Joseph 0
S Sharma not out 5
Extras (b-1, lb-2, w-3) 6
Total (all out 17.4 overs) 96
FoW: 1-33, 2-33, 3-42, 4-61, 5-62, 6-88, 7-88, 8-90, 9-91
Bowling: JP Behrendorff 4-0-28-1, Bumrah 3-0-16-1, RD Chahar 4-0-21-2, A Joseph 3.4-1-12-6, H Pandya 2-0-9-0, H Pandya 1-0-7-0

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