SHARJAH: Mumbai Indians‘ (MI) all-rounder Krunal Pandya lauded the bowling unit of the side after their 38-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on Sunday and said all the bowlers bowled really well.
Defending a total of 208, Mumbai bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 174/7 in their 20 overs. The pace-bowling trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and James Pattinson bagged two wickets each while Krunal claimed one.
Boult was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ for his figures of 2-28 in four overs.
“We have really quality fast bowlers, obviously Jasprit Bumrah is our number one bowler… All the fast bowlers have been consistent…also Mitchell McClenaghan and (Nathan) Coulter Nile are waiting (for their opportunity). We have good fast-bowlers’ pool,” Krunal said in the post-match press conference.
Commenting on MI’s decision to bat first after winning the toss, Krunal said, “The strategy was to put the maximum runs (on the board)…anything above 200 (and) the pressure will be there while chasing. So I guess it is better to bat first and put up a good total and then bowlers can execute their plans.”

“All the bowlers bowled really well, especially the crucial overs everyone bowled. Every over, in fact, was crucial because the ground is small and one over can change the momentum. As a bowling unit, we were unpredictable and were ahead in terms of what we had to do,” he added.
Earlier, opener Quinton de Kock’s fifty powered Mumbai Indians to 208/5.
Mumbai had a bad start as skipper Rohit Sharma (6) was caught behind by Jonny Bairstow off Sandeep Sharma in the first over.
Suryakumar Yadav then joined De Kock in the middle and they stitched a 42-run partnership. Yadav played a 27-run knock off 18 balls, including six fours, before he was dismissed by Siddarth Kaul in the last over of the powerplay.

Ishan Kishan and De Kock then added some quick runs with a 78-run partnership for the third wicket. De Kock scored 67 runs studded with fours sixes and as many boundaries.
Rashid Khan removed the South African opener in the 14th over. In the next over, Sandeep bagged Kishan as Manish Pandey took a spectacular catch at long-on. Kishan scored 31 runs.
Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard added 41 runs for the fourth wicket. Hardik scored 28 off 19 balls.
Krunal played a cameo as he scored 20* off four balls while Pollard remained unbeaten on 25 off 13.
For Hyderabad, Sharma and Kaul claimed two wickets each.

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