An emphatic victory by a margin of 5 wickets last night meant that Mumbai Indians hopped over to the top of the table. They have played their share of 7 matches and with 5 wins and a NRR of +1.327 means that they have emerged as the best of the pack. For most, it is just mere formality for MI to book their places in the playoffs. In every match they have won, they have got a new ‘Man of the Match’ which shows how well they are performing as a unit.
QDK with all his award post match against DC (Twitter/mipaltan)
MI’s duo of QDK and Rohit have performed well individually but how have they fared together? Let’s see the score at which MI’s first wicket has fallen in the 7 matches-
- Against CSK:- 46 runs (4.4 overs)
- Against KKR:- 8 runs (1.2 overs)
- Against RCB:- 14 runs (1.4 overs)
- Against KXIP:- 0 run (0.5 overs)
- Against SRH:- 6 RUNS (0.5 overs)
- Against RR:- 49 runs (4.5 overs)
- Against DC:- 31 runs (4.6 overs)
As we can see, the opening duo hasn’t been that successful together. They have failed to stay on the crease for more than 30 balls and the highest stand they have put up is 49 runs on board which can be a lot better.
Rohit Sharma with his MOM award against KKR (Twitter/mipaltan)
QDK and Rohit have performed well individually with 191 and 216 runs respectively in 7 matches till now. Both of them have won one Man of the Match award each. Once MI’s opening duo manages to give them a good start and stays long on the crease, then there’s nothing stopping them from IPL glory.
MI’s strength hasn’t been just the quality of their batsmen but the quantity too. They have immense depth in their lineup which has helped them from time to time.
Suryakumar Yadav has been sensational with three 40+ scores in 7 matches. Currently, he is the top scorer for MI this season and it is hoped that he continues his fine form further on. Ishan Kishan started his season brilliantly with a hard-fought 99 runs but after that, he has failed to convert his good starts. He has scored 28,31,0 and 28 in the rest of the matches but his SR of 144.18 is a merry sign for MI.
Hardik Pandya struggled initially but he bounced back with scores of 30*, 28, and 30*. He has a healthy SR of 155.17 and if anything is needed from him then it is that he stays longer on the crease. His brother, Krunal Pandya on the other hand has struggled a little more with the bat. He can do better with the willow if we exclude his star innings of 20*(4) against SRH. Kieron Pollard has easily been the best of the three. He had some brilliant knocks like the Man of the Match worthy 47* against KXIP or the determined 60* against RCB. He has a more than impressive strike-rate of 189.13 which is the best by any player this season.
Overall, MI’s batting has performed well as a unit and it is no one-man team. Every other player has stepped up in one or the other match.
MI’s bowling has been disciplined, organized, and probably the best this season. The bowling unit has managed to take 7 or more wickets four times this season which includes RR’s all out.
Boult and Pattinson celebrating (Twitter/mipaltan)
The pace bowling trio of Bumrah, Boult, and Pattinson has worked like a well-oiled machine for them. Both Bumrah and Boult are in the top 3 wicket-takers this season while Pattinson stands 8th.
The three of them have a bowling average of lesser than 24 and a bowling strike rate of less than 17.50. The three of them have complemented each other beautifully. Boult and Pattinson have been excellent in the powerplay while Bumrah has just been Bumrah. Bumrah showed signs of rustiness initially but he bounced back with a bang. Boult has clearly been the best trade made by any team and with Pattinson, it looks that MI hasn’t been missing Malinga after all! Kieron Pollard has also been a happy option for the Paltan.
Before the season, it was said that MI’s spin bowling department isn’t anywhere near as say SRH or RCB. While it is still quite true, MI’s spin bowling unit hasn’t been that bad either as was said.
Rahul Chahar has taken 7 wickets in 7 games with an economy of 7.75. Krunal Pandya lags a little behind with 5 wickets in 7 games at an economy of 8.18. Unlike Rashid Khan or Chahal, Rahul and Krunal haven’t been the go-to wicket-takers this season. Both of them can improve for sure be it as wicket-takers or economy-wise.
The spin bowling department is surely that one chink in the armour of MI. If Rahul and Krunal start to click together, then MI will have near to nil things to worry about.
MI Paltan (Twitter/mipaltan)
In my opinion, it is just mere formality for MI to qualify for the playoffs. The best thing about MI has been that they have gone with the same combination for so many matches. They haven’t made any desperate changes like say KXIP or RR. The only change they have made was when they replaced Saurabh with Ishan Kishan which has still paid off.
MI’s fielding has been top-notch too. There is no rustiness in the field and with excellent fielders like Pollard, the Pandya Brothers, Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult- there is no headache when it comes to fielding. MI’s never-give-up attitude has also been known very well which was highlighted in the match against RCB.
So overall, MI has very little things to worry about. They have performed well as a unit and look sorted to defend their title. Only time will tell whether they will continue their fine form and add a 5th to their cabinet or will they falter.
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