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