SRH vs MI: How Sunrisers Hyderabad decimated Mumbai Indians by scoring a mammoth 277/3 – explained | Cricket News

Records fell as Sunrisers Hyderabad went on a rampage, posting their highest ever IPL total of 277 for 3 against the Mumbai Indians before securing a 31-run win in a power-hitting contest that saw the bowlers on both sides confused. SRH opener Travis Head (62 off 24) and number three Abhishek Sharma (63 off 23) put up a sensational power hitting show with the latter snatching the franchise record for fastest 50 from the Australian within a matter of minutes. Heinrich Klaasen (80 points from 34 balls) provided the fireworks in the end and helped SRH break an eleven-year-old record. The previous highest total in the IPL was 263 for five, achieved by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013. It was also the highest total recorded in a T20 league.

The Mumbai bowlers were completely shocked by SRH’s six-hit streak but their batters had one goal in mind and managed a match even though it looked like a one-way affair at the innings break.

In the end, they finished at 246 for five from 20 overs.

A record-breaking 38 sixes were plundered in the game and it was the first time that 500 runs were scored in a T20 match.

“The wicket was good but 277, no matter how good or bad you bowl, if the opponent gets 277 it means he batted very well. It was tough out there for the bowlers. Nearly 500 runs were scored, so the wicket helped the batters,” MI captain Hardik Pandya said after the game.

Chasing a mammoth 278 in his 200th game for the franchise, Rohit Sharma (26 off 12) played some outstanding shots and was well complemented by Ishan Kishan (34 off 13) who scored some much-needed runs.

Tilak Varma (64 off 34 balls) took the game to the depths with a quality knock consisting of half a dozen sixes. With 182 for three in 14 overs and seven wickets in hand, Mumbai Indians were on their way to something special before they succumbed to the constant pressure on the scoreboard.

Tim David (42 not out from 22) tried his best towards the end but it wasn’t enough.

Earlier, it rained fours and sixes as Head and Sharma toyed with the Mumbai Indians attack after being deployed to bat.

Head, who was surprisingly left out of the starting XI in the opening match, cemented his status as one of the most dangerous batsmen in the game with a blistering performance.

He broke David Warner’s record of fastest fifty by an SRH batsman with a half-century in 18 balls before Sharma surpassed Head’s feat 20 balls later by reaching the milestone in 16 balls.

Head, who was dropped by compatriot Tim David early in his innings, opened his front leg and hit boundaries at will, collecting a total of nine fours and three sixes.

The southpaw completed his fifty with an inside-out four on middle before firing a bouncer off Gerald Coetzee for a six over deep midwicket, prompting opposition captain Hardik Pandya to appreciate the Australian’s brutal attack.

When Head left, Sharma went hammer and tongs, targeting mainly the cow corner region with his seven sixes and three boundaries.

It has been a nightmarish start to the IPL for 17-year-old South African pacer Kwena Maphaka, who made it into the Mumbai Indians squad on the back of his exploits in the U-19 World Cup.

He leaked as many as 66 runs in his four overs. The left-arm pacer failed to recover from Head’s onslaught in his second over where he conceded 22 runs.

With the majority of Mumbai bowlers sent to the cleaners, it was surprising that Mumbai Indians captain Pandya waited until the 13th over to give Jasprit Bumrah his second over.

After Sharma was sent off, the in-form Klaasen ensured that SRH’s six-pointer didn’t end. In the end, Klaasen had seven sixes, with the maximum coming from a Bumrah bouncer.

Klaasen almost took SRH over the finish line with his stunning strike against KKR at the Eden Gardens.

Former captain Aiden Markram hit 42 off 28 balls.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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