Mayank Markande proved his performance in the match against Chennai Super Kings was no fluke as he dismantled the Sunrisers top-order with his terrific googlies. On the other hand, the match was also a reaffirmation of the fact how Sunrisers’ continue to be well stacked with pace-bowling riches.
Sunrisers and their terrific pace-bowling arsenal
Sunrisers Hyderabad and defending champions Mumbai Indians had completely contrasting starts to their campaigns this year as the hosts cruised to a nine-wicket victory over returning Rajasthan Royals without breaking a sweat, while Chennai Super Kings pulled off a grand heist in the last over to hand Mumbai a heart-breaking one-wicket loss at the latter’s home venue.
So, coming into the match, it
And with the victory, it was also established that the team’s strength lies in their brilliant bowling. While their batsmen, especially the top-order, have been consistent over the years, it was their bowlers who made the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium a fortress for them and the match today just confirmed that.
Siddharth Kaul, who returned 2 for 17 in his four overs against Rajasthan, did an encore today by conceding only 19 runs in four overs. In the absence of their spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar, others needed to step up to the plate and Sandeep Sharma did that beautifully to pick up two wickets at an economy rate of 6.25.
Kaul consistently hit the deck hard on the good length spot on a surface where bounce was available, and along with his pace variations, put the fear of the god among Mumbai batsmen. While Sandeep and Billy Stanlake got some movement early on, Kaul kept a mid-on and mid-off and bowled full deliveries outside off, which really helped the team strangle Mumbai completely.
Has India unearthed another leggie for ages
Leg-spin has always been a very rare art in international cricket and it is only in recent times that leg-spinners have started becoming a dominant force in the world cricket. And looking at Mayank Markande - Mumbai’s latest scouting star - it is distinctly visible how leg-spinners in the country of Bedi, Chandra and Prasanna have sent the finger-spinners down the pecking order.
In the art of pottery, the most important part is when the clay has maximum moisture content and hence is malleable. This is the only condition in which the potter gives the clay the shape he desires and in that count, Mumbai's scouting has sent a message loud and clear.
While the Mukesh Ambani-owned franchise
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