At exactly the halfway mark, with each team having played seven matches each, Sunrisers Hyderabad are in a miss, having won just once all season.
In a desperate move to curtail the slide, the Sunrisers think tank made arguably the boldest mid-season move of IPL history, stripping David Warner of the captaincy and handing it to Kane Williamson – a demotion that reportedly left Warner “shocked and disappointed”.
The leadership switch was supposed to save Hyderabad’s season and give them an instant boost but that did not happen as under Williamson, they were just as woeful on Sunday, conceding 220 runs to a Jos Buttler-inspired Rajasthan and losing by 55 runs.
The defeat means that this is now the Sunrisers’ worst ever start to an IPL campaign. They could soon be on the verge of becoming the first side to crash out of playoffs contention, if their results do not improve immediately.
While SRH failed to chase their 221-run target against Rajasthan, Mumbai, in their last game, were successful in tracking down their 219-run target against Chennai Super Kings.
The run chase, the second-highest of IPL history, was the doing of Kieron Pollard, who walked in when the score was 81-3 in the 10th over. Pollard smashed an unbeaten 34-ball 87 and helped Mumbai score an unbelievable 138 off the final 10 overs as boundaries rained at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
It was Mumbai’s second-straight chase win and it appears that the reigning champions are finally warmed up and raring to head towards the business end of the tournament.
Their top two of Quintin de Kock and Rohit Sharma are finding runs but still contributing match-winnings knocks. If they do, coupled with Pollard at the lower end, Mumbai could become a nightmare for others.