IPL 2024: Sunrisers Hyderabad out-hit Mumbai Indians in highest scoring T20 ever

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New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad posted a record total to out hit Mumbai Indians by 31 runs in IPL 2024 on Wednesday in a festival of power hitting that produced an aggregate score of 523 runs, the highest in a T20 game.

Multiple records, including 38 sixes, the most in an IPL game, were set as hosts Hyderabad smashed 277 for three, the biggest total in IPL’s 17-year history at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium after being sent into bat by Mumbai skipper Hardik Pandya.

Abhishek Sharma (63) blasted a 16-ball fifty, the quickest for Hyderabad in the tournament, bettering the mark by two balls that Travis Head (62) achieved minutes earlier in their innings.

Heinrich Klaasen (80 not out) then made merry launching whatever the Mumbai bowlers threw at him into the stands.

Mumbai gave their all in chase of the record total, reaching 246/5, with Rohit Sharma (26), Ishan Kishan (34), Naman Dhir (30), Tilak Varma (64) and Tim David (42) all producing blazing knocks but none could stay too long at the crease to raise hopes of an improbable win.

It was Mumbai’s second consecutive defeat while Hyderabad first win after defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in their first game in Kolkata.

Relentless hitting

Earlier, Travis Head (62 off 24, 9×4, 3×6) and Abhishek Sharma (63 off 23, 3×4, 7×6) were at their devastating bests with the latter hitting SRH’s fastest fifty in 16 balls, minutes after the Australian had set it in 18 deliveries, bettering David Warner’s 20-ball.

Heinrich Klaasen (80 not out off 34 balls, 4×4, 7×6) then added finishing touches along with Aiden Markram (42 off 28, 2×4, 1×6) as SRH broke an 11-year-old record set by RCB, who scored 263/5 vs Pune Warriors in 2013.

In a relentless display of hitting, Hyderabad batters hot boundaries and sixes at will. Mumbai captain Hardik Pandya were at their wits end as all their six bowlers went for at least nine runs an over.

Debutant pacer Kwena Maphaka (0/66) suffered the most, registered the third worst bowling figures in the tournament’s history. Even Jasprit Bumrah, who was not given the new ball again, leaked 36 runs and went wicketless.

Head was dropped by compatriot Tim David at the start. It only emboldened him to hit through the line as he sent the bowlers on a leather hunt.

There was no respite for Mumbai even after Head departed in the eight over as Sharma continued in the same vein, picking the gaps on the field at will.

When Sharma went back to the pavilion in the 11th over, the in-form Klaasen stepped up. The South African’s natural pinch hitting ability was on full display as the ball flew from his bat to all corners of the ground.

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