“Flat Pitches, Small Boundaries”: Pakistan Star Mocks IPL As SRH vs MI Game Sets T20 Record

The SunRisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians IPL 2024 game at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday was a proper run-fest. The surface was so conducive for batting that even bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Pat Cummins leaked runs. Both SRH and MI together scored a total of 523 runs in the match. A record 38 sixes were plundered in the game and it was the first time 500 runs were scored in a T20 match. While commenting on the game, out-of-favour Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan mocked IPL for the kind of surface offered and the size of boundaries.

“Flat pitches, small boundaries, quick outfield. This is called IPL. A target of 278,” wrote the player on X after SRH posted 277 for 3 — the highest total in IPL history — batting first.

Chasing the mammoth total, MI did threaten SRH with some superb batting but ended up being 31-run short.

“Credit goes to the wicket. 523 runs in just 40 overs with only 8 wickets fallen.

Is this actual cricket or is it stick cricket??” wrote Junaid in another post.

Records tumbled as Sunrisers Hyderabad went on a rampage to post the highest ever IPL total of 277 for 3 against Mumbai Indians before sealing a victory in a power-hitting contest that left bowlers on both sides befuddled.

SRH opener Travis Head (62 off 24) and number three Abhishek Sharma (63 off 23) came up with a sensational display of power-hitting that saw the latter snatching the franchise record for the fastest fifty from the Australian within minutes.

Heinrich Klaasen (80 not out off 34 balls) provided the fireworks in the end to help SRH break an 11-year-old record.

The previous highest total in IPL was 263 for five achieved by Royal Challengers Bangalore back in 2013. It was also the highest total recorded in a T20 league.

Mumbai bowlers were left shell-shocked by SRH’s six-hitting spree but their batters came out with a purpose and made a match out of what looked like a one way traffic at the innings break.

Eventually, they ended at 246 for five in 20 overs.

(With PTI Inputs)

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