Alzarri Joseph made history on a sensational Indian Premier League debut, leading Mumbai Indians to a convincing 40-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

West Indies paceman Joseph claimed the best bowling figures in IPL history as he picked up 6-12 from his 3.4 overs, surpassing Sohail Tanvir's haul of 6-14 back in 2008.

The 22-year-old's efforts were also the eighth-best in a Twenty20 game.

Kieron Pollard had earlier lifted Mumbai from 65-5 with an unbeaten 46 off just 26 balls, helping set the Sunrisers a target of 137.

Jonny Bairstow (16) and David Warner (15) got Hyderabad off to a solid start, but the hosts lost their final five wickets for just eight runs in an astonishing collapse.

Joseph sparked the incredible finale by removing Deepak Hooda (20) and he ended it with 14 balls remaining by drawing an outside edge from Siddarth Kaul (0) that was snaffled by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

 

JOSEPH'S DREAM DEBUT

There cannot be many better ways to begin your first IPL appearance than by removing one of the competition's leading run scorers with your first delivery. That is precisely what Joseph did.

Warner – who sits fourth in the list of all-time IPL runs – attempted to play a huge shot to the boundary at the start of the fifth over but only edged Joseph back onto his stumps.

After Windies quick removed Hooda and Rashid Khan off successive deliveries in the 16th over, Hyderabad wilted and Mumbai surged to an impressive victory.

 

POLLARD PUNISHES SUNRISERS

Mumbai were sitting uncomfortably at 97-7 at the end of the 18th over, with Pollard making just nine off the first 13 balls he faced.

However, the 31-year-old plundered a trio of powerful maximums – one from a free hit – off the next set of six from Kaul.

The final over saw Pollard add another six and a pair of fours, with some sloppy fielding from Mohammad Nabi and Hooda proving key as the game turned on its head.

Five West Indians have been retained to their various teams for the Indian Premier League’s 2019 season. 

Lahore Qalandars selected AB de Villiers as first pick in the Pakistan Super League draft and Steve Smith was snapped up by a yet-to-be-named franchise on Tuesday.

De Villiers was the prized selection as a 'Platinum' player for a tournament which gets under way in February.

Mohammad Hafeez, Carlos Brathwaite and Yasir Shah will be among the former South Africa captain's Qalandars team-mates.

Banned ex-Australia skipper Smith was recruited by a 'sixth team' - formerly Multan Sultans - to play alongside the likes of Mohammad Abbas, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik.

Defending champions Islamabad United brought in former England batsman Ian Bell and secured a return for his compatriot Samit Patel.

Kieron Pollard will play for Peshawar Zalmi, while fellow West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was picked by Quetta Gladiators.

 

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin believes the return of the former Windies senior players to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force bolsters his side’s chances of winning the Regional Super50 competition that bowls off next week.

The St Lucia Stars are off the foot of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) table for the first time in this season but they must still be ruing the opportunity to get some revenge against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. 

The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, coming off a disappointing loss to the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Hero Caribbean Premier League, will look to regain some confidence and momentum when they play against the St Lucia Stars at the Warner Park Sporting Complex in Basseterre tonight. 

The St Lucia Stars have not caught many breaks in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with their latest woe coming from being docked their net run rate on account of bowling too slowly. 

The Jamaica Tallawahs have put themselves back in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) winners’ circle with a 21-run win over the St Lucia Stars at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet. 

The St Lucia Stars won for the second time in this season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League thanks to some wonderful bowling, some powerful hitting and despite some poor fielding at the Darren Sammy Stadium on Friday. 

Following the St. Lucia Stars’ humiliating defeat by seven wickets to the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Tuesday, Captain Kieron Pollard said nothing went right for his team who suffered their fifth loss of the season.

St Lucia Stars crashed to a humiliating seven-wicket defeat to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots after collapsing to 69 all out inside 13 overs at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

A maiden T20 hundred from skipper Kieron Pollard, at last, propelled St Lucia Stars to a first Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory in 15 matches as the disappointment of 24 hours earlier was washed away in a dominant 38-run victory over Barbados Tridents.

Darren Sammy of the St. Luca Stars has slammed fans for called team captain Keiron Pollard a sell-out but urged them to come back out tonight to support the team as they go for their first win against the Barbados Tridents at Gros Islet.

An outrageous 94 not out off 36 balls from Darren Bravo, ably supported by Brendon McCullum (68 from 42), propelled Trinbago Knight Riders to an extraordinary victory over St Lucia Stars as the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) produced another miracle match in which a world-record 34 sixes sailed into the stands at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground on Thursday night.

St Lucia Stars captain Kieron Pollard does not believe the fact that the team remains winless after two starts this season and has not won in the 13 straight games, will have an effect on the team’s performance when they go up against the Jamaica Tallawahs at Sabina Park on Tuesday.

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